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Headgear Worn at the Time of Immediate Captivity

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    Marching towards captivity May, 1945:

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    An older Obersturmfuehrer filmed at Dachau, looking worse for wear--note that his right collar has been cutoff:

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    Some real picture hunting has been done, and so many new pics. Thanks for all the hard work.
    Cheers,
    Al

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    Antwerp 1944
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    I would like to chime in with some photos from Denmark:

    First photo was taken at the moment of immediate capture of HIPO (Hilfspolizei) units in the town of Fredericia (Denmark), by brigadiers from Danforce (The Danish Brigade in Sweden).
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    Second photo: The police chief in Odder (Denmark) Lemvigh-Müller salutes the German commandant Erdmann, that initially refused to surrender, but finally did so on May the 7th! 1945 - he left Odder on May the 8th, with the rest of the German troops:
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    Third photo: A Danish resistance fighter, and German soldier. Copenhagen Central Station, May 1945.
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    Webbing--thanks for that post, and I was unaware of that particular incident.
    Erdmann was an RKT--do you know his full name, and title in Denmark?
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    Quote by stonemint View Post
    Webbing--thanks for that post, and I was unaware of that particular incident.
    Erdmann was an RKT--do you know his full name, and title in Denmark?
    It was a strange incident. Erdmann was a "major" and functioned as the Kommandant in the City of Odder.
    Odder was not at all a large city. In 2015 it was 11.000 people, and may have been half that number in 1945.

    Erdmann had been transferred with his battalion from the Eastern Front only a couple of months prior to the liberation, and was not at all in the mood for a unconditional surrender. He did however promise, that if British or US troops were nearby he would surrender to them, but surrendering to the Soviets or the resistance was out of the question, and the battalion would fight to the last man and bullet if the Soviets were near.

    He promised, that any house or flagpole flying the Danish or allied flags would be blown up, and if the resistance wanted to enter the city he would have been inclined to take hostages.

    He did not trust the resistance, and finally accepted to keep his troops off the streets, if the Danish police would be able to find enough officers (they had been hiding during the war) to reform the local police-force. They did (by filing the ranks with resistance fighters ), and Erdmann kept his 1200 men indoors. Finally, on May 7th he received news from the German headquarters in Denmark at Silkeborg that he had to surrender.

    I don't know his full name though. He is always referred to as "Major Erdmann".

    He broke his Sword, and tossed it in a stream near the city, where some kids found it later.
    It is now at the Moesgaard Museum: https://www.kulturarv.dk/mussam/VisG...tandId=7849380
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    Thanks for the added info.
    Did a search, and his full name is Armin Erdmann.
    Short bio of him in German:


    Armin Erdmann besuchte nach seiner Schulzeit die Polizeischule in Münster i.W. , Von 1934-36 Polizeiabteilung in Bochum , meldete Erdmann sich 1938 freiwillig zur Infantrie. Er diente bis Kriegsende in der 16. Panzer-Division , erst im Infantrieregiment 79 , dann Schützen- bzw. Grenadierregiment 79 .


    Im Frankreichfeldzug als Führer der 5. Kompanie mit dem EK 2 ausgezeichnet , kurz danach als Oberfähnrich und Chef der 10. Kompanie mit dem Eisernern Kreuz 1.Kl. und dem Infantriesturmabzeichen geehrt. Nach dem Frankreichfeldzug verschlug ihn sein Dienstweg in die Heeresmission nach Rumänien und Bulgarien. Als Leutnant trat er den Rußlandfeldzug an , und wurde nach tapferen Kämpfen am 22.06.42 mit dem Deutschen Kreuz in Gold ausgezeichnet. Im Herbst 1942 zum Oberleutnant befördert folgte am 3. Januar 1943 das Ritterkreuz zum Eisernen Kreuz. Es folgten schwere Kämpfe in Italien, bei denen Hauptmann A.Erdmann schwer verwundet wurde. Nach seinen Zeit im Lazarett folgte eine Versetzung als 1a des Komandeurs der Panzertruppen in Magdeburg und 1944 ein halbes Jahr als Kdr. der Offiziersbewerberschule Großdeutschland in Cottbus. 1945 wurde Erdmann als Kommandeur. des Ordungsregiments "Groß-Deutschland" bei der Korpsschule v.Stockhausen versetzt und erlebte ,inzwischen zum Major befördert die Kapitulation in Holstein.

    Nach dem Krieg arbeitete Armin Erdmann als Kreisoberinspektor und Leiter des Ausgleichsamtes in Detmold und diente von 1958 bis 1961 in der Bundeswehr. Letzte Dienstrag : Oberstleutnant
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    Quote by stonemint View Post
    Thanks for the added info.
    Did a search, and his full name is Armin Erdmann.
    Short bio of him in German:[...]
    He lived to see it all, it seems.
    Even as an Oberstleutnant in the Bundeswehr!
    Thank you
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    Captured V/S wearing his DAF Schiffchen:
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