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Help with Photograph - SS Obersturmbannführer and Unit?

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    Recently picked up a small grouping of original photographs some of which depict a parade involving SS men from an unknown unit. Several of the photos have writing on the back which indicate the date of 24 October 1943 for the "Day of Freedom in Poland." Including images below of one of the photographs in hope that someone here may be able to help with identification. Back of the photograph appears to read: Obersturmbannführer Schi_____________? the Commander the SS V.S. P.T. .....? A designation unknown to me but thought perhaps SS Volunteer Sturmbattalion Posen T_______?


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    I understand that the size and quality of the image itself may not allow for an identification of the man in question but perhaps someone can help with the name and writing on the reverse ....? Or perhaps the unit abbreviation or event location? Any thoughts, comments, or information would be most appreciated. Many thanks in advance!

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    The name is "Obersturmbannführer Schimmelpfennig".

    "SS U.S. P.T." is the abbreviation of "SS-Unterführerschule Posen-Treskau", i.e. "SS-NCO School Posen-Treskau".

    The photo was taken at the Schloßplatz in Posen (Poznan); the building is the former Königliche Generallandschaftsdirektion.

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    Thank you Sir. Your assistance is most appreciated ......

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    A little more data on the man as found in the late-war SS-Dienstalterslisten (SS Officers' seniority lists):

    Name: Schimmelpfennig Max
    Date of birth: 25 Feb. 1896
    NSDAP number: 3 683 016
    SS number: 422 176
    Waffen-SS rank: Standartenführer
    Promotion dates:
    - 5 Jan. 1942 - Obersturmbannführer
    - 9 Nov. 1943 - Standartenführer
    Duty positions:
    - Commander of SS-Unterführerschule Posen-Treskau (as per SS-DAL of 1 Oct. 1943)
    - Commander of SS-Waffen-Unterführerschule Laibach (as per SS-DAL of 1 July 1944 and 9 Nov. 1944)
    Awards and decorations:
    - EKI and EKII (WWI)
    - Clasp to the EK II (WWII)
    - KVKI mS and KVKII mS
    - Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer
    - Verwundetenabzeichen in Silber (WWII)
    - SS Honor Ring.

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    Thanks Shadwellarmy and HPL for your additional information!

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