03-02-2015, 04:01 AM
Nothing unusual going on here--except for the fact that they are pictures of the same General, but the one on the right was taken 30 years after the end of WW2.
(it is swords winner Otto Hitzfeld--however, he never physically received the award prior to the end of the war).
Just more proof that not all photos are what they seem....
03-02-2015 04:01 AM
03-02-2015, 04:08 AM
Would the EK2 spange and long service devices be the originals worn in defiance of the "banned symbol" law?
" When you're chewing on life's gristle, don't grumble, give a whistle "
03-02-2015, 08:06 AM
Yes; all of the Third Reich-era decorations on the medal bar are the original versions rather than the 1957 ones, and they even include one - the Sudetenland medal- that was banned from wear altogether.
However, as long as he only put them on for a private portrait photograph rather than in public, he didn't break the law, actually.
03-02-2015, 11:27 AM
03-02-2015, 11:38 AM
as Andreas will tell us, in the 1950s FRG, the caste of generals was seen either in tragic or less than flattering terms, as in this famous film of Carl Zuckmayer, who had known Ernst Udet.
03-02-2015, 06:31 PM
A fine drama, although I haven't seen it in ages, admittedly.
I must say, I actually watched quite a lot of German 1950s b & w films set in the WW2-era in my youth, when they were more frequently aired on TV than nowadays. I still think the fact that the cast and crew of these productions had lived through the war years (and often even served in the Wehrmacht) gave them a sense of authenticity not easily copied today.
03-02-2015, 06:36 PM
Dear Andreas, I agree with you totally. The dimension of human authenticity, you say, is overwhelming, and like so much else, is gone forever.
All the best to you.
03-02-2015, 06:37 PM
Des Teufels General is in You Tube, and I watch if often.
You Tube is a blessing for all of this.
03-03-2015, 06:12 PM
Here is the Allies take on insignia and awards:
03-04-2015, 04:11 PM
which was, in turn, followed by laws and regulations in the FRG on said issue. The approach in Austria was different, since it was Austria.