Battleworn, 3 Squads
On campaign the Fallschirmjäger would often discard or store unneeded items or equipment. During the fighting and retreat from El Alamein the Fallschirmjägerbrigade Ramcke often fought without their camouflaged jump smocks and simply wore a light cotton Luftwaffe tan shirt, though the smock was often kept handy for the chilly desert nights. Other items of Luftwaffe tropical pattern tan uniform were worn such as trousers. Similar lightweight clothing to counter the heat of the day was also worn in Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Netting was also worn over the helmets so foliage could be used to camouflage the Fallschirmjäger’s head when lying in ambush. Fallschirmjägerbrigade Ramcke was also one of the first units to be armed with the new MG-42 machine-gun.