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  1. Obviously during the war, friends and family served in one of the many military branches or in some other uniformed organisation. When they met, it was fun to put as many different uniforms in one studio portrait as possible. Here are some from my collection, do you have more to show?
  2. A large size photo of the inauguration of the Naval Monument al Laboe near Kiel, with about a dozen of active and retired admirals present. Interesting to see that retired admirals wear the imperial insignia, and the active/reserve admirals the newly intruduced insignia of the Third Reich. Who are these admirals that we see?
  3. The bikers of the Forces, riding the dust, mud, snow, but FREE! Some pics from my collection.
  4. As annex to the thread Kriegsmarine tallies in wear, post here your photos of Imperial Navy sailors. Starting with an early tally of the Aviso GREIF, without the prefix S.M.S. The prefix was introduced in June 1890. A Funker (Wireless-Operator) of the 1. MINEN-ABTEILUNG (1st Coy. Mine Sweeper Batallion.). The Minen-Abteilung was established 1 June 1907.
  5. That's a nice one Morten, never seen the like of it!
  6. Here are some more of other sailing school ships, "Segelschulschiff Albert Leo Schlageter" "Segelschulschiff Georg Fock" "Segelschulschiff Horst Wessel" with 2 men standing "Totenwache" (Dead Watch)
  7. An interesting studio photo. The sign reads: "3. Schiffsbatterie // Mondsüchtiger an der Arbeit // Munster 1939" [3rd Ship's Battery // Moonrakers at work // Munster 1030] The photo was taken in Munsterlager, a Truppenübungsplatz [Military Training Facility, like Aldershot]. The men are wearing Army uniforms, with the Arab number 83 on the shoulder loops. Some of the men are wearing the old style Schnurstiefel [Lace boots]. It is puzzeling that the tekst reads "3. Schiffsbatterie", a unit to be connected with the Kriegsmarine, but the uniforms and insignia are Army.
  8. Mechanikersgefreiter (Artillerie) [Gunnery Mechanic]
  9. On the shoulder straps of the KM field grey uniform, only a limited number of destinctive devices were worn. Most seen are the crossed anchors (with and without Latin letters/numbers or Arab numbers above), the winged shell on an anchor or the crossed lightning flashes with a 'schwinge' on an anchor. This Unteroffizier however, is wearing the steering wheel in metal, as for Transportation Units, an intersting variation
  10. When I read the information about the "K", both on the internet and in my books, I would consider it safe to conclude that it is assumed to be "Kanal" based troops, but this is not (yet) supported by any Kriegsmarine regulation or official order.
  11. Interesting Morten, what is the source for this information about the "K" (MV, Vfg, OKM-B, OTB, etc.)?
  12. That is a very informative photo Morten! Thanks for sharing
  13. General der Artilerie Wilhelm Fahrmbacher Born: 19-09-1888 Died: 27-04-1970 01-04-34 Oberst 01-08-37 Generalmajor 01-06-39 Generalleutnant 01-10-40 General der Art. Commanding: 5. Inf-Div. (01-09-39) VII. Armee-Korps 25-10-40) XXV. Armee-Korps (01-05-42) Armee Gruppe Normandie (01-06-44) Befehlshaber Bretagne (01-08-44) DKiS: 30-10-1943 RK: 01-08-1944 Image Award document KVK2mS
  14. Some more Auxiliaries: Lufthansa pilot (The German national commercial airlines company, extablished 1926) Seemännisches Personal (manning the fleet of sea-rescue ships, supply vessels, etc.) they were non-military staff Three women of the RADwJ, serving with the Luftwaffe as extra-supplementary auxiliary personnel, at war-conscript service
  15. Two very rare photos of the same guy, who served as a fireman on the Naval Air Station Bug, on Rügen. In the second photo he is depicted as Löschmeister (Master-Fireman)
  16. Very nice pics Morten! Any opinions about this portrait? A Matrose with 2 (!) identical Flak Sonderlaufbahnabzeichen (Fla. Maschinenwaffenführer). What could be his story? I can'd find the answers in any of my books...
  17. These are very fine and well produced badges. In the past many posts concerning the RVO were placed in the GMIC forums, so with a little efford you can find a lot of information here.
  18. Apearently, the office workers must have been geared in overdrive, because at this date many medals & decorations were issued (feeling the hot wind of change?). Many I've seen are printed in Latin script.
  19. Very nice indeed, thanks for sharing!
  20. Not only the Roman Catholic Chaplain wears a neck-cross, also the Protestant Chaplains (Evangelische) wears a cross, but without the "Corpus" (body of Christ). On official "business" the RC Chalpains also wears the "stola", a coloured scarf. The "all white" funeral was not uncommon for nobility. When in 1934 Prince Henry of Mecklenburg, who was married to Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands, died he had an all white funeral. Also, when Queen Wilhelmina died (1962), her funeral was in white.
  21. Yes Morten Crossed anchors were worn by Marineartillerie pre 1939, and by Schiffsstammabteilungen and Marineunteroffizierlehrabteilungen post 1939. The dark green shoulder straps were replaced by shoulder straps of uniform material after 1939. In 1939 (Verfügung vom 13.3.1939; Marine-Vorschrift 39, Nr.216) the Naval Artillery Units changed the device on their shoulderstraps, from crossed anchors to an anchor below a winged granade A nice clear picture of a pre-1939 Junior NCO (Maat), wearing the device of the Marineartillerieabteilung V (5th Coastal Artillery Battalion)