Foreign female Auxiliaries

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by history1 » 19 Aug 2013 19:53

Seems to be a interesting album, chris44. Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by peeved » 02 Oct 2013 13:35

Bit off topic: Nationale Jeugdstorm girls in Potsdam. Photos from exp. eBay.de auctions 200770855268 & 140771235599 (links expired).

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by peeved » 17 Oct 2013 21:43

Again bit off-topic: Vichy auxiliary in '42 (male buttoning and a medal or badge on right pocket; reversed negative?). Photo from exp. eBay.de auction 170919800148 (link expired).

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Heimatschuss » 23 Oct 2013 21:06

Hello Markus,

that's a very interesting photo you've found. The backside caption says (as best as I can read it):

Boulogne, [19]42, franz.[ösischer] Hilfsdienst

This presumably means it's from Boulogne-sur-Mer which was in German-occupied Northern France. 'Hilfsdienst' here in all likelihood means the writer saw an analogy to the contemporary German Sicherheits- und Hilfsdienst (SHD) [security and assistance service] that moved in for rescue and repair work after air raids and other major desasters. Looking at the debris in the photo a large explosion seems to have taken place so presumably it's after an air strike.

Unfortunately I have absolutely no idea how civil defense was organized in occupied France. (To increase the confusion, this part of France (the areas traditionally speaking Flemish) was subordinated to the German Militärbefehlshaber Belgien-Nordfrankreich in Brussels. So actually in this case an intimate knowledge of the German occupation rule in Belgium may be more helpful to learn what is being portrayed.)

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by peeved » 23 Oct 2013 21:49

Thanks Torsten,

Guess the shot was less off-topic than I thought. Placing the illegible location in occupied France would certainly explain how the German photograph was in the place to take the shot. Had not seen French Army type uniforms continuing in use in the free in the occupied zone but the existence of a local civil defence organisation would certainly make sense.

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Arto O » 13 Feb 2014 04:26

An interesting photo of Estonian nurses in a war time Estonian magazine for the volunteers "Pildileht", which I as a Finn would translate as a picture magazine.
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Arto O » 11 Mar 2014 05:28

Flemish Red Cross nurses. Source: junglekey.fr
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Semenov » 11 Oct 2014 17:08

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Arto O » 20 Nov 2014 21:08

Hi,
A Flemish nurse together with men in a hospital. She is wearing the Flemish lion sleeve badge in her right hand.
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by A410821 » 22 Aug 2020 06:25

This photo has just popped up online tagged as "An interpreter of the Waffen SS in France - 1941" - for me it seems like design your own uniform day

Nothing seems to match anything I can find - the royal coat of arms on the breast pocket, the strange collar tabs / side-cap badge and even the side cap itself are mysteries to me

The coat of arms looks almost Danish except it should have 3 lions on it instead of 5 blotches
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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Waleed Y. Majeed » 22 Aug 2020 13:48

Yes, the royal coat of arms does look somewhat danish.
The cap/collar badges might be what the french interpreters used in WW1 - a sfinx head (egyptian farao head) in a slightly modernized version.
https://www.relicmilitaria.com/product/ ... eve-badge/

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by history1 » 22 Aug 2020 18:01

This uniform is everything but an SS-uniform or a German uniform.

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by A410821 » 23 Aug 2020 09:22

[quote="Yes, the royal coat of arms does look somewhat danish. The cap/collar badges might be what the french interpreters used in WW1 - a sfinx head (egyptian farao head) in a slightly modernized version.
https://www.relicmilitaria.com/product/ ... eeve-badge [/quote]

Thanks Waleed - that is one big step closer to finding out who / what she was

Trying to find info on British / French / Danish interpreters in WW2 is going nowhere but that badge definitely matches the pharoah head insignia

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by viktorija » 02 Jan 2023 13:31

Fennicus wrote:
17 Feb 2013 11:59
The emblem on the cap looks like the Latvian sunburst, which was used as a national insignia. Maybe one of our Latvian friends could comment on this?

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Do you have any pictures of the sunburst cap insignia?

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Re: Foreign female Auxiliaries

Post by Acolyte » 24 May 2023 10:34

I was wondering if the women pictured here are foreign auxiliaries or not. I can't recognize the uniform but I assume it isn't German. I cropped the pic from the original, which is a larger image used as right-wing meme material.
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