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Rivet wrote:Interesting, albeit grisly, photograph of the woman in the armored vehicle. It does make you wonder why she was there.
As to female fighters in the Battle of Berlin, I have read a number of references to BdM girls and others young women fighting along side or with the Volkssturm in the final days. Most I've read seem to suggest said participation was unofficial, while others suggest the opposite. One such text is Hitler Youth, 1922-1945, by. Jean-Denis G. G. Lepage:
"The Volkssturm also included girls of the BdM and women from the NS Frauenshaft (Nazi Women League) who provided rear-echelon support such as logistics and medical care. In March 1945, some girls and women were issued weapons and participated actively in the hopeless defenses of their towns ..."
With some intrepidation and concern 150,000 women were enrolled as auxiliaries in the army.
Most of them were used to manage the searchlights for the antiaircraft batteries. Special instructions
were given that they were to be protected from capture if at all possible. Yet they were not be
armed even to protect themselves from capture. And women were not to be enrolled in the Volkssturm. Even
in these late, desparate days the party continued to regard women as persons whose sex ought to have been
separated them from the hardships of war. Party leaders found great difficulty in dealing with their role.
Although they wanted to picture them as "hard" for "hard times," they also wanted to picture them as
primarily the mothers of the future race, to protect them from being entfraulich, from losing their womanly
Annelie wrote:Wonder who,how and why she ended up in the carrier.
From the shoes she is wearing she doesn't look like she is part
of military. Perhaps some clerical worker etc?
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