German soldier with a Gewehr 43 semi-automatic rifle, date unknown

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Added Date 5 Apr 2008



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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
10 Sep 2011 01:49:22 PM

This trooper could be a Sergeant or Corporal rank denoted by the white lace around his collar, and on the shoulder straps. He's armed with the G-43 semi-automatic rifle, that fired the Mauser 7.92mm round this weapon was fed by a detachable box magazine that held ten rounds. He's carrying the Mauser 98K ammo pouches that held 5-rounds in stripper clips. The G-43 evolved from the G-41 semi-auto rifle. After WW2 the G-43 was used by the Czechoslovak and East German Armies as well as the E.German border troops and police (Volkspolizei) or VoPo. Other countries in post-war Europe used whatever German weapons were available. I have a photo of West German border troops wearing WW2 Stalhelms and armed with G-43s.
2. Jed says:
23 Nov 2012 10:25:48 AM

Nice photo

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