Edited by artu44, 02 September 2008 - 07:51 AM.
B.A.R. & paratrooper
Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:48 AM
Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:51 AM
Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:54 AM
Posted 02 September 2008 - 07:58 AM
Maybe an improvised Griswold bag?
No idea really.
Posted 02 September 2008 - 10:05 AM
In my italian forum someone opened a worms can: Did paratroopers jump with their BARs or they picked them up from dropped containers? Someone caught veteran memories telling of the BAR tied with 15ft. rope and placed in the parachute. This way when parachute will open the BAR dropped 15 ft below and far from the para when landing. It could be probable? No pics?
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Posted 02 September 2008 - 06:04 PM
IIRC the March 1945 para infantry TO&E shows BARs, one per squad.
A vet of the 511th told me that they had begun issuing BARs one per rifle squad in New Guinea, to counter the "Nambu light" MGs of the enemy. When they were faced with JUMPING with them for Tagaytay Ridge in the Philippines, most BAR men found a way to do so, placing them not behind the reserve chute but slung muzzle down with the butt riding high above the shoulder and a Griswold bag or PILLOW wrapped around the front end. They tied it in place with riser cord or rope.
The lowering line was intended to take a heavy WEIGHT off the body of the jumper before impact. This weight was normally a "jump valise", not an individual weapon. But that technique MIGHT make sense with a BAR....if the BAR was nicley wrapped up and padded.
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