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Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1949-Present From West Germany through to the modern reunified German Republic.

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Old 02-26-2011, 01:57 PM   #76
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At the beginning of this thread I mentioned that the First Company was equipped with six FH 105s for firing salutes. The pictures below show the gun crews from the First Company practicing their firing drill.

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:00 PM   #77
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Continued.
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:02 PM   #78
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Dressed as they would be during the actual firing of a salute.
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Old 02-26-2011, 02:46 PM   #79
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great thread!
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:34 PM   #80
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Gordon,

Thanks for the continued attention to this specialized topic. I've learned a lot and am happy to have the reference materials for my WB uniform.

As an aside, I got a chuckle out of how serious the Germans take their safety precautions



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Old 10-15-2011, 03:27 PM   #81
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Gentlemen,

I am bringing this thread back to life because of TJs question re white cartridge pouches were possibly worn by the Wachbataillon. I have never seen a picture of the Wachbataillon on parade where they were wearing cartridge pouches. I would be very interested in seeing such a picture if you have one.

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Old 10-15-2011, 04:42 PM   #82
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I second that motion!


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Old 10-16-2011, 11:34 AM   #83
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Gentlemen,

I must appologize for taking so long to add these helmet pictures. They are not very good ones to illustrate the difference in the G helmet finishes. Perhaps I can find better ones later.
For funerals the Wachbataillon wears a helmet with a dull finish. For normal parades they wear a helmet with a shiny finish.

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If you enlarge the pictures of this article, you'll get an imagination of these helmets. They have a shiny grey color and are made of plastic. They are used for ceremonies only, mainly by the Wachbataillon.

http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...1t:429,r:1,s:0

Other units can be eqipped with these helmets temporary for ceremonies only.

http://www.minden.de/inhalt/showfoto.php?id=7002300
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Proud Kraut,

Thanks for the photos. Especially the last one with the light weight helmet in use by non-Wachbatallion troops.
Here are some pictures of a dull grey finished helmet as worn during funerals.

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Old 10-16-2011, 03:07 PM   #85
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Inside views of this helmet.
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Old 10-16-2011, 09:38 PM   #86
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Great thread gentlemen,

Excellent examples of Wachbataillon uniforms and insignia. Thanks for the information

I am in awe of how well they represent Prussian military tradition. It is unfortunate that many of the Prussian ceremonies and such are improperly associated with the previous regime and therefore are excluded from Bundeswehr festivities but it is still very impressive how they carry themselves and execute their duties with exceptional excellence

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Old 10-17-2011, 10:37 AM   #87
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Great thread gentlemen,

Excellent examples of Wachbataillon uniforms and insignia. Thanks for the information

I am in awe of how well they represent Prussian military tradition. It is unfortunate that many of the Prussian ceremonies and such are improperly associated with the previous regime and therefore are excluded from Bundeswehr festivities but it is still very impressive how they carry themselves and execute their duties with exceptional excellence
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Old 10-17-2011, 11:21 AM   #88
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Here is a carnival badge "50 Jahre WachBtlBMVg" in 2007:



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Old 10-17-2011, 02:48 PM   #89
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Uwe,

Nice carnival badge. Thanks for posting it. Can you identify the unit crests on the badge?

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Uwe,

Nice carnival badge. Thanks for posting it. Can you identify the unit crests on the badge?

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Gordon
Gordon,

you'll find a list of the units stationed at the Brückberg Kaserne in Siegburg here:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%BCckberg-Kaserne

The crest far right ist the insignia of the Streitkräfteunterstützungskommando/Streitkräftebasis (SKB = Joint Support Service)

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