German Paratroopers

Karl Veltzé

Uniforms and Equipment 1936 -1945

The books will be indispensable to collectors, uniform enthusiasts and military historians alike. This three-volume work is the most comprehensive and detailed study of the World War II German paratrooper to date, providing in-depth examinations of nearly every uniform item—including all models of jump smocks—and equipment used from the airborne forces’ establishment in the mid-1930s to May 1945. It also extensively covers specific insignia and various unique ephemera. Finally, the work provides in-depth summaries of the operations the “Green Devils” fought in, from the air assaults on Norway, Belgium’s Fort Eben Emael, Holland and Crete, over ground combat in North Africa, Russia, Italy and Normandy through the Battle of the Bulge and on to the last days of the Third Reich.

The author and publisher were able to draw on an unprecedented degree of cooperation with collectors and museums from all over the world. The three volumes run to more than 1,000 pages, with thousands of specially commissioned color photographs of original Fallschirmjäger artefacts, some of them never shown before, accompanied by many unique period black and white images, many of them hitherto unpublished.

Volume I: Uniforms

Chapter I: The Blue-Grey Uniform
Chapter II: Jump Smocks
Chapter III: Paratroopers Trousers
Chapter IV: Footwear
Chapter V: Tropical and Winter Clothing
Chapter VI: Special Clothing
Chapter VII: Non-Standard Clothing





Contents Volume I
Price: 79,95 €
ISBN: 978-3-938447-86-4
Order-No. Zeughaus Verlag: 5Z134
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Volume II: Helmets, Equipment and Weapons

In the 368 pages of this second of the projected three volumes of German Paratroopers – Uniforms and Equipment 1936-1945 the author, Karl Veltzé, not only takes a very detailed look at the Fallschirmjäger helmets – more than a third of this volume is dedicated to them – , but also deals with the paratroopers’ special equipment (gasmask bags, hand grenade bags, ammunition bandoleers, medic equipment). The standard field equipment is covered next, followed by a chapter devoted to the individual and crew-served weapons utilized by the German airborne forces; among these are both versions of the special FG 42 paratrooper rifle. The parachutes used by the German paras are examined on 40 pages, whilst the last chapter looks at their drop containers. 

This volume follows the development of the many pieces of equipment used by the German paratroopers from the early days to the last days of the Third Reich, describing in great detail the characteristics of the various models.

Six years of research and collaboration with some of the most important Fallschirmjäger collections have gone into these volumes so far. Collectors and military enthusiasts will be able to study some of the rarest original pieces and find a lot of interesting and new information in these pages. The full-colour photographs of the various items are accompanied by hundreds of period photos, more than 150 of them not published before, showing helmets, equipment and weapons in wear. 

From the author Karl Véltze:
I just spoke to my publisher and was very thrilled to hear that both the English and the German edition of volume 2 have been printed now and should be available from dealers from mid-November.

I hope to meet some of the forum members at the Kassel show in November, to finally put faces to the names. We’re still looking for interesting material for volume 3….

  • 132 pages dedicated to helmets, 54 to special para equipment, 40 normal equipment, 52 on weapons, 40 on parachutes and, finally, another 32 on drop containers.
  • 45 helmets, uncovered incl. all 3 models
  • 11 helmet covers
  • 11 helmets with wire camo etc
  • 7 gas mask bags
  • 4 hand grenade bags
  • 17 bandos
  • both FG 42 bandos
  • para medics’ pouches incl. rare blue one
  • all 4 patterns of parachutes, incl. some modern packing of chutes
Contents Volume II
Price: 79,95 €
ISBN: 978-3-938447-87-1
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Volume III: Insignia, Documents, Ephemera and Battles

Chapter I: Paratroopers of the Army and others
Chapter II: Paratrooper Badges, Cuff Titles, Unit Badges and Awards
Chapter III: Dog Tags and Personal Documents Chapter IV: Individual Groupings
Chapter V: Mementos, Books and Printed Material
Chapter VI: Battle Honors of the Paratroopers (uniformed mannequins)




Price: 79,95 €
ISBN: 978-3-938447-88-8
Order No. Zeughaus Verlag: 5Z136
Published Spring 2018
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