The man carrying the chair is certainly not Gesche. Gesche had held officer rank since 1931, but the man in question is not an officer. (No officer's cap cords on his service cap.)
Do you think it's possible that the men are SS Begleitkommando der Fuhrer though? I have a list of the original members, I wonder if you or some others could put names to faces if this is a possibility? There were originally only eight members, they were:-
Kurt Gildisch (1899 - 1956)
Franz Schädle (1906 - 1945)
Bruno Gesche (1905 - 1980),
Erich Kempka (1910 - 1975)
August Körber (1905 - ?)
Adolf Dirr (1907 - ?)
Willy Herzberger (1895 - ?)
Bodo Gelzenleuchter (1905 - ?)
'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'
In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.
Andreas: The reason I believe that the SS-man in the middle on photo #33 is our man, is that he has a very distinctive profile, and very distinctive ears. If you take a look through all the photos to familiarize yourself with his facial features, I am sure you can see why I firmly believe that it is him.
I was going to say....this guy must have held an important Position for the Postal service! These are some great photos Kenneth, im really enjoying them. I like the transitional uniform photo with the brownshirt uniforms/etc. What is the Badge above the Sturm 1 cufftitle in the photo of the SS man drinking from the bottle sitting in chair???
ADE: Thank you for the Abtielung ID. My first search on Lexicon website only revealed a PZ Gren Reg 66 with the 13th pz div....which didnt make sense at all to me. So when I refined my search, I came up with Panzer Abt 66 as you stated. Thanks again! Im still wondering if this man was part of the 2 Leichte Division ( light tank battalions) or if he was part of the later converted 7th Panzer Division? Either way, good to know what the tabs read!
Not trying to post over Kenneths beautiful photos, but figured I'd share some new Luftwaffe Feld-Division/Flak photos with LUFT GAB in wear!
Do the Obergefreiters tabs look like Feld Div or Flak to you? If they were flak, he would normally have a flak badge with the LWGAB right?
My favorite of the grouping.....also wondering if these are LWFD tabs too?? hard to tell
Nice photos Bill
Andreas: And another question that makes no sense if he was just a regular post man: What on earth is he doing in Hitler's garden in full SS-uniform in photo #20?