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Hello!
I´ve just recieved this wonderful photo!!!!!!!!

The card ist stamped with an atelier from Darmstadt (Hesse). Si I assume, the man on the left is from the Leibgarde-Inf.Rgt.115

Both are named. Left Norbert Klein, right Theo Klein.

Unfortunately I couldn´t find any infos about them.

The patch seems to be a Handgranatenwerfer-Abzeichen. (Hand-grenade-thrower)

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I am guessing they are supposed to be handgrenades that have exploded.

One cannot say it is a very succesful design.... but probably one of those cases where a design on paper looks very different to the finished result.

When I was in Bosnia a guy did a design for the Battalion commemorative badge.. looked fine on paper, when the badges arrived you needed a bit of imagination to see what they were ;-)

Still, very nice :-)

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Hello Eric!

I´m not sure... Would they really have created a patch with crossed brooms??? For what?

Example.

A company or platoon leader was killed. Another one, maybe from another unit took command. He didn´t know the soldiers, so he could recognize a grenade-thrower by his patch. In action it could be important.

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As I said before.... things dont have to look like what they are meant to be...

The blue UN Kevlar helmet on the badge we got in Sarjevo looks like a Blue Lava pancake... you could run a competiton guessing what it is... but in the original design on paper, you could seee right away.

I dont think they would have introduced arm badges for painters, gas plapers or paddle boar oar carriers,....

The German army seems to have been pretty strict along those lines....

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I think the only way to approach this is to ask "what could they be, irrespective of how ambiguous they look"

Who other than assault units wore unofficial arm badges? Some of the ones we have seen are really strange .... Would any other kinds of unit/Speciality have dared to put up croosed flowers, brushes, brooms, whatevers on an unofficial arm badge?

Would a CO have approved anything for his men that was less than martial?

Best

Chris

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I think the only way to approach this is to ask "what could they be, irrespective of how ambiguous they look"

Who other than assault units wore unofficial arm badges? Some of the ones we have seen are really strange .... Would any other kinds of unit/Speciality have dared to put up croosed flowers, brushes, brooms, whatevers on an unofficial arm badge?

Would a CO have approved anything for his men that was less than martial?

Best

Chris

Your questions are absolutely right, Dear Chris!

Another indicator are the removed shoulder-straps. Normally one did that way as a soldier in the first line

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