Great stuff! Thanks so much for sharing.
Great stuff! Thanks so much for sharing.
I will take the opportunity once again to thank everyone for all encouraging feedback!
I know only a few facts about the other album (I have never seen it): It did belong to his son and was of identical make and size. It had photos in it showing the son serving in a Panzer unit within the LSSAH division during the war. It was sold to a local collector in the Regensburg area before I had the chance to even know about its existence.
Kenneth, thank you so much for all your efforts in compiling what is for me, one of the most interesting threads on the forum. Between yourself and Andreas, you have painstakingly endeavoured to ensure that a wonderful and interesting piece of history is not lost, and shall remain with us to both inform and entertain for a long, long time. This is such a joy to read and browse, well done and many thanks for sharing!
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Could Frau Sum Turken ( or somebody that can ask ) just put us out of our misery and tell who he was?where he came from?how did he get on in the war?
Within the photo album I have just shared with you was also found 9 loose photographs that must have been taken within 4 or 5 years after most of the photos of the album were taken. I have waited to post them for a while because of the fact that the photos do not directly relate to the narrative as displayed in the album. In fact I cannot be sure on anything regarding these photos to follow, as they do not include "our man" - at least I cannot positively identify him on any of them.
Let me present the photos:
#36 - I believe that we possibly are seeing a photograph here of the son of the original owner of the album in his black SS-uniform. I cannot prove this in any way - it could of course be someone else.
#37 - Here we are getting, I believe, a high view of the annual commemoration held in München of the events that started 9. Nov. 1923 - namely the failed Putsch-attempt by Hitler and his supporters. I have no idea what car der Führer would be in on this photo.
#38o/r - A photo of Hitler in his staff car as he rushes past the photographer. The photo is quite out of focus suggesting that we are not seeing a propaganda photo, but rather a privately taken photo. The date on the reverse (which tells us much about what we are seeing here and also about the dating of the preceding photo probably) could otherwise have suggested something else.
## 39 & 40 - Here we are seeing Motor-SA- and/or NSKK-personnel seemingly being guided around central München by the person pointing in both photos. Notice that they are wearing black mourning/sorrow ribbons over their party brassards. I believe that these photos also have been taken on 9. Nov - and that they are linked to the other photos related. And as such I believe that the mourning ribbons are commemorating those who were killed in the original Putsch-attempt - the same ones that Hitler dedicated his first volume of Mein Kampf to. Alternatively it could be connected to Hindenburg's death in 1934. We can tell that the photo was taken around this kind of time-frame by looking at the flags/banners in the background - where we can see the Imperial flag together with the swastika flag, a practice that ended not so long after Hindenburg's death as far as I know.
#41o/r - The text on the reverse of the photo pretty much says it all for this individual photo:
"Flag parade by the
village well -
Ruhpolding, in February 38".
Ruhpolding is a city in Southern Bavaria - but what is most interesting here is the date. I am positively sure that this photo and the next at least are directly related to the events surrounding the Anscluss - the annexation of Austria (which finally took place 11 March,1938). This flag parade here is related to the fact that Hitler is present now in the Obersalzberg and that he is meeting the Austrian Federal Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg - which of course later yields to the pressure Hitler is putting on him/Austria.
The same location today with a clear view to the village well:
#42 - This photo must be directly related to the preceding one and could show the very Anscluss-day, 11 March, 1938. I have no idea who the people in traditional clothing might be.
##43 & 44 - These are nice photos from undoubtedly the same area - perhaps the family of the owner of the album stayed (on holiday maybe) in the nice house, beautifully draped with snow.
This completes my presentation of all materials that I possess concerning this thread.
Thanks for sharing.
Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
Bravo very well done and presented my hats off to you Kenneth and Andreas for the amount of work and man hours that you have put into preparing this post,
Kind Regards Mark K
Always on the look out for WW II Canadian Helmets and Cam nets to add to my collection.
Found a Canadian Mk II Medics Helmet and yes I know they are about as rare as hens teeth !!!!!