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Flames Of War D-Day Boot Camp: Friday

Flames Of War D-Day Boot Camp: Friday

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Lewis Gears US Up On The SS Panzer Grenadier Division's Gear

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Lewis has come to the Boot Camp in the uniform of a Rottenführer of the 12th SS Panzer Grenadier Division, and took some time to introduce us all to all of the gear these soldiers carried into battle.

 

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Harley
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Harley

That man has some beautiful kit!!! ^___^

goatberger
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Interesting and informative. Thanks!

oriskany
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Great job @wittmann007 ! Keep that history going, man. 😀

wittmann007
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That’s high praise indeed! 🙂

oriskany
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😀

Amanda
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Great stuff!

goban
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Thanks Louis now I have to repaint my entire bolt action army.
Sod it.
I will get myself the hit the beach box.

brucelea
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Good to see Lewis back.

Robert
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Really informative, thank you.

necrothrall
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That was really interesting, thank you

Duncan Petrie
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Duncan Petrie

I found this very interesting and informative too, thanks very much.

lawnor
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You should have bought everyone plain white clothes and had John paint them in scheme.

ghent99
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I don’t think I can paint up my Germans look have that look. It will be worth a shot but who knows how it will turn out.

adamlee999
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Thanks for this, nice to see the full scale uniform…especially for the German Camo pattern and the kit!

jarminiatures
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Really interesting, thanks

jemmy
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Lewis knows a lot and shares it with us, just like the mighty oriskany: That´s simply great.
I wonder how much a complete kit like this costs.

wittmann007
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I’m actually not sure how much this all cost me.

Ballpark? Probably pushing £1000. That’s without the weapons.

Shredhead
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14 years and I still know how to disassemble and put back together that MG. Not fun to shoot if you’re wearing glasses and helmet, and the beak on the stock pushes into your shoulder. Yet, even the MG3, which has its rate of fire capped around 1000 rpm sounds like a god of war.
Btw, the MG42 did not have a rate of fire of 1200 rpm, but basically open end. The longer you fired, the higher the rate, starting at around 900 rpm.

wittmann007
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There’s something about being sat behind such a weapon. You can almost feel the power emanating from it, even if it’s deactivated like this one.

You’re quite right about the rate of fire. The reason I used 1200 as the benchmark as, like you said, it was kind of open ended (The “on paper” numbers were somewhere between 900–1,500 rounds/min with different bolts)

Shredhead
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I definitely don’t envy anyone who had to go up against one of these. Afaik US doctrine was to wait till barrel change, then charge. There’s a reason that one guy in an MG bunker on D-Day racked up thousands of kills.

oriskany
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That was the idea, @Shredhead and @wittmann007 – And the scenes with the MG 42s in the opening seconds of the Dog Green (Vierville Draw) scene at Saving Private Ryan is, sadly, one of the more accurate parts of the movie. That section of that beach was hit by 116th RCT / 29th US Infantry Division, led by “A” Company / 1st Battalion. They took 95% casualties in the opening seconds of the assault. Three small towns in Virginia pretty much lost that generation’s male population right there.

Another big reason for that massacre (besides the effectiveness of the MG 42 and the well-trained crews of the Wehrmacht 352nd Infantry) is the lack of DD Shermans. Virtually the while lead battalion of 55 machines sank in the Channel because American commanders released them too far from the beach, despite British warnings. So picture that scene with 55 Shermans on the beach firing 75mm HE-FRAG up into those German “wiederstandnester” bunkers. That MG42 fire would have been silenced very quickly.

Sadly, such was not the case.

Dave
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Thanks for the information.

While
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Very nice reference for the bootcampers!

pschwag
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Love to see how WWII can still draw in people of all ages and in so many different ways. I always love seeing the German uniforms live because of the 1000’s of black and white photo’s, color is always amazing. This is also a great help for my painting as others have mentioned.

khy0te
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Thanks for the breakdown Lewis!

wargamer-painter Phil
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great kit, i have a ww2 GI helmet by the side of my bed, it took some explaining when i enticed a young lady back to see my etchings her first words of romance were “what freaky shit are you into?”

wittmann007
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Christ, I hope they don’t look in my wardrobe!

hairybrains
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very informative, great job

msenli
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These uniforms look sweet, especially with the weaponry. Could use some weathering though 🙂 and oh, I miss Dave with his uniform, what ever happened to the fella ?

rokdok
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Ankle booted thug just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

zorg
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what a great video guys.

wittmann007
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Noticed the “Cosplay” title.

Thanks, Warren! 😀

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