Blind soldiers in the Wehrmacht..

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Blind soldiers in the Wehrmacht..

Post by Christoph Awender » 02 Sep 2003 11:18

Hello!

I can´t remember how long I am looking now for infos on german "Sonderlazarette" and never came to usefull results.

Now I finally found the info and found also a for my oppinion extremely interesting photo. It shows a nearly completely unknown part of the Wehrmacht soldiers "life". Surely interesting to me which lies in the nature of my profession and surely interesting to militaria collectors.... would you buy such a armband? :-)
These are patients of the Heeres-Sonderlazarett for blind soldiers. Soldiers which lost their eyesight in combat are teached in stenography and other signal duties. Note Infanteriesturmabzeichen of the soldiers in front.

\Christoph

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Post by Marcus » 02 Sep 2003 17:56

Very nice Christoph, do you have any more info on the subject?

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Post by CHRISCHA » 02 Sep 2003 19:41

If someone told me this, I wouldn't believe them.

Fascinating photo.

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Post by Daniel L » 02 Sep 2003 20:09

Very interesting Cristoph, any idea why the iron cross is on the armband?

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Post by CHRISCHA » 02 Sep 2003 22:16

If the cross is red, it is the ancient sign of medical knights Templar.

( I think!).

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Post by holderwinfried » 04 Sep 2003 17:49

D. Löwenhamn wrote:Very interesting Cristoph, any idea why the iron cross is on the armband?

Best regards/ Daniel

Answer:

Because the soldier got blind in wartime oder in combat.=

"Kriegsversehrter" - that means handicaped man in military service during the war.


Greetz

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Post by Daniel L » 04 Sep 2003 17:51

Thank you!

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Post by alsaco » 05 Sep 2003 22:27

About armbands

The german signalisation for blind persons at the end of the war was a yellow armband with three black dots. I suppose the cross was added for military personnal

Presently, I do not know if this use is still in force. There were numerous blind war veterans in Germny in 1948, french occupation zone with such armbands.

The crossover signals were also sonorized, a shell telling when blind pedestrians could cross safely.

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Post by Karl da Kraut » 06 Sep 2003 12:06

holderwinfried wrote:
"Kriegsversehrter" - that means handicaped man in military service during the war.
Nope, "Kriegsversehrter" generally means any man severly wounded and thus handicaped while in military service. It does NOT hint at the poor fellow's current profession.

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da karl ist right!

Post by holderwinfried » 09 Sep 2003 12:09

Karl da Kraut wrote:holderwinfried wrote:
"Kriegsversehrter" - that means handicaped man in military service during the war.
Nope, "Kriegsversehrter" generally means any man severly wounded and thus handicaped while in military service. It does NOT hint at the poor fellow's current profession.


Hi at all,

what have I do say: Karl da Kraut is right. I just meant the same, but I´ve to admit my knowledge of englisch is sometimes poor. Sorry.

Greetz

holderwinfried

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Und nun auf deutsch:

Hi Leute,

ganz klar: Karl das Krautige Wesen hat natürlich recht. Meinte zwar das gleiche. Aber wenn English nicht die Muttersprache ist, dann schleichen sich doch so üble Fehler ein. Aber ich gelobe Besserung.


Viele Grüße

der holdewinfried

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