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Fallschirmjägergewehr 42 automatic rifle - late war variant

Designed by Louis Stange c.1941-42 and manufactured by Heinrich Krieghoff c.1942-45 - serial number 02314.
7,92x57mm Mauser 20-round removable box magazine, gas operated select fire, bipod, ZF4 4x scope, spike bayonet, muzzle brake, 30mm Schießbecher grenade launcher.

An automatic rifle designed to do everything and not weighing much for airborne troops, it somehow worked and inspired small arms development in the following decades.

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Russian Airborne Troops, the VDV (“Vozdushno-desantnye voyska Rossii”, Russian: Воздушно-десантные войска), launch sequence of a BMD-2 airborne infantry fighting vehicle from a Ilyushin Il-76, featuring the use of the PRSM-915 rocket parachute system, which enables the safe launch of the vehicle with its gunner and driver.

From wikipedia:

A rocket parachute, the PRSM-915, was developed to ensure the vehicle’s safe landing. To use the parachute, the BMD is first packed onto a special pallet before takeoff. To drop the BMD, a drogue chute is released that initially drags the BMD out of the transport plane. Once clear of the plane a single large main chute opens. The deployment of the main chute triggers the deployment of four long rods which hang beneath the pallet. As soon as the rods touch the ground a retrorocket fires, slowing the BMD to a descending speed between 6 m/s and 7 m/s and giving it a relatively soft landing. It allowed a BMD to be relatively safely parachuted with both the driver and the gunner.

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The Normandy Landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.

The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30.

When the seaborne units began to land about 06:30 on June 6, the British and Canadians on Gold, Juno, and Sword beaches overcame light opposition. So did the Americans at Utah. The U.S. 1st Division at Omaha Beach, however, confronted the best of the German coast divisions, the 352nd, and was roughly handled by machine gunners as the troops waded ashore. During the morning, the landing at Omaha threatened to fail. Only dedicated local leadership eventually got the troops inland—though at a cost of more than 2,000 casualties.

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The Russian Airborne Troops or ВДВ (Russian: Воздушно-десантные войска ВДВ) ; Air-landing Forces is a military branch of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. They are an elite force.. we germans hope they will clean this NAZI Scum in Kiev, we all hate here..

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ASU-85 is a Soviet airborne self-propelled artillery. Was designed to replace the troops of the ASU-57. Its purpose is to support airborne troops. Were thrown on the platform with parachute system. The crew lands separately. ASU-85 was developed in 50-ies on the basis of the floating tank PT-76 and was adopted into service in 1959, was adopted by the USSR, Poland, GDR. It was used during the “Prague spring”, as well as during the Afghan war.

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Training

Units of the Novorossiysk Airborne (mountain) division, Kamyshin and Ulan-Ude separate Airborne assault brigades, and part of hardware and forces of the Pacific Fleet and 4th Air Force and Air Defence army of the Southern military district are participating in the exercise. The exercise is held under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne troops Colonel General Andrei Serdyukov. Three formations have been alerted and partly projected to Crimea with armament and hardware for the first time.