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Dear All,

I need your help to identify some of the officers of this picture. The photo is doing in south of Albania, maybe during one of these two possibilities:

I- During the occupation of Albania from Italy in April 1939; or

II- During the attack of Italy against the Greece in October 1940.

Some of officers, put in their hands maps of Albania.

1- German

2- Turkish

3- (?)

4- Italian

5- Italian

6- Bulgarian

7- British (?)

8- Yugoslavian

9- Italian

10- Japanese

11- American

12- Romanian (?)

13- (?)

14- (?)

Regards,

Artan

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  • 2 weeks later...

Dear all,

To help you all, I attach here a part of the picture, but with a greater resolution.

Dear Coldstream, I agree that nr. 7 maybe is a Greek officer.

Herr Volkssturm, what the hell is this ?photoshock??

Best regards,

Artan

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Ah by the way, the guy also wanted to confirm something about the photo:

I- During the occupation of Albania from Italy in April 1939; or

II- During the attack of Italy against the Greece in October 1940.

if that officer is greek then i would say that answer is I; but Iam not sure niether, the only clue seems to be the maps

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Dear all,

To help you all, I attach here a part of the picture, but with a greater resolution.

Dear Coldstream, I agree that nr. 7 maybe is a Greek officer.

Herr Volkssturm, what the hell is this "photoshock"?

Best regards,

Artan

Pershendetje! I read the thread and I thought that if you want to give colors to the pic, maybe I can help you, but before I need to know the exact colors of the uniforms. Thank you!

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Number 12 is not a Romanian.

Kevin in Deva.

I think that number 12 is a Romanian officer. I got this photo of the Romanian general Ion Dumitrache and if u see the sign on the cap is almost similar to number 12. [the crown and leafs]. It's not exact but I think the officers are wearing different seasons uniforms. Also it's very probable that is Romanian because at that time, Romania was part of the Axis forces.

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Dear all,

To help you all, I attach here a part of the picture, but with a greater resolution.

Dear Coldstream, I agree that nr. 7 maybe is a Greek officer.

Herr Volkssturm, what the hell is this "photoshock"?

Best regards,

Artan

I have a photo of General Papagos, the chief of the Greek Army during 1940. The sign on his cap is different from that of nr. 7. I don't think that the officer is from the Balkans (his uniforms reassembles the British WWII uniform but the British sign was different).

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To help you all, I attach here a part of the picture, but with a greater resolution.

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"Number 12" might be a Romanian. The cap badge resembles the emblem of Frontul Renaşterii Naţionale (The National Renaissance Front) which would put the photo between February 1938 and September 1940.

See below a badge of the National Renaissance Front.

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Dear All,

Now we are sure that the photo is taken during the occupation of Albania from Italy in April 1939. The last situation of the officials, is the following:

1- German.

2- Turkish.

3- (?)

4- Italian.

5- Italian.

6- Bulgarian.

7- British (?)

8- Yugoslavian.

9- Italian.

10- Japanese.

11- American.

12- Romanian.

13- Swiss (?).

14- (?).

The most important unknown, now remain the no. 14.

Regards,

Artan

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14 is belgium

Dear All,

Now we are sure that the photo is taken during the occupation of Albania from Italy in April 1939. The last situation of the officials, is the following:

1- German.

2- Turkish.

3- (?)

4- Italian.

5- Italian.

6- Bulgarian.

7- British (?)

8- Yugoslavian.

9- Italian.

10- Japanese.

11- American.

12- Romanian.

13- Swiss (?).

14- (?).

The most important unknown, now remain the no. 14.

Regards,

Artan

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Officer # 12 is Romanian. He wears the uniform of the Royal Palace Guard Regiment. The insignia on his hat is that of King Michael which dates this photo to 1940. The hat insignia for officers of this regiment normally has the royal crown in the center of the wreath. Some officers from this regiment where also assigned to the King as ADC - Aide de Camp, or Personal Adjutant to the King. In this case, the crown was replace with the Royal cypher of the King. This officer is ADC to King Michael and member of the Royal Palace Guard Regiment. Rank is Colonel.

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With regards RUC's post

King Michael I
(Romanian: Mihai I; born 25 October 1921) reigned as King of Romania from 20 July 1927 to 8 June 1930 and again from 6 September 1940 to 30 December 1947.

That either places the picture outside the two date suggested:

"I - During the occupation of Albania from Italy in April 1939; or

 

II - During the attack of Italy against the Greece in October 1940."

As King Michael was not King on either of those dates.

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