The Fallschirmjäger were the paratrooper (German: Fallschirmjäger) branch of the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. They played an important role during World War II, when, together with the Gebirgsjäger they were perceived as the elite infantry units of the German military. After World War II, they were reconstituted as parts of postwar armed forces of both West and East Germany, mainly as special ops troops. They were the first German paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations and came to be known as the “green devils” by the Allied forces they fought against. Throughout World War II the Fallschirmjäger commander was Kurt Student.
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A Fallschirmjäger (Paratrooper) carrying a Maschinengewehr (MG) 34 in Italy, September 1943.
Colorized image of Fallschirmjäger examine a captured Thompson sub-machine gun.
SS soldiers resting smoking with Fallschirmjager.
Fallschirmjäger in Norway 1940. In the background is Junkers Ju 52.
Fallschirmjäger in Florence, Italy. Mid August 1944
Fallschirmjäger Regiment 3. in Sicily, August 1943.
4.Fallschirmjäger-Division at Nettuno, Italy. Late 1943-early 1944.
Fallschirmjäger examine a captured Thompsonsubmachine gun in Tunisia, sometime during mid-1943
Fallschirmjäger jumping from the Ju-52.
Off Color Photos
Five Fallschirmjägers and one airlanding soldier discuss the events unfolding in the early morning of the the 10th May on a road-crossing near Waalhaven AFB. The bike is most likely commandered from a Dutch civilian.
Black and White Photos
Fallschirmjäger in 1943/1944.
German paratroopers (Fallschirm-Jäger) landing on Crete.
Paratrooper with MG 42.
Paratroopers with a 8.8cm rocket launcher.
A Fallschirmjäger and a DFS 230 glider in Crete.
Skorzeny with the liberated Mussolini – Sept. 12 1943.
If the enemy thinks he can push the German lines in Cassino with the overwhelming power of his aircraft and heavy weapons, he has not counted on the combative superiority and the unprecedented heroism of the German paratroopers who each ruin into a fortress, each funnel a make resistance nest, which they not only defend, but from which they begin again to counter shocks.
Fallschirmjagers prepare a 8 cm Granatwerfer 34 (81 mm mortar) for the launch.
Fallschirmjager waving to Stuka support.
Dead paratrooper, Crete, 1941.
Captured German paratroopers under British guard.
Fallschirmjager in Chania, Kreta, May 1941.
Fallschirmjager, Italy 1944.
Fallschirmjager, France June 21, 1944.
Ritterkreuz Award Ceremony for Fallschirmjagers with Hitler.
A lieutenant of the paratroopers interrogates a Soviet partisan.
Battalion commander of the Fallschirmjäger, Walter Gericke wears Camouflage Jacket, M1942.
Commandos of the Brandenburg unit and paratroopers were transported on board of a vessel of the Kriegsmarine after sucessful attack on the island of Leros, November 18 1943.
Paratroopers board a Junkers Ju 52 bound for Leros.
German paratroopers prepare to be flown to Leros.
Fallschirmjäger overlooking the valley of Cassino, 1944.
German paratroopers prepare a 81 mm mortar for the launch.
Paintings and Art
Fallschirmjäger with Heer soldats.