German officer, likely a 2nd Lieutenant, of the GEBIRGSJÄGER (Mountain Troops) putting white camouflage on his helmet.
Identified by edelweiss sleeve patch.
Measures 7 X 10 cm.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
During World War II the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS raised a number of mountain infantry units.
An entire corps was formed in Norway by 1941. Its divisions were lightly equipped, with much of the transport provided by mules. These mountain infantry were equipped with fewer automatic weapons than regular infantry, however the MG 34 or MG 42 machine gunners were provided with more ammunition than their regular infantry counterparts. Mountain infantry were identified by the edelweiss insignia worn on their sleeves and their caps.
Mountain infantry participated in many battles, including Operation Weserübung, Operation Silver Fox, Operation Platinum Fox and Operation Arctic Fox, the operations in the Caucasus, the Gothic Line, the invasion of Crete and the battles in the Vosges region of France. Special equipment was made for them including the G33/40 mauser rifle based on the VZ.33 rifle.
Note: The sale of these items in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record.