German Paratroopers Volume 2
Errata and Addenda

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Page 43: Of course, this photo doesn’t show Hauptmann Koch, but rather Oberleutnant Rudolf Witzig.

Page 47: The vehicle in the photo is a le. Zugkraftwagen 1 t (Sd.Kfz. 10) Demag Typ D7.

Page 77: The portrait photo shows Ernst Strakeljahn of the Sturm-Regiment.

Page 97: The photo was taken in Normandy, but in May 1943 not in 1944. It shows paratroopers of the newly formed 1. Fallschirmjäger-Division during their training

Page 112: This camouflage net is actually a captured British item, not a U.S. one.

Pages 138 & 154: These photos weren’t taken on Crete but rather at the Grafenwöhr training area some weeks after the battle. There the (surviving) members of the Fallsch-Pi-Btl. 1 re-enacted some scenes for a propaganda film.

Page 184: Delete the last sentence “To date, known period photos … attached to the bag” in the 2nd paragraph in the running text on the medical aid bag. The male press-snap fasteners mentioned are just the posts of inside press studs which closed the inside pouches of early bags, whereas in later style bags the press studs were fitted to inside pouches to close.

Page 205: The photo was taken during the fights at Anzio/Nettuno in 1944.

Page 217: According to the army’s H.Dv. 205/1 “Vorschrift für die Zeltausrüstung des Mannes” (dated 20 April 1932) – which presumably applied to the Luftwaffe too –, every soldier carried two tent pegs and only one tent pole.

Page 233: This doesn’t show an actual squad (Gruppe) but an informal gathering, as a Fallschirmjäger squad was equipped with two MG 34, but didn’t have a Panzerbüchse.

Page 236: The Ofw. in tropical helmet and cut-off jump trousers in the Crete photo is Helmut Arpke, platoon leader in the 3./Sturm-Regiment.

Page 237: The photo is from the Thomas Steinke collection.

Page 238: The left photo shows Paul Beck of FJR 5, who can also be seen on page 91.

Page 242: The top photo shows members of the 1./Sturm-Regiment on Crete.

Page 260: The medics’ jeep is a le. Einheits-Pkw Stoewer Typ 40.

Page 280: The third soldier from the right in the bottom photo is Albert Deufel.

Pages 290 – 302: We made some minor mistakes when packing the R.Z. 1, 16 and 20, e.g. on p. 298, where we have tied the shroud lines with red thread – but this was only done on the R.Z. 1. The excellent manual „German WWII Back Pack Static Line Parachutes – Packing Manual – R. Z. 16, R. Z. 20“ by Pawel Moszner demonstrates the correct packing method for the two mentioned parachute patterns. Unfortunately this booklet is currently (2018) only available via ebay.

Page 303: Helmut Pioch, who is shown in the top photo, fought with the Sturm-Regiment on Crete and also saw combat in Northern Africa.

Page 310: The empty packing-tool roll at the bottom is the pattern used for the Fallschirmjägers’ parachutes. Here’s an example for a complete example and ist contents. (Pawel Moszner)

Page 344: The drop containers in the two bottom photos belonged to the 12./Sturm-Regiment, commanded by Olt. Gansewig, who was KIA on Crete on 20 May 1941.

Page 347: The aircraft in both photos are Junkers Ju 52.

Page 354: The right photo of the men boarding the Ju 52 shows men of Olt. Wolfgang von Blücher’s platoon from 2./FJR1. The machine-gunner is Gerhard Broder, the man in front of him is likely his assistant-gunner, Rudolf Jacob.

Special thanks go to Eric Lefèvre, Thomas Steinke, Pawel Moszner, Adrian Nesbit & Roly Pickering.