Kradführer issued or carrying pistol as sidearm?

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Kradführer issued or carrying pistol as sidearm?

Post by wikinger59 » Sun Sep 04, 2016 6:06 pm

Don't think I ever have seen a picture of a Wehrmacht motorcycle driver with a pistol as a sidearm.
Seems it would be important to have a sidearm considering the time it would take to remove a slung K98k if under attack while riding.
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Re: Kradführer issued or carrying pistol as sidearm?

Post by Alanmccoubrey » Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:30 am

The time it would have taken to unsling his rifle is nothing compared to the lack of range and accuracy he would have if armed with a pistol.
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Re: Kradführer issued or carrying pistol as sidearm?

Post by Leo Niehorster » Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:40 am

Normally,

the Kradführer i.e. the Führer der Krafradmeldestaffel (the sergeant who commanded the motorcycle messenger detachment), was authorized an SMG (Maschinenpistole);

the Kradfahrer (motorcyclist) was authorized a rifle;

the Kradfahrer als Melder (motorcycle messenger) was authorized a rifle.
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