Girls in the TeNo - 3
The last photo that I have is of TN Vlotho V/54, in what I date 1933, since the Lt. sleeve patches are visible, with the TN • TeNo Emblem above the group. No swastika flags, etc. point to 1933, IMO. [Photo is courtesy of the THW Vlotho webpage.
The 2 seated women could well be Helferin, because they are grouped with the TeNo boys. If it were a wives & girlfriend's type photo - many more women would be present. Therefore, I believe that they represent Helferin.
The very, very best information about women in the post-1933 TeNo is from Dieter Deuster's "Polizei Uniformen, ..." book, which I highly recommend. Deuster states on page 338, that:
"...11. Clothing of the female TN-personnel
In the process of the war women and young females worked as ”TN-Aids“ [TN-Helferinnen] in the office, realigned due to the general shortage of staff, im Büro-Nachrichten-Wirtschafts - in the office, Messages / Signals / economics - and the repair service - Instandsetzungsdienst – either conscripted or employed on a voluntary basis. (Footnote 40)
The service was performed generally in civilian clothes. Sometimes a characteristic 10 cm broad GREEN armband [armbinde] with a two-line label ”Technische Nothilfe“ in white Gothic Letters, was worn on the left upper arm.
In particular in the Economics (Wirtschafts) and in the (Instandsetzungsdienst) Repair Service the TN-Aids [TN-Helferinnen] wore the dark-blue Schiffchenmütze with the TN-Hoheitsabzeichen and the Reichskokarde and a one-or two-piece raw-grey work uniform [Drillichanzug] with cloth belt, and if necessary with this uniform the GREEN TN-Armband [TN-Armbinde] was worn. Over other pieces of service clothing and badges nothing is well-known. ..."
Translated from German by me - so there well could be translation mistakes. Txs, Dave L / dblmed
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