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Sling footage Spanish Civil War
Jul 28th, 2012 at 5:14pm
 
Heres a few seconds of soldiers slinging grenades from a roof during Spanish Civil War. I think they are republican soldiers, not sure though. Both sides used them anyway.

At 0.30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eksEL8qhP-w
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Re: Sling footage Spanish Civil War
Reply #1 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 7:27am
 
   He used sort of a side armed Apache style.  It seemed to work for him.
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Reply #2 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 8:36am
 
It would want to work for him, after all he has something on a fuse in his pouch, its not like if it slipped out he can just reload and have another go!

Id love to know if the soldiers using slings during this period were rural, and brought either their slings or more likely slinging knowledge with them or was it a widespread thing used by soldiers from everywhere?
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Reply #3 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 9:54am
 
In some parts of Spain shepherds still use the sling,today. Me thinks,there were guys in the army that knew how to use a sling and improvised one during the fights.They had grenades,and wanted to throw them farther. It's visible that it has a large pouch,suitable for grenades,clearly not a sling brought from home.
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Reply #4 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 6:01pm
 
My throwing arm sucks.  If I was launching hand grenades I would almost certainly use a sling.
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Reply #5 - Jul 29th, 2012 at 9:12pm
 
Looks like everybody is shooting Mausers.
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Reply #6 - Jul 30th, 2012 at 5:09am
 
bigkahuna wrote on Jul 29th, 2012 at 9:12pm:
Looks like everybody is shooting Mausers.


Mauser 1893's if im not mistaken Wink
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Reply #7 - Aug 2nd, 2012 at 12:30pm
 
amazing - always said slingers would make great grenadiers.  Smiley

Surprised modern special forces don't use them.
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Reply #8 - Aug 2nd, 2012 at 1:33pm
 
WOW i think that would be a great addition to the US Artillery or every soilders training
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Reply #9 - Aug 16th, 2012 at 5:14pm
 
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Reply #10 - Sep 12th, 2012 at 10:34pm
 
I plan to do this when I hit the Air Force BMT Field Week... I think the Sargent(s) will be pissed, to say the least.
This was tried in the First World War as well, but didn't work as well in a trench.
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Re: Sling footage Spanish Civil War
Reply #11 - Sep 15th, 2012 at 12:10am
 
Lugh-Lamhfada wrote on Jul 30th, 2012 at 5:09am:
bigkahuna wrote on Jul 29th, 2012 at 9:12pm:
Looks like everybody is shooting Mausers.


Mauser 1893's if im not mistaken Wink

Interesting left-hand bolt configuration on some of them. Or the film got flipped over and everything's reversed right to left.
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