time for a bit of new stuff again. Attached you'll find the first full example of a Luftwaffe female auxiliary with the 'V' specialist patch for Verwaltungshelferinnen
(administration auxiliaries) that I've ever encountered. This patch was introduced only in late 1942 when just those female auxiliaries stationed abroad received uniform costumes while the bulk of Luftwaffe administrative work occured back in Germany of course. This may explain the rarity of this patch.
The late introduction also seems to be responsible for the much lower quality base cloth used which is quite obvious when you compare the material of the jacket with the patch in this photo.
I have to admit that even for me it's not clear at the moment where the difference was between Luftwaffe Verwaltungshelferin
and Luftwaffe Stabshelferin
. The latter received a completely different trade patch (diamond shaped with the inscription Stabshelferin
while the work the two categories seems to have been more or less the same.
by the first name of Lieselotte gave away this photo postcard as a souvenir while in Zakopane in Nov. 1943. Zakopane is a mountain resort in Southern Poland that had been more or less confiscated by the Wehrmacht entirely. The famous town in the Caparthian Mountains was the location of quite a number of Wehrmacht sanatoriums and holiday homes.
, auction no. 300458441619
Date: Aug. 29th, 2010, 19:04:52 hrs CEST
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