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  • Project 1944
    prepared horseshoe in the Pferdegepà ck on the saddle a front and rear design with reserve nails The blacksmith just has to file the hoof and place the horseshoe This is possible alongside the road you can call it a road side patch up The horse can always be taken to the farriery wagon later on to adjust the horseshoe A horse that loses an iron can quickly run limp

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  • Project 1944
    The Meldereiter hands over his spare horseshoe Detail of the horseshoe and the corresponding nails Nailing the shoe onto the hoof 1 2 3 4

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Fahnenschmied/Page3/Fahnenschmied3.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    S bit snaffle combination Both riders are dressed in the Model 42 Feldbluse leather reinforced riding breeches and high riding boots Conform to the regulations for mounted troops the gasmask had to be worn in a nearly vertical position under the right arm the carabine slung over the right shoulder to facilitate mounting and the bayonet positioned on the right under the bread bag to avoid contact with the carabine

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  • Project 1944
    and 11 Each Batterie was armed with six 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 As before the IV Abteilung was completely horse drawn On 29th October 1944 the 277 Volksgrenadier Division was sent to the Eifel region to take over a sector starting from the Forsthaus Wahlerscheid in the north to Losheim in the south Their task was to secure and defend the first line of the Westwall These static positions were retained during November and the first weeks of December before the start of the Ardennes offensive Artillerie Regiment 277 was spread out along this sector in support of the Grenadier Regiments During this static period the horses from the 10 Batterie were sheltered in local barns and stables They were only brought outside when there was a thick fog this provided protection against allied air attacks After the experiences during the winter of 1941 The German Army stopped clipping the hair of the horses at the beginning of the winter Too many horses died due to cold exposure during the previous winters so they would let the horses grow their winter coats This way they were better protected against the elements but this also required extra care like grooming

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Pferde/Pferde.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    orientation skills When determining a line of march with the Marschkompass the steel helmet must be removed otherwise this will interfere the magnetic field of the compass This was the typical marching compass of the Wehrmacht soldiers until 1945 There were several models produced the first models were made entirely of brass case and lid and the folding ruler measured only 50 mm Due to lack of raw material during

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Zeltpack/Zeltpack.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    reached its targets This story is based on the notes in the diary of a Belgian woman during those turbulent days of May 1940 We are in war again Germany has crossed our borders last Friday for the second time in 25 years We are listening to the radio all day it is our only source to obtain some information what is going on It s clear that the Germans are advancing fast We re discussing what to do Many people in town have already left A large part of the population went on the run Because of the fightings and the bombardments because of fear for a repeat of the brutalities of the First World War or just because everybody is fleeing Approximately 2 million Belgian refugees fled their houses They caused huge traffic jams and impeded military troup movements The refugees became a problem not only for the military but also for the local authorities They didn t know what to do with thousands of people arriving in the cities Some people are going to the western side of Belgium thinking it will be safer over there The largest part went to France but only to face the

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/May1940/May.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    the German Army and eventually all German infantry formations were to have adopted their organisation and equipment In reality however the Volksgrenadiere suffered from equipment shortages and a lack of vital training The organisation From the organisation point of view the significance of the Volksgrenadier Division lies in its decrease of personnel and increase of automatic weapons submachine guns The three Grenadier Regiments of each two Battalions and a seperate Fuselier company that stood under direct command of the Division staff formed the infantry component of a Volksgrenadier Division The biggest difference could be found in the Companies containing one Rifle Platoon and two Machine Pistol Platoons Sturmzug armed with the Sturmgewehr 44 The platoon contained the Platoon Headquarters and three squads with 9 men each Panzerschreck bazooka and Panzerfaust weapons replaced all antitank guns in the infantry regiments The armament The Maschinenpistole 44 or MP44 was to become the trademark weapon of the new Volksgrenadier Divisions and many of the newly formed units appear to have been equipped with it The MP44 was a gas operated weapon that fired a shortened 7 92 x 33 mm Kurz cartridge that retained the hitting power of the longer infantry cartridge at close range but lacked the accuracy at ranges of 500 metres and more It has a maximum effective range of 400 meters in the single shot mode and 150 meters in the full automatic mode The weapon is fed from a curved thirty round magazine  Initial production was delayed because Hitler forbade its manufacture believing the weapon would lead to a wasteful expenditure of ammunition But the manufacturers were so convinced the superiority of the weapon production began surreptitiousley When Hitler finaly discovered during an inspection in the fall of 1944 that the weapon was already in wide use

    Original URL path: http://www.project1944.be/Volksgrenadiere/VGD.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Project 1944
    persistence and the resources they could find in the forest These groups were different from the other partisan groups in the area The leader of the partisan group around Novogrudok Tuvia Bielski believed it was his duty not just to fight the Germans but also provide a safe haven for fellow Jews fleeing the deathsquads In December 1941 Tuvia Bielski escaped together with his three brothers from the ghetto and fled into the woods Deep in those forests they assembled with other refugees and started to develop their own partisan fighting group In the following two years hundreds of men women and children found their way to the Bielski camp No one was refused Under the protection of the Bielski partisans more than 1000 Jews survived the war In this little project we ll not illustrate the whole history and life of the Bielski partisans because this theme is just too extensive Instead we follow two partisans during their provisioning duty Alyosha and Nikolai are guiding their horse through the woods with some captured German army bread and additional supplies provided by the local population When Germany invaded the Sovjet Union in June 1941 the Russian army was surprised and

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