German Paratroopers Volume 2 available

Volume 2 of the definitive work on the German Paratroopers is finally available since 10th november 2016

5Z135In 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.

  • Available in English and German.
  • 368 pages
  • 1,250 colour and b/w photos
  • Large format: 8.8’ x 11.8’
  • Hard cover with deluxe binding and dust jacket
  • More than 6 years of preparation and research in public and private archives
    Items from the most advanced collections worldwide were photographed for this series

The sample pages on the „Zeughaus Verlag“ page have been updated in the meantime. Whereas before they showed mostly helmets, now they also include bandos, an FG 42, a R.Z. 1 parachute

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
  • 368 pages
  • 6 years of work & preps / in the making