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Re: Spanish Females

Post by Heimatschuss » 05 Apr 2008 22:40

Hello,

I've found some photos of Spanish nurses that accompanied the Division Azul.
Major Santiago wrote:Las Damas Auxiliares, also served during the war, they were nurses assisting the Blue Div.
some even served on the Eastern Front.
Sources:
Top photo: http://www.elgrancapitan.org/foro/viewtopic.php?t=7290

Centre photo: http://www.zweiterweltkrieg.org/phpBB2/ ... 9&start=30

Bottom photo: http://www.zweiterweltkrieg.org/phpBB2/ ... 9&start=30

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 28 Oct 2008 23:25

Hello,

time for some more pictures of the Norwegian nurses.

The first one is from http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/ ... =helferins
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 29 Oct 2008 00:07

These photos show an interesting variety of Norwegian uniforms.

The woman to the right is wearing the standard uniform of the frontsisters.

The one on the left has replaced the usual belt with one that seems to be from the Waffen-SS due to the belt buckle. The leather boots are also unusual plus she's wearing a mountain troops patch on her left sleeve. This may indicate that she belongs to SS Skijäger-Bataillon Norwegen .

The nurse(?) in the centre has a quite unique dress. It seems to a uniform of the Norwegian Gjente-Hird girls' youth organization (note the rhomboid Gjente-Hird pin above her right breastpocket) that has been retailored to the cut of the frontsisters' tunics. This is combined with a Waffen-SS belt and a pair of civilian shoes.

I'd really like to know what the shiny stuff is that the centre nurse has on her left hand and the adjecent sleeve parts. When I found the first picture I thought it was some kind of photographical failure. But as the other photo shows exactly the same effect it really seems to be something on her hand.

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Top photo: http://www.frontkjemper.info/forum/view ... c704763dc4

Bottom photo: Sorry, forgotten to secure the URL when I copied it from the internet. I can no longer find the original there.

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Askold » 29 Oct 2008 03:03

Good looking Ukrainian Helferin. From a book by Z. Zelenyi "Ukrains'ke Junatstvo".
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 20 Feb 2009 16:28

Hello,

found the source of Norwegian SS frontline nurses 3.jpg again. It's from was http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 5&p=215913

Here comes another foreign volunteer. Anna Bormane, a Latvian MD that served in the Training and Replacement Batallion of the SS's 15th (Latvian) Waffen-Grenadier-Division.

Source: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/ ... p?t=280564

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 30 Apr 2010 21:32

Hello,

one more picture of the Norse front sösters, from http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/forums/ ... tcount=551 .
The women in the centre seems to be the same as the one here http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 92#p948992 .

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by -Michael » 06 May 2010 15:27

Flemish DRK-nurses:
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by -Michael » 06 May 2010 15:37

Flemish Landdienst-volunteers:
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by -Michael » 06 May 2010 16:06

So there where Flemish DRK-nurses and Landdienst-volunteers, but there where also Flemish girls in the Hitler-Jugend-Flandern, Flemish SS-Helferinnen and probebly also Flemish women in the NS-Frauenschaft.

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Vikki » 06 May 2010 17:19

Those are really lovely photos, Michael. Thanks for posting them.

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by -Michael » 07 May 2010 09:49

Vikki wrote:Those are really lovely photos, Michael. Thanks for posting them.

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On the digital Soma archive you'll find many hundred of these photo's.
A very stunning archive.

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 15 May 2010 12:06

Hello,
-Michael wrote:
Vikki wrote:Those are really lovely photos, Michael. Thanks for posting them.

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On the digital Soma archive you'll find many hundred of these photo's.
A very stunning archive.
Cegesoma is indeed a great source though the search engine is a bit tricky. You have to juggle with German, Dutch/ Flemish and French terms. Additionally the German photo captions are misspelt frequently.

Note for example that one of the women at the front of the marching column below is wearing a DRK uniform with a SS sleeve eagle:
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So far Cegesoma is the only place where I have seen something like that. Here's another example:
Flemish Nurses (Cegesoma Image No. 18478).jpg
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Vikki » 15 May 2010 15:34

Heimatschuss wrote:Cegesoma is indeed a great source though the search engine is a bit tricky. You have to juggle with German, Dutch/ Flemish and French terms. Additionally the German photo captions are misspelt frequently.

Note for example that one of the women at the front of the marching column below is wearing a DRK uniform with a SS sleeve eagle:
Great information (as ever), Torsten. So, do we assume that they're Flemish SS nurses?

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 15 May 2010 21:54

Hello Vikki!

I think the women in the top photo are a mixed bunch. The ordinary nurses in the work suits are probably all Flemings. The two women at the front have Führerinnen pips on their collars so they are most likely German. There seems to have been no general usage of the Flanders arm patch with the walking lion amongst the girls. Sometimes you see it in photos, often it's missing. If worn some wear it on the left arm, others on the right.
The top photo is from a set showing male and female Flemish volunteers leaving from Antwerp for the Eastern front. The set is not dated but there are other pictures of the haggard woman with the SS insignium that are from the first half of 1944.

Here's another one better showing her sleeve eagle:
Flemish Nurses (Cegesoma Image No. 18547).jpg
Two more showing her face and uniform
Flemish Nurses (Cegesoma Image No. 18476).jpg
Flemish Nurses (Cegesoma Image No. 18492).jpg
People interested in the subject should got to http://pallas.cegesoma.be/pls/opac/plsp ... l/opac.htm

Go to the 'Search in:' box and tick off 'Photo Library'.

Then enter subjects like:

volontaires de la Croix-Rouge
Deutsches Rotes Kreuz
Infirmières flamandes
Infirmières wallonnes

and have a nice evening.

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 15 May 2010 23:01

A few more teasers from http://www.cegesoma.be , taken in the Reichsführerschule of the German Red Cross in Groß-Schulzendorf, SW of Berlin.

A Danish and a Dutch nurse:
DRK Nurses (Cegesoma Image No. 222632).jpg
More snuggly Danish-Dutch cooperation:
DRK Nurses (Cegesoma Image No. 222634).jpg
A Norse nurse (but one not belonging to the SS front sösters):
DRK Nurses (Cegesoma Image No. 222638).jpg
BTW I notice that the colours on the Dutch sleeve patches here are just the other way round than those at http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 94#p943394
Did both versions exist? I've tried to find an answer with the search engine but had no luck.

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