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Surrendering in Western Czechoslovakia, 1945. Liebermuster in use.
Luftwaffe troops of the Deutsch-Arabische Legion; Sondverband 287.
Wehrmacht Heer Turkmenische volunteers - Northern France, Lorraine region.
Indische Freiwilligen-Legion MG34 gunner.
3.SS-Totenkopf Soldiers all of them veterans of SS-IR 9 “Thule” are now back in their parent unit after a long and hard journey from Finland to the Hell of Russia.
„Nord” Unterscharführer’s relaxing with a DRK nurse.
After the Finnish government struck up a deal that forced the Finnish army to turn their weapons on their former kameraden, the Lapland Army was forced to retreat, on foot, through Finland and down through Norway.
Because Sweden was a neutral country, the retreat had to follow along the Muonio River, rather than cross into Sweden. The Muonio served as the limiting line of fire for men of the 6th SS Nord, Reg. 11 while covering the rear of the Lapland Army’s retreat.
During engagements, it was not uncommon for curious Swedish civilians to emerge from their homes to watch the hell and carnage unfolding on the other side of the river. It must have been quite a surreal experience on both sides, with the brutality of war being unleashed just yards away from untouched and peaceful Swedish life.
The defensive withdrawal and rearguard action is covered fairly well in Johann Voss’ ‘Black Edelweiss' - truly a very sad part of the book. Unbeknownst to Nord at the time, the Soviet brass used the armistice agreement to tie the hands of the Finns and through their stipulations in Article 2 of the agreement put the Lapland army in an impossible withdrawal time frame that the Soviets knew they could take advantage of.
Over the next few weeks, events would take a turn for the unimaginable for the men of Nord as the Finns had more pressure put on them to take direct action in removal of the German forces occupying the territory. The waffenbruderschaft they formed and shared during the many years in combat was forcefully turned around on them.
Operation Birke was an all time low for the Lapland Army.. and after a brutal, exhausting retreat back to their devastated homeland - they where immediately put back into action for Operation Nordwind as the new year passed them by..
Despite their immensely skillful, hard fighting prowess and determination.. Nord met their end in Wingen, France after 7 days of brutal combat in January.
A map of the fighting withdrawal in 1944:
Being that it is September, this deserves a revisit.
Fantastic shot of a Heeres-Gebirgsjäger ‘Hauptfelder’ Spieß on horseback, seen wearing the Standarte-Bearer’s patch below his Edelweiß.
Near Landeck, Austrian Tyrol - September, 1940.
One of the original unedited photos of the famous ‘Murmansk Reindeer' taken by Yevgeni Khaldey, the same photographer who captured the staged raising of the hammer & sickle at the Reichstag, Germany - May 2, 1945.
Though admitting the famous photo showing the reindeer silhouetted on an overcast Murmansk sky, Hawker Hurricanes unleashing ordinance overhead is indeed a composite, Khaldei is insistent on the underlying veracity of his image. There was in fact a reindeer that showed up during air raids, and he tells the story that inspired the famous edit:
‘During the bombings, a reindeer came out of the tundra. He wanted to be with people. They built him a shed to live in, and gave him a name, Yasha. Every time the alarm sounded, he ran to be with the soldiers as he apparently didn’t want to be alone. During one of the air raids, I took this shot. In 1944, when the battle for Murmansk was over, the soldiers didn’t know what to do with him. They loaded him into a truck and took him back to the tundra, thinking he would join the other deer. But he couldn’t understand what was happening. He ran after the truck as long as he could.’
The helmet of the soldier in this picture is a very rare one. It utilizes a leather strap and hook that is used to allow the helmet to dangle off military issued belts when they are not in use. Only 571 helmets in total were issued throughout the entire war in 1940(making the helmet an M40 variant) which would be used on the Eastern Front. I personally have the 4th issued helmet out of 571 in my very own shelf. These helmets were issued to the Wehrmacht and use their traditional “Apple-Green” coated paint.
First off let me say GREAT PHOTO!
Second the statement:” Only 571 helmets in total were issued throughout the entire war in 1940 is 100% INCORRECT.
The Germans did NOT serial number helmets at the factory/manufacturing level. They did stamp in the helmets size & a LOT or PRODUCTION LOT NUMBER, But 100% did NOT serial number them EX #0001, 0002 etc.
The M40 was produced in the millions…not only a mere 571.
M35 helmets: (lot numbers in the 5000 range?)
M40 helmets: lot numbers in the 5000 range
M42 helmets: lot numbers in the 5000 range
M35: made about 5 years
M40: made about 2 1/4 years
M42: made about 2 1/2 years
25 million combat helmets produced by 5 German companies
25 million divided by 5 = 5 million helmets per company
But some factory’s were larger than others, with ET probably being the largest. Let’s say the ET factory produced 8 million combat helmets from 1935-1945. Sounds reasonable? It was a large company.
Now take 8 million and divide by the 15,000 lots from above and you get:
533.333 helmets per lot. This number is very close to a nice even 500. According to my formula, the 15,000 lots is actually higher because there were actually more than 5000 lots per helmet shell type. This would bring the final number down closer to an even 500.
So my estimation is that the ET company made 500 helmets per lot (all with the same lot number).
History”fuhrer” I invite you to post detailed pictures of the helmet you have in your collection & explain how you arrived at the #571
Wehrmacht Internet Museum.
Assuming this is regards to the leather strap, one will see all kinds of random stuff done to helmets by the soldiers for either camo purposes or ease of carry. This looks like a typical equipment strap with the clip from a canteen or rucksack attached. I’ve never heard of a special provision for helmets for ease of carry, can I ask where you heard this and what your source is?
Of note, this guy is a kradfahrer. Not sure if that plays any part in this weird helmet configuring, but it might.
Read everything Wehrmacht Internet Museum wrote, and learn.
These straps where indeed made by firms though, as early as 1937. Two firms have been verified, the more prolific being stamped: Josef Welte patent July ‘37 - Research is fun!!!
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- an unissued, original hindenburg medal
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- “all quiet on the western front" in softcover.
- any choice of poster from here
- a map
* stahlhelm not included, sorry.
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Gebirgsjäger, seen wearing their white ‘drillich’ fatigue uniforms, take a rest during training exercises prior to the kick off of the Fall Weiß campaign - 1939.
Today marks the 74th anniversary of Fall Weiß - The Invasion of Poland. And with this historical date I will be re-posting some of my favorite, iconic mountain infantry photos from this campaign!
Mobilizing for invasion on 26, August, 1939 - the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Gebirgsjäger Divisions combined to form the 18th Gebirgs Corps - who where some of the first in Poland! Crossing the Tatra Mountains from Slovakia, striking east through the Dukla Pass, they where tasked with taking the Polish plain.
Defeating elements of the Polish 1st and 2nd Alpine Brigades through the Dukla Pass, they where then forced dawn to dusk, on a 400 km march through hostile territory, to capture the Polish transportation hub of Lemburg, thus cutting off retreating enemy forces. A fierce battle for the city erupted as the Gebirgsjäger, up to 120 km in front of the main German lines, were hit from all sides by retreating Polish military units trying to break through and defend the city.
On 21, September, 1939 the campaign ended for the 1st Gebirgsjäger Division when, as the Red Army invaded from the East, the Polish emissary insisted that he would only surrender to the 1st Gebirgs-Div., which had just fought and held out against assaults from every direction.
Ironically, the city was turned over to the Russians and had to be retaken by the 1st Gebirgs-Div. two years later during Operation Barbarossa.