08-31-2013 09:16 PM
I always thought the expert muetzenmachers were exempt from being drafted into service. Mainly because of their important role of supplying uniforms to the people and their hard to find skill.
As the war proceeded, more and more men were sent into battle without exception and in 1944 many German cities were burned from the air with casualties and such.
Also, many of the persons you show, Patrick, were slave laborers, which further speaks to my point that the cap maker of, say, 1937, was in 1942 or 1943 dead on the Eastern Front. And in certain cases, the persons you show were then murdered within a year of the photos being taken.
A propaganda view in 1943, but you can see between the appearance of determination and rhetoric to the reality.
1943 12 24 Berlin Aprés les Bombardements - YouTube
I am very sorry, I had no idea the photos I shown were of slave labour. I have removed them.
Thanks for the link. A very interesting video.
Best regards, Patrick
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 09-01-2013 at 07:46 PM.
yes, it is, surely. How these things circulate.
Here is the attestation from the son of the vet. I have no doubt the story got mixed-up over the years:
I place no credence in such stories whatsoever, sorry to say. The auctioneer often has some very good things, to include a nice black SS uniform a couple of years ago. This auction also has what strikes me as a very real Deutschland Erwache/SA Feldzeichen flag, too.
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The cap is real and as such contrasts with the mountains of depressing fakes.
Many notable items of uniform came from "Dachau" in its variety, or from the greater environs of Munich, with its many SS facilities.
This kind of legend and myth making I have been exposed to for fifty years of my collecting life, and the hyper retelling of these things in the 21st century replete with the mise en scene of the internet makes them no less true than in the gun show or stamp shop or hock shop of several decades ago.