Kriegsberichtertrupp!

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Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Bildberichter » 10 Dec 2010 14:44

I would like to introduce you to our small re-enactment enterprise, all the way on the southern tip of Africa!

We, a couple of guys from Bloemfontein and Pretoria (South Africa), aim to re-enact a Kriegsberichtertrupp (war reporter section) of a Wehrmacht Propagandakompanie (PK).

COMPOSITION

A war reporter (Kriegsberichter) usually worked at divisional or regimental level in conjunction with a cameraman (Bildberichter) and a driver (Kraftsfahrer). These three men constituted a Propagandatrupp or Kriegsberichtertrupp. Several Truppen formed a propaganda platoon (Propagandazug or Kriegsberichterzug) at corps level, while several propaganda platoons constituted a propaganda company (Propagandakompanie) at Army level. Our little group initially consisted of the following:

(a) A Sonderführer as Bildberichter (war photographer).
(b) An Unteroffizier as Wortberichter (war reporter).
(c) A Kraftsfahrer as driver.

As the group expanded the following individuals have been added at some events:

(d) A Leutnant as Lautsprecherberichter (loudspeaker operator).
(e) A Gefreiter as Film-Aufnahmeberichter (film reporter).
(f) One Russian "Hiwi" (Hilfswilliger) to translate Russian propaganda and polish the boots!

We also get frequent visits from our very own Kriegspharrer (chaplain), while we are currently planning to recruit one or more EM Betreungstrupp (welfare troops) to show movies etc. at re-enactment events.

VEHICLE

Typically a propaganda company had the following vehicles:

(a) Two small cars (Volkswagen) - one for the company commander.
(b) One large car.
(c) One mobile movie truck.
(d) Four mobile movie outfits on trucks.
(e) One ration truck.
(f) One office truck.
(g) One field kitchen.
(h) One clothing truck and armoury.

Our re-enactment unit is focussed around one such period vehicle. Due to the scarcity of original Second World War German vehicles in South Africa, a Kdf-Wagen Type 82E light staff car (leichter Personenkraftwagen) was reconstructed from a later model Volkswagen Beetle. The vehicle is fitted with a roof rack that carries our field and reporting equipment. For some events the vehicle is also equipped with a set of loudspeakers installed on the roof rack to use it as a Lautsprecherwagen.

PHOTOS

The Kriegsberichtertrupp:

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Das auto:

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"Unsere Hiwi" listening to Russian propaganda transmissions:

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Our impressive Kriegspharrer:

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Being a rear echelon group (REMFs as the 1st SS "Reich's Finest" re-enactors usually refer to us) certainly does have its advanages!

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In the Free State, our conditions are almost similar to the Russian Steppes with winter temperatures easily dropping to -9 deg C.

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Fortunately not all 1940s Contreau bottles were filled with explosives for the Fuhrer...

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Some action photos taken at our re-enactments:

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Photos taken with an original 1940s Zeiss and hand developed:

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Although re-enactment is still small fry in South Africa, we have made some good headway in the last 5 years with authenticity slowly cathing up with enthusiasm... Comments welcome, bt please be gentle!

Grüße!

MC Heunis
Sonderführer Bildberichter
GD Kriegsberichterzug
Wehrmacht Propagandakompanie
Living History Unit
Bloemfontein, South Africa
kruppgun@yahoo.co.uk

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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by dixieflyer » 12 Dec 2010 05:34

Thanks for posting! I have been considering this impression for myself of late, although not to the degree (vehicles, large tentage, etc.) which y'all have taken it. Looks great though. Good job!

Warren

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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Bildberichter » 14 Dec 2010 17:44

Forgot to add, the KDF now have the correct rear lights and also sports a set of Vladimir Lehar's 5.25-16 Kubel tyres.

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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Bildberichter » 12 Jul 2011 12:13

We had our annual big WW2 event, "Operation Barbarossa", a few weekends ago and as usual it was great fun! Our little "Propagandakompanie Zug" living history display was the most authentic at the show and had people amazed. We again did a "full immersion" weekend and lived 100% 1940s style with everything in our camp as authentic as possible. Here are the pics:

Our camp and Das Auto:
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Our 1940s DJ:
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The lodging for the weekend was basic:
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Our little wood stove kept us alive in the sub zero winter nights:
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The LSAH from the Cape Town "Heritage Group" visits us with their Kubelwagen:
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Light camp duty:
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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Daniel » 17 Jul 2011 09:56

Interesting thread, thanks for sharing!

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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Bildberichter » 02 Jan 2012 06:49

What we do best!
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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Bildberichter » 17 Jul 2013 09:53

A few pics from our recent Kursk event:

A Kriegsberichter in the field:
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The troops get ready for the next assault:
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Cassualties!
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Helloooo nurse!
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The Panzerfarbwagen probes the Russian positions:
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If Der Spiess only knew he was going to make the Spiegel, he would have washed his face...
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Testing a captured firearm:
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Russian awaiting the attack:
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Lautsprecherwagen: "Achtung, achtung...!"
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Not looking forward to the march to Siberia....
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A few nice 1940s style grainy colour photos:

The chaplan tries his best to convert an atheist:
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The Kriegsberichterzug driver guarding his car:
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The endless Steppes:
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You know what they say about a man in uniform...
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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Bildberichter » 17 Jul 2013 10:35

Last year (2012) our Kriegsberichterzug was transferred to Africa to cover the fighting around El Alamein:

Officers, all old hands in Africa:
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Unser Aufenthalt in Afrika...
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Struggeling with aclimatization?
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Maybe she can help out?
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The South Africans arrive to spoil our party:
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A Sherman trades sides for the second time...
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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Jean-Paul Burrows » 19 Jul 2013 20:36

Hey Bildberichter , do you have any more pictures of the reenactment event in Bloemfontein? , i took part in it with the 1. SS- Leibstandarte, and drove with you guys back to camp after the dinner
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Reason: LEIB standarte - not and never LIEB standarte

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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by MG42sForAll » 23 Jul 2013 10:30

Great pics! Keep up the good work! :thumbsup:

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Re: Kriegsberichtertrupp!

Post by Bildberichter » 30 Jul 2013 15:31

JP - have a look at my Facebook album. Regards MC Heunis

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