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Headgear Worn at the Time of Immediate Captivity

Article about: Always interesting to see what kind of headgear was being worn at the end. Here, SS Generals:

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    Not many happy faces in this bunch marching off to Russia!Click image for larger version. 

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    KM & WH surrendering:
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    Chilled LW pilot captured at Dover:
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    I don't remember seeing this one before.

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    From: Anti-Worlds

    Caption: 'Portrait of a German POW at a temporary collection area following Operation Goodwood during the Battle of Normandy. Operation Goodwood was a British offensive that took place between 18 July 1944 and 20 July 1944. British VIII Corps, with three armored divisions, launched the attack aiming to seize the German-held Bourguébus Ridge, along with the area between Bretteville-sur-Laize and Vimont. Near Cagny, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France. July 1944.'

    This is one of an excellent collection of photos on a strangely named tumblr Anti-Worlds

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    Actually, I wonder whether the woman on the left and the one on the right really are uniformed auxiliaries.

    Note that, unlike the woman in the center, they are wearing male uniforms and insignia (shoulder boards and collar patches); the uniform of the one on the right is even badged for an Unteroffizier (and appears to be several sizes too large). Also, her hairdo and shoes are not what I would expect to see worn by an auxiliary on duty.
    Even if there was a shortage of female uniforms necessitating them to be issued ill-fitting, hand-me-down male uniforms, I would at least expect the rank insignia to be removed.

    I suspect there's a story there which we will never know.

    I am speculating here, but could it be that they were kitted out like this - plus helmets - in the hope of blending in with a mass of soldiers (note the many man in the background) to avoid rape? Or were the outfits staged for the photograph and if so, why?
    Looking at the 3 women-particularly the one on the left, my guess would be camp prostitutes, possibly playing about with the men's uniforms for a fun photo shot.
    William

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    No headgear unless you count the snow, but an extraordinary image:

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    From: Anti-Worlds

    Caption: 'Two young German soldiers are amongst those who surrender to Scottish soldiers of the 52nd Lowland Infantry Division during heavy snowfall. Höngen, Heinsberg district, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. 20 January 1945.'

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    Surely they are not making fun of his visor:
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    Luftwaffe:
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