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TeNo Blue Arbeituniformen / Drillich

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 06:59

TeNo Blue Arbeituniformen / Drillich

Here is a BLUE TeNo Working {Arbeit] Uniform, which is seen in many TeNo TR Period Photos. (There was also a more common Off-White TeNo Working Uniform; and a Rarer Light Green TeNo Working Uniform)

The Dealer's description of the BLUE TeNo Working Uniform is as follows.

"...German WWII TeNo (Technische Nothilfe) HBT (herring bone twill) unissued work uniform. Consists of jacket and pants. HBT material is a dark blue color, buttons are pressed paper. Inside size and manufacturer tags and also paper manufacturer tags all present on both pieces. Jacket has 2 breast pockets and pants have hip pockets and right thigh utility pocket. Gorgeous textbook "Technische Nothilfe" cufftitle in light gray on black, factory applied to left sleeve. Size is large, German 52, about a 42 US. Pants are size 36" waist (adjustable) and 29" length from crotch to bottom hem. They have a belt with roller buckle adjuster in them for a better fit. Both pieces are flawless and mint. Textbook Teno Blue work uniform."
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TeNo Blue Arbeituniformen / Drillich - Front View

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 07:15

TeNo Blue Arbeituniformen / Drillich - Front View

This gives a better view of the Front.
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TeNo White & Blue Drillich in wear - Russia, 1941

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 07:29

TeNo White & Blue Drillich in wear - Russia, late 1941

This a neat foto from a TeNo album, which show 3 different Types of TN Uniforms:
• • WHITE: - TeNo Drillich [Drillich / Arbeit] Uniform - on the far Left;
• • FELDGRAU: - TeNo NCO & Officer in the Heer Feldgrau Uniforms;
• • BLUE: - TeNo Drillich Uniforms, 2 men in center - & - man on the Right;

[Of special interest - is that the "tool pocket" on the Right upper leg, can be seen on the Nothelfer on the Right. There is a wooden measuring 'folding ruler' sticking out of his Blue Arbeituniformen tool pocket.]
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TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - Front

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 07:34

TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - Front

The TAN TeNo Eagle patch / Armscheibe which is usually found on the Left sleeve, is shown above.
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TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - Pants

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 07:37

TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - Pants

The Right leg tool pocket is nicely shown.
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TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - LABELS

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 07:41

TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - LABELS

Through whatever quirk of fate, this particular TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform was never issued!

You can better see what is described as the Off-White coloration.
Also the Manufacturer's Labels are still present on the WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform.
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TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - 1 & 2 Button

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 09:28

TeNo WHITE Drillich • Arbeit Uniform - 1 & 2 Button TYPES

TeNo regulations for the various Uniforms & Drillich Types have specified the Nr. (#) of Buttons, and even the types of materials from which they were to be manufactured. Available period TeNo literature [uncovered to date] stated that the Drillich Uniform was to have (two) 2 Buttons for each of the 2 Flap Pockets on the Work Jacket / Blouse.

I 'believe' that this was indeed the case, except for a very, very few "Early" White Drillich Uniforms. [These fotos were amongst a group of 1935-36 dated fotos.] This 'belief' is based upon the attached foto [& a few other fotos which I have examined.] Thus, there was a unquestionably a "1 Button Flap Pocket" TeNo White Drillich Uniform configuration as well.

See Photo Below - NOTE:
• TeNo-Mann on Far Right = = 1 Button Flap Pockets
• TeNo-Mann 2nd from Right = 2 Button Flap Pockets
• TeNo-Mann 3rd from Right = 1 Button Flap Pockets
• TeNo-Mann on Far Left = = = 2 Button Flap Pockets (is Unbuttoned, but 2 Button Slits are visible.

My Opinion is that the 2 Button (vs. 1 Flap Pocket Button] model - proved to be much more practical for the TeNo. This Arbeit Uniform was for men who had items in their flap pockets - & - who were constantly bending over in their work. Hopefully, some written documentation will surface one day.
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TeNo Beitragskarte - 1937

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 10:05

TeNo Beitragskarte - 1937

TeNo documents are also a wonderful source of information for the TR Historian [or mini-Historian] & Collector. This TeNo Beitragskarte - from 1937 - is very interestingly also. [Perhaps it belonged to one of the TN men from the prior photos?]

The TN Stempel was placed 'upside down' - but reads Wilhelmshaven [which is also confirmed as being the correct Ortsgruppe.

The TeNo Due's Stamps are in place for the 1st half & the 2nd half of 1937. The Stamps are quite attractive & are printed as "193___" - so that the applicable year can be added. TR Stamp collectors are also very interested in TeNo Stamp items & Feldposts - Yes, because they are fairly uncommon...
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Soldbuch für TENO im Einsatz mit Luftwaffe - 1

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 10:20

Soldbuch für TeNo-Mann im Einsatz mit Luftwaffe - 1

TN Soldbucher provide information which is often unavailable in current references. We still have a great deal to learn about the fascinating diversity of the TeNo • Technische Nothilfe, and that is Good!
Here is a Soldbuch for Franz Kruger, who served as a TeNo / TN man, attached to the Luftwaffe.

His Soldbuch foto shown him wearing a Luftwaffe fliegerbluse. He also wears:
• • TN collar tabs,
• • TN shoulder boards, and
• • TN left sleeve Eagle (Armscheibe) which is partially visible.
[This was the 'standard' Uniform configuration for TeNo men - im Einsatz mit der Luftwaffe.]

His rank in the foto is that of TN-Mann (which was a very early foto - as the next page shows.)

This may have been his 2nd or 3rd TN Soldbuch, as the Rank entries are for 1943-1945.
His rank within the TeNo progressed markedly over time.
01.6.1943 - TeNo Unterwachtmeister
30.1.1945 - TeNo Wachtmeister
20.4.1945 - TeNo Zugwachtmeister


Nice Stempels for:
• Technische Nothilfe Nachschub-Lager Pohrlitz ND [appears to be used for a prior foto] - & -
• TN-Einsatzabteilung L-[LUFT]-Ost
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Soldbuch für TeNo-Mann im Einsatz mit Luftwaffe - 2

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 10:26

Soldbuch für TeNo-Mann im Einsatz mit Luftwaffe - 2

His Soldbuch entries are very interesting, as he is posted to:
• TN Einsatz. Abtl. LUFT-Ost
• TN Einzatzgruppe - West - L (Luftwaffe)
• TN-Einsatz-Abteilung C
..... [I don't know what this entry signifies]
• TN-Einsatz-K?? - Kdo ......... [I don't know what this entry signifies]

He definitely got to travel to a number of 'exotic & scenic' places, as a TeNo • Technische Nothilfe member, assigned to the Luftwaffe (!)

I would greatly appreciate your help in understanding what these entries indicate - for this TeNo man im Einsatz mit der Luftwaffe... Txs, ... Dave / dblmed
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TENO Einsatzgruppe "SUD" in Elsaß 11.1940

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 10:32

TENO Einsatzgruppe "SUD" in Elsaß 11.1940

TeNo FELDPOST & Letters, Post Card examples offer super documentation for TN Unit locations at a specific point in time.
This is an interesting Feldpost from the TN Einsatzgruppe "SÜD" in Elsaß 11.1940 postmarked in Strassburg. The sender even used a Stamp overprinted with 'ELSAß' on it - & - also added "Feldpost."
[I guess that he 100% wanted to make sure that it reached its destination.]

I am fairly sure that the TN Einsatzgruppe "NORD" was assisting with LUFT activities - as well as performing vital reconstruction of bridges, demolition of damaged structures, clearing of canals & locks [using TN Divers], and other activities.

But I do not know 'if" the TN Einsatzgruppe "SÜD" in Alsace / Elsaß was also in service with the Luftwaffe.
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TeNo im Einsatz mit LUFTWAFFE - March 1944

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 10:51

TeNo im Einsatz mit LUFTWAFFE - March 1944

Here is a Nice article concerning the Einsatz / Deployment of the TeNo in the LUFTWAFFE from the TeNo house magazine "Die Räder" dated MARZ 1944.

The TeNo personnel im Einsatz mit LUFTWAFFE, performed these functions [amongst others]
  • Repairing recessed landing Lights at an airfield in France;
    Manning a Search Light (& making sure that the electric power generator works for it!)
    Manning the QM - Quartermaster / Storage Room, with all needed parts & supplies.
    Performing work for the Atlantic Wall defenses.
    [Providing power for installations, hospitals, barracks, etc.]
    [Providing the water supply - for all needed purposed.]
    [Building & assisting with building of FLAK towers - & - FLAK positions.]
    [Building & assisting with building of LUFTSCHUTZ Rooms - & - Air Raid Bunkers.]
    [Multiple other 'Technical' functions.]
The TeNo men wear LUFT Uniforms; but they keep the TN Eagle Triangle Sleeve Patch & the TN Collar Tabs & TN Shoulder Boards. Others wear the TN Arbeit White Uniform. The Side Caps are a mixture of both TeNo Cap Eagles & LUFT Cap Eagles.

This is a very interesting Article about the TN im Einsatz mit LUFTWAFFE - from March 1944
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TeNo Einsatzgruppe Luftwaffe - in ITALY 9, 1943

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 11:09

TeNo Einsatzgruppe Luftwaffe - in ITALY 9, 1943

This Foto is of members of the TN Einsatzabtelilung - L - OST, Bereich Süd.
They had been transferred from Zhitomar, Russia, in September, 1943, and were stationed near Viterbo, Italy - following the Italian Capitulation. [There was an important Air Base nearby.]

It is a neat Uniform study, as:
• The 2 TN men, on the LEFT - wear the LUFTWAFFE Fliegerbluse, Type 2, & have TN Collar Tabs, and TN Shoulder Boards,
• TN man at LEFT - wears a LUFTWAFFE Belt Buckle.
• The TN Man, on the RIGHT - wears a LUFTWAFFE Tunic, with LUFTWAFFE Eagle over the RT. Pocket, and has TN Shoulder Boards, but wears no Collar Tabs.
• ALL 3 TN Men - are wearing LUFTWAFFE Side Caps.
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TENO Einsatzgruppe Luftwaffe - im Italien # 2

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 11:19

TENO Einsatzgruppe Luftwaffe - im Italien # 2

Another very interesting Foto from the Album of the TN Einsatzabtelilung - L - OST, Bereich Süd - which was transferred from Russia to Italy, is quite revealing

There must have been fighting with the residual Italian forces [following their 1943 surrender to the Allies]. As a result, TN-Vormann, JOSEF KARASEK [and a 2nd TN-Mann] were killed on 19.9.1943, and they were buried with honors in Viterbo, Italy - Latium province.
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TeNo Mann in Einsatz Luftwaffe with Matching Tabs

Post by dblmed » 28 Apr 2010 11:29

TeNo Mann in Einsatz Luftwaffe with Matching Collar Tabs

This is a quite fascinating foto of a TeNo Mann - [actually TN-Obervormann Rank] who is wearing a LUFT Uniform - & - with the somewhat unusual observation of the wearing of Matched TeNo Collar Tabs.

(He is wearing a Fliegerbluse - type 1 or type 2 - as I can not tell the difference without 'looking for' the distinctive pockets! Maybe someone else, who knows more about these LUFT uniforms, can tell us?) This use / wearing of the Fliegerbluse - 'seems' to be fairly typical of TN men, in 'Einsatz' mit Luftwaffe

Yes - the wearing of Matched TeNo Collar Tabs was proscribed (BUT - supposedly for Only those TeNo • TN men who were stationed 'outside of the Greater Reich.') But, not too many Fotos of these matched Tabs have been found. (Also of interest, is that this Foto was TR time-frame hand colorized, which makes it that just much more attractive.) ... Txs, Dave/dblmed
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