Luftwaffe is a generic term used to name an air force in the German language. During World War II, the German Luftwaffe was a powerful and experienced air force team in the entire world. Only the British RAF Super marine Spitfire proved to be a rough competitor to the Luftwaffe.
The air force always had twin engine bombers and the team of dice bombers along with the tactical fighters managed to provide Germany the early successes, however, since the Luftwaffe were not as successful in the development of four engine bombers it failed to hold onto the opposition of Russians and the western threats.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was often considered the most versatile fighter aircraft in the Luftwaffe. You can find a complete collection of WWII Luftwaffe Collectibles.
From the 1870’s to present day, Mauser, remains the top German manufacturer of action pistols and rifles. In addition to being a civilian firearm, the Mauser rifles are licensed to other countries besides Germany.
There are many series of rifles listed in the Mauser range. However, the most famous models during World War II was Karabiner 98k that was used in the middle of 1930s, and was first used in World War II in 1935 by Wehrmacht. The next model used for WWII was Mauser HSc with a .32 ACP.
WWII German k98
The Mauser military rifle, Karabiner 98 Kurz abbreviated as K98. The German Wehrmacht used this rifle as the standard rifle during 1935. Although during World War II, this rifle seemed to be inadequate to restrict the forces of the Soviet armies and Americans as they used semi-automatic rifles, German troops still continued to use it.
As Soviets were experiencing shortage in war equipments they started using K98 that were captured during encounters with the Germans. German soldiers used “Kars” as a nickname for the rifle. During post WW II the Soviets made it a point to refurbish the K98 into a more effective firearm.
WWII German Helmet
German army started to replace their boiled leather Pickelhaube in the imperial times with the Stahlhelm meaning “Steel Helmets.” The design of the helmet makes it easy to recognize. On the onset of WW II this helmet was tested against various factors so that the casualties resulting in World War I because of head injuries could be reduced.
There were also many variations introduced with the German Steel Helmet over the years. Some regular collectors of the Stahlhelm will generally collect the M1956 version of this helmet.