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Post by alexzouv » 04 Jan 2017 11:02

Another one showing the honorary Gauleiter Friedrich Ringhausen next to Jakob Sprenger
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Re: Gauleiters

Post by Mark Costa » 05 Jan 2017 13:36

Alexzouv:

Nice photo of Ringshausen. First one I have seen of him wearing glasses.

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Post by goofy » 05 Jan 2017 14:23

Nice indeed. Thanks for sharing.
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Post by alexzouv » 06 Feb 2017 18:03

Small but rare and interesting. Gauleiter Bürckel wearing the Gauleiter tabs
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Re: Gauleiters

Post by JonFish » 06 Feb 2017 23:30

Excellent, with Loeper next to him.
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Re: Gauleiters

Post by alexzouv » 11 Feb 2017 10:47

Here is a portrait of the Gauleiter des Gaues Oberösterreich Andreas Bolek
Hope someone has a better copy of that photo or another one of him
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Re: Gauleiters

Post by BarKokhba » 11 Feb 2017 11:17

Can someone fill me in as to what the actual role of the gauleiters was? Was it a military rank or a civil administrative position (and I hate to use the word civil here). Also, what is the origin of the word and it's correct pronunciation? Any info is appreciated.

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Re: Gauleiters

Post by Mark Costa » 11 Feb 2017 17:33

BarKokhba:

The Gauleiter were the regional leaders of the NSDAP. By 1945 their were 43 Gaus all led by a Gauleiter. Originally, their roles were strictly Nazi Party oriented. They could be considered "governors" for the party in their specific regions. After the NSDAP took power in 1933, their roles expanded as many of these men then held government administration offices. The government and the party are two separate things. In many instances the Gauleiter held titles in both areas making them very powerful in the Third Reich. These overlapping positions can be very confusing but the Gauleiter were PARTY leaders who sometimes held Government positions.

Josef Goebbels for example was the Gauleiter of Berlin -- meaning he led the Party in Berlin - which is different than being the Mayor of Berlin.
He was also Reichsleiter of Party Propaganda -- meaning he was the leader of Nazi Party Propaganda.
He was also Reichsminister of Propaganda -- meaning he was the Government Minister of the Propaganda. Separate than above.

So you can see how confusing the party ranks were in relation to the government positions.

Hope this helps some.

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Re: Gauleiters

Post by BarKokhba » 11 Feb 2017 18:22

Thank you Mark Costa. The evolving roles and often dual roles had me perplexed. As Gauleiters were geographically based, we're there also similar Nazi Party chefs installed in each Army Group? It's well known that the Soviets did this.

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Re: Gauleiters

Post by Wessel » 03 Jun 2017 11:00

This is a press photo dated August 1940, the only name being mentiond is Reich Finance Minister Funk. I think the photographer used too much flash as his white tunic and visor obscure any insignia, although it does appear his tunic is devoid of tabs.
Erich Koch is to his right and I think that is Gauleiter Greiser behind him. Second from left could be Gauleiter Florian?
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Re: Gauleiters

Post by Wessel » 03 Jun 2017 11:03

Another press photo from the same batch showing Gauleiter Burckel dated July 1940.
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Re: Gauleiters

Post by Mark Costa » 03 Jun 2017 14:31

Wessel:

Walther Funk never wore any insignia on his party uniform basically because he held no major position in the party after 1933. He was allowed to wear a uniform without insignia and wore a Reichsleiter visor cap -- ie. a visor with gold bullion piping around the crown and base. He alternated between his basic party uniform and his Reichsministers uniform but for some reason seemed to prefer the party uniform. And yes that is Greiser and Florian in the photo.

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Re: Gauleiters

Post by Wessel » 03 Jun 2017 16:37

Thank you for that info on Funk, I was not aware of that.

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Re: Gauleiters

Post by goofy » 03 Jun 2017 19:50

Mark Costa wrote:Wessel:

Walther Funk never wore any insignia on his party uniform basically because he held no major position in the party after 1933. He was allowed to wear a uniform without insignia and wore a Reichsleiter visor cap -- ie. a visor with gold bullion piping around the crown and base. He alternated between his basic party uniform and his Reichsministers uniform but for some reason seemed to prefer the party uniform. And yes that is Greiser and Florian in the photo.

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Mark,
whoever the 2nd man on the left is, it is not Florian. It is lower ranking party member.
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Re: Gauleiters

Post by Michael Miller » 04 Jun 2017 20:02

I agree, Michal. And he appears to wear the 1939 Spange on his 1914 EK II ribbon, a distinction that Florian did not receive.

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