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    hi bill the young guy an family,it not uboat I think its destroyer badge.yes thats a italian pilot with a german air gunner.no.11 I think is back to front,thats a pilots badge.harry


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    Hi Folks,

    This period photo I picked up has me intrigued, and any insights you may have would be appreciated.
    I think it is a Luftwaffe AA crew in training, but don't know for sure, as I can't see any insignia or Luftwaffe decals on any of the helmets.
    The only visible helmet decal is a national shield that one of the blokes has on his lid.
    Any ideas on what they are working on? Possibly an AA gun
    All opinions welcome.

    Brad.
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    Definitely looks like an AA crew Brad. I can sort of make out a gun carriage and optics in the photo.

    Bryant

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    Looks like a rangefinder to me.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Quote by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Looks like a rangefinder to me.

    Cheers, Ade.
    I think you are right Ade,
    Just googled and found this pic, it's from a different angle but looks to be the same piece of equipment, Flak rangefinder.

    Cheers,
    Brad.

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    Quote by Bill T View Post
    Chris, that photo I told you about a while ago came today. The writings look like they are "anti-Greek" or maybe poking fun??

    The first one..... Xanthippe Athen - "Shrew" or mouse-like Athen?? I dunno
    Hey mate, that took a looong time to arrive.
    I tend to agree with the opinion of Tempelhof.
    Maybe Andreas could give us his opinion too.
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

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    A couple of nice photos I just received depicting a soldier being awarded the EK 2 in the field/and proudly posing with the EK2 afterwards. The one awarding it is written on the back as being "Major Doring" (?)... not 100% on his name though and the time and name of the place reads (I think) "Asheim" --- "24.4.1940", which would place this 2-3 weeks into Operation Weserübung/Invasion of Norway

    Anyone care to help translate/accurately decipher the writing on the back of these photos? I always try to note as much available info on photos as I possibly can for my digital "archive".

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    I am not 100 % sure on the first letter of Iron Cross holder's surname. The letter looks a bit odd, but it resembles the "M" in "Major", so I'd go for "Mäckler".

    The first one says:

    "Uffz. [= Unteroffizier] E. Mäckler erhält am 24.4.1940
    in Asheim als erster vom III. Batl.
    [= Bataillon] von
    Major Doring das E.K. II
    [= Eisernes Kreuz II. Klasse]"

    ...i.e.:

    "As the first man of the 3rd Battalion, Unteroffizier E. Mäckler receives the Iron Cross 2nd Class from Major Doring at Asheim on 24/4/1940"

    The second one:

    "Uffz. [= Unteroffizier] E. Mäckler
    als erster E.K.
    [= Eisernes Kreuz]-Träger
    April 1940
    bei Asheim
    "

    ...i.e.:

    "Unteroffizier E. Mäckler
    as the first holder of the Iron Cross
    April 1940
    near Asheim
    "

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    Aaahh... thank you very much! Now if I could only figure out where "Åsheim" is... there seems to be several places here in Norway with that name. I'm guessing if I knew more about this "3rd Batallion" I'd have an easier time narrowing it down.
    The only "Major Doring" I found via Google was a Major in the Luftwaffe but I'm guessing the one in the photo is an army Major..?

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