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WWII German photographer's insignias
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Posted: Tuesday, April 02, 2019 - 11:48 AM UTC
I am working on a 1/35 scale vignette the deals with a World War II German photographer taking photos of German officers.
So my question to all of you is this, is there any thing out there online that would show me what's the rank insignias of German photographers looks like?
Were they part of the Infantry or something completely different?
I assume that they are the part of the Infantry but I'm not totally positive.
If anyone can help me find any information and or photographs of their uniforms that would be greatly appreciate it.
Thank you.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 12:06 AM UTC
Good question Jody!
German war photographers would have worn the rank insignia of their respective grade in the usual way. As to what Waffenfarbe they wore, as far as I can tell, it would seem be the same as the unit they were attached to. However members of "Propogandakompanie" wore special insignia, light grey Waffenfarbe ("Hellgrau") and a special "Propogandakompanie" cuffband in silver and black on the lower right cuff. This information comes from "German Army Uniform and Insignia 1933-1945 by B.L.Davis.
So much for Heer photographers, those attached to the Waffen SS were slightly different. The SS formed a special war correspondents unit which eventually reached regimental ("standarte") size. It was called "Kurt Eggers" after a correspondent killed in action. They began with white waffenfarbe like the infantry, but adopted lemon yellow like the signals. When attached to field units they were allowed to wear the cuff title of the unit they were attached to, so there are photographs of correspondents (Kriegsberichter) wearing two cufftitles, i.e. the unit one and their own "Kurt Eggers" one. Wear of two cufftitles simultaneously was eventually outlawed by the SS high command. Above information from Andrew Mollo's "Uniforms of the SS" Volume 7- Waffen SS Badges and Unit Distinctions 1933-45.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2019 - 12:46 AM UTC
Steve, thank you very much for the information I have the uniforms and insignia book so I don't have to take a look at that one.
Thank you once again.
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Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 11:49 AM UTC
Steve, if I am not mistaken,there is also an ss title with 'SS Kriegsberichter' on it. It is in Angolias Cloth Insignia of the SS. I have the book around here somewhere I just have to dig it out if anyone needs more info. It is a excellent reference on SS insignia.
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Posted: Thursday, April 04, 2019 - 02:17 PM UTC
Dale,
Yes,I would be interested in seeing it!
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Posted: Friday, April 05, 2019 - 03:58 AM UTC
Hi Jody, I will dig it out and get my daughter to scan it for sending. I am afraid Im just an old fart when it comes to technical stuff. Should not take long to find as its in one of my memorabilia containers. Best regards.....Dale
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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 - 10:26 PM UTC
Dale,
Yes you're dead right about the cuff titles. In fact there are several, ranging from a semi-official SS-Kriegsberichter-Kp early one, with the title in Gothic script, through SS-KB-Abt and SS-Kriegsberichter through to the final Kurt Eggers ones in Bevo. They are all pictured in Mollo's book and I should have included them. I doubt if anyone does any decals of them, but in 1/35th they probably wouldn't be readable anyway.