German Volkssturm troops in Ratibor, Germany (now Racibórz, Poland), 2 Feb 1945; note Kar98k rifles and Panzerfaust

Caption   German Volkssturm troops in Ratibor, Germany (now Racibórz, Poland), 2 Feb 1945; note Kar98k rifles and Panzerfaust ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 183-H29033
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Mauser Kar98k   Main article  Photos  
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Photos on Same Day 2 Feb 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 6 Jul 2011

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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
8 Oct 2016 07:22:49 PM

ARMY OF OLD MEN & BOYS:

File photo shows an older out of shape veteran, rank on collar shows two pips that of a Zugfuhrer.
Both have been issued winter greatcoats, the other is a much younger man, rank unknown, weapons are two Mauser K98 rifles and an anti-tank Panzerfaust.

THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON:

The Volkssturm Militia was made up of older men, veterans and boys between 16 or younger to 60 years old. Not all units were issued field-gray uniforms, while others were equipped with a mix of civilian and field-gray uniforms, for identification they wore Volkssturm armbands.
Weapons were German, as well as a mix of captured British, French, Belgian and Italian many of which had different calibers.
Volkssturm troops were no match against the combat experienced Soviet army...they were just cannon fodder.

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