10 Commandments of the Fallschirmjager

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Gerard, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    I came across this on the Lone Sentry website, an interesting leaflet taken from a German Fallschirmjager prisoner captured in Greece.

    e. The Parachutist's "Ten Commandments"
    Here is a translation of a document captured from a German parachute trooper who was taken prisoner in Greece. Its title is "The Parachutist's Ten Commandments."
    1. You are the elite of the German Army. For you, combat shall be fulfillment. You shall seek it out and train yourself to stand any test.
    2. Cultivate true comradeship, for together with your comrades you will triumph or die.
    3. Be shy of speech and incorruptible. Men act, women chatter; chatter will bring you to the grave.
    4. Calm and caution, vigor and determination, valor and a fanatical offensive spirit will make you superior in attack.
    5. In facing the foe, ammunition is the most precious thing. He who shoots uselessly, merely to reassure himself, is a man without guts. He is a weakling and does not deserve the title of parachutist.
    6. Never surrender. Your honor lies in Victory or Death.
    7. Only with good weapons can you have success. So look after them on the principle—First my weapons, then myself.
    8. You must grasp the full meaning of an operation so that, should your leader fall by the way, you can carry it out with coolness and caution.
    9. Fight chivalrously against an honest foe; armed irregulars deserve no quarter.
    10. With your eyes open, keyed up to top pitch, agile as a greyhound, tough as leather, hard as Krupp steel, you will be the embodiment of a German warrior.

    Link: Lone Sentry: Parachutists, German (WWII U.S. Intelligence Bulletin, September 1942)
     
  2. ronald

    ronald Senior Member

    Rule 10 Agile as a greyhound, tough as leather, hard as Krupp steel.

    Zäh wie Leder, schnell wie Windhunde, hart wie Kruppstahl!

    I think Goebbels used this words in a speech.

    Ron
     
  3. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Ronald,

    I believe that the phrase was used quite a bit with Goebbels and also by other organizations including a Panzer Division.

    Google Translate

    116th Panzer Division Motto.

    Divisional Motto and translation

    Schnell wie ein Windhund,
    Zäh wie Leder,
    Hart wie Kruppstahl,
    Windhund Vor!

    Quick like a greyhound,
    tough like leather,
    hard like Krupp steel,
    Greyhounds in front!

    116th PANZER DIVISION 'DER WINDHUND' - The Real Windhund

    Regards
    Tom
     
  4. airborne medic

    airborne medic Very Senior Member

    In the 1980's amongst the GEB airborne culture these rules were well known.....
     

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