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 Post subject: Feldjagers
PostPosted: Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:04 pm 
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Rather than plod through old posts and I gather it's bad form to resurect old threads...

I have read both Chain Dogs books and all three Osprey WWII German Police books time and agiain, but there is little in depth information noted on the FJ. They are always depicted as Heer NCO's, so my question is were they ever SS NCO's?

90% of the pictures of FG I have seen show them only wearing pistol belts and a sidearm with a winkerkellie in hand, stuck in the belt or even into the top of a boot. All literature indicates that all the rest of the gear was left in the car, truck or motorcyce. Knowing the iron clad rule of keeping one's gask mask at hand, I am wondering why I never see it worn in FG photographs. [shrug]


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 Post subject: Re: Feldjagers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:32 am 
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last weekend I helped a friend with his WW2 exibition and on one of the veterans plates who was interviewed stands that he was a (Flemish Waffen-SS) Feldjäger after he was awarded the EK2 and got promoted to SS-Unterscharführer

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 Post subject: Re: Feldjagers
PostPosted: Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:53 pm 
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Thanks SC. Nothing like first hand information.

I was waiting to see if Feldjager was going to chime in with some additional comments.


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 Post subject: Re: Feldjagers
PostPosted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:49 am 
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SS did serve in the Feldjägerkorps, but it was a bone of contention as they then fell directly under the Heer/Wehrmacht chain of command. There was, however no SS Feldjägerkorps in it's own right.

Most FG photos do indeed show minimal field gear being worn (as you say, nothing more that ammo pouches, sidearm and occasionally a mapcase). From veteran interviews I've conducted, the main consensus is that the rest of the equipment was left nearby, such as in a vehicle etc. or dumped at the side of the raod. The items that most can remember taking with them were personal weapons, ammo pouches, bayonet, breadbag, mess tin, waterbottle, respirator tin and food. They could be out in the field for up to 12-14 hours at a time when on work such as point duties, so the essentials were taken. They were not normally worn as they were cumbersome and if needed could be reached quickly. A case of Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?!

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 Post subject: Re: Feldjagers
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2015 11:48 am 
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Looking for any Feldjager photos as I am portraying one. Any photos appreciated


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