"SS Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger" was a German military unit that consisted of criminals and prisoners convicted of serious crimes (murder, rape, arson). They committed severe acts of brutality during the war. This photo was taken during the Warsaw Uprising. (Poland - August 1944)


The people with all the guns out look serious. Plus, there's the guy at the far right with a grenade ready to go. Weirdest to me, though, is the guy sitting simply to your right of glasses man. Everyone else I ...



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  • The guys with the guns out look serious. Plus, there's the guy at the far right with a grenade ready to go. Weirdest to me, though, is the guy sitting just to the right of glasses guy. Everyone else I can kind of imagine their role at that moment and maybe somewhat what they're thinking. But sitting guy? He's holding his rifle casually next to him and he has this dipshit smirk on his face like Tony Shaloub often did in Wings. I have no idea what's going on with that guy but he seems completely out of place.
  • He reminds me of the guy in Battlefield: Bad Company
  • There is definitely still a misconception surrounding the Wehrmacht and the Heer's involvement in crimes against humanity, of which always crop up when images of the Waffen SS or Einsatzgruppen appear. The infallibility of the Wehrmacht has been dispelled in this respect since the mid-nineties. Numerous accounts of "ordinary" soldiers either witnessing mass executions or actively taking part have been recounted, most recently in Soldaten: On Fighting, Killing & Dying . The Wehrmacht was also heavily implicit in the extermination process, either in orgainsing the roundup and transportation of "enemies" to the killing fields or death camps, or actively taking part in mass executions. However, the problem still arises when people go the opposite way and brand every member as culpable. The higher echelons in the OKH & OKW surely knew the full extent of their murderous regime. Yet, there was roughly 20 million men who served, on fronts that spanned hundreds of miles. The idea that they can all be branded as "evil Nazis" is as ridiculous as also saying no member of the Heer ever committed a war crime. The "evil Nazi" persona is a fail safe in my opinion though. It blinds people to the fact that ordinary men can commit horrific crimes. The common call, to express the Nazi hierarchy as evil monsters negates the horror of what happened. Camp commandants had families, wives and children. The men of the Einstazgruppen had girlfriends, wives, sisters, daughters and mothers and yet they shot women in there thousands. By blindly saying these men were "evil" fits a narrative that this was something out of the ordinary and can never happen again. This is dangerous in a world where numerous atrocities continue to happen to the present day!
  • The guy aiming the rifle, is holding a different version of Mauser 98 than the rest of the guys holding rifles. I think it's a Czech vz. 24 but not entirely certain.
  • I think you're right, the upper handguard seems to be different, the bolt handle is straight, the sling mounts are different, and it looks like the bolt disassembly ring in the stock is missing.
  • Also the front sight, is clearly not a wz 29 variety, and it's missing the sight hood, if it were K98. I went in this order - bolt handle, handguard, sling attachment, front sight. TBH I'm not a Mauser expert, so I'm not entirely surprised I missed something (didn't check for the ring in the stock).
  • Looks like the other rifles also do not have sight hoods. I'm not a Mauser expert either, just an enthusiast, but I've read that late war K98s barrels often did not have provisions for attaching sight hoods. Very well could be they're reaching the bottom of the barrel considering that dude using a rifle possibly built under German occupation. Also, doesn't look like any of them have cleaning rods either.
  • Wiki article.
  • If ever there was a cluster of folks deserving of a machinegun raking...
  • As opposed to the Wehrmacht which was composed of "ordinary" Germans and committed genocide and atrocities.
  • Yes, actually, as opposed to Waffen SS units not comprised of convicted rapists and murderers (whom were still famous for their fanaticism), and as opposed to the ordinary Heer (who while, as a group, definitely were responsible for some atrocities, were not in charge of the concentration/extermination camps and cannot be so categorically hand-waved as "evil nazis").
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