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Female Auxiliary Photographs

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Heimatschuss on 02 Jan 2011 17:33

Hello!

here are two more pictures from Italy, taken from Piekalkiewicz (1998; p.168, 155). I hope the upper one with another member of the Fasci Femminili is more to your taste, Markus :wink:

According to the captions of Piekalkiewicz it's from Florence in May 1944 while the lower one is from Modena in the spring of the same year. I'm doubtful if this is correct when looking at the dark colour of the vehicles and the white rims of their mud guards. Supposedly they're from one lot and taken on an earlier date.

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Piekalkiewicz, Janusz
Die deusche Reichsbahn im Zweiten Weltkrieg.
5th ed.; Transpress Verlag; Stuttgart; 1998

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Heimatschuss on 03 Jan 2011 00:19

Hi,

to continue the foreign affairs here's a shot of a Luftwaffe telephone operator with her Bulgarian friend. I think he's a medic from the Bulgarian air force but I'm not entirely sure yet. Carius, can you confirm this?

Even stranger, the stamp on the back of the pic appears to be from a photo studio in Warsaw 8O . Does someone of you know anything about the Bulgarian military in Poland during WWII? Some kind of exchange program with the Wehrmacht perhaps to gain some practical experience? I seem to recall that Switzerland had some medical teams on the Eastern front for a while.

When you see the fellow's hands on a high-resolution scan they look as if they're scarred from burns. Could also be that half of his middle finger has been amputated 8O 8O

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Löwin on 05 Jan 2011 18:20

Here is a picture of my mother out of uniform. I still hope that there is someone out there whith a grandmother or grandfather who will recognize her from either being stationed or going thru training in Lübeck-Sankt Hubertus with her. The other photograph I posted showing her with "her mädels" doesn't show much of her.
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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Vikki on 09 Jan 2011 22:05

Löwin wrote:Here is a picture of my mother out of uniform. I still hope that there is someone out there whith a grandmother or grandfather who will recognize her from either being stationed or going thru training in Lübeck-Sankt Hubertus with her. The other photograph I posted showing her with "her mädels" doesn't show much of her.


These are great photos, Löwin, and I'm sorry I missed the one you posted much earlier at viewtopic.php?p=1512755#p1512755. It's very kind of you to post personal photos. To me, those are much more interesting, because we know at least some of the story.

When you say the first photo was of her with "her mädels", do you mean perhaps that she was a Haupthelferin or Führerin?

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby carius on 10 Jan 2011 09:42

Norwegischen helferin?
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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Arto O on 13 Jan 2011 00:41

Hi,
She belongs to norwegian female branch of the Hird (equivalent of the german SA). Exactly to the Kvinnehird (Woman s Hird), ages 18 to 35, later raised to 40 years.

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Heimatschuss on 16 Jan 2011 23:35

Hello,

very good identification Arto!

Here's another picture of her from the same vendor showing her together with her (Norse) boyfriend. If she really was a collaborator as the vendor indicates, doesn't become evident from the pictures offered so far. Quisling's Nasjonal Samling and the Hird in general were collaborationist of course but to what degree this is true for each individual member of these organizations remains to be seen.

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Kvinnehird 1 - Zoom.jpg
Source: http://www.ebay.de auction no. 220724220849
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Date: Jan. 17th, 2011 19:43:51 hrs CET

A close-up of the Kvinnehird sleeve badge
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More information on the Hird and its various branches (including Kvinnehird) can be found here http://www.feldgrau.com/a-norway.html

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Heimatschuss on 17 Jan 2011 00:14

Hello,

here's a photo from a chemical warfare lesson for Army signals auxiliaries from Engert (1999, p.117). What aroused my curiosity for this pic in particular are the gas mask cans. Obviously it's not the standard Wehrmacht design with corrugated metal. They also appear to be longer so it must be some other manufacturer. Does someone know about this type? Perhaps WWI left-overs?

Heer Nachrichtenhelferinnen 25.jpg

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Engert, Jürgen (Ed.)
Heimatfront. Kriegsalltag in Deutschland 1939 - 1945.
Nikolaische Verlagsbuchhandlung; Berlin; 1999

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby tod on 17 Jan 2011 23:27

Heimatschuss wrote: Does someone know about this type? Perhaps WWI left-overs?


It could be the second mask from top.
If it is, it is a civilian mask made by Stolzenberg ca 1930.
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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Heimatschuss on 18 Jan 2011 23:04

Hello tod,

many thanks for that link to a really interesting site. What a strange und unusual hobby, collecting gas masks. Exceeding your directions a bit I landed on this page http://www.gasmasklexikon.com/Page/France-TC-38.htm for French TC-38 gas masks. They existed in a number of variations two of which are apparently employed in the Helferinnen photo above. The mask container of the TC-38 also fits the photo.

Examples from the TC-38 page:

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So obviously a case where war booty stocks were used up in training.

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Löwin on 26 Jan 2011 11:54

Hi, Vicky

sorry for answering so late but it was a very busy time for me lately. First of all thank you for your compliment. As to your question about the picture posted "with her mädels", I really don't know but that is what it says on the back. As far as I am informed by my cousins, she must have been something like that. I am still trying to find out what she did, which unit(s) she was working with, and how she got out of Minsk on or about 13 April 1944.

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

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Re: Female Auxiliary Photographs

Postby Heimatschuss on 27 Feb 2011 12:12

Hello,

here are two nice portraits of Army signals auxiliaries in their white Sunday shirts. The first one bears the signature of a Paris photo studio you find frequently on Helferinnen pics. Must have been a kind of personal tip amongst the Helfs if you wanted a decent portrait.

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Top pic: http://www.ebay.de
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Bottom pic: http://www.ebay.de
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Date: 23 Dec 2010 02:31:07 MEZ CET

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