From the picture all I really saw was the prominent black band on the cap, the long coats, and I couldn't really see the eagles. Thanks for the clarification - at least this trio still look menacing...
Oh, and I only just noticed all of the photographs you posted. They're excellent! I'm a stickler for the ones showing the cap in wear so I've liked your post with my two favourites on thanks for showing!
The Totenkopfverbände (SSTV) [i.e. concentration camp personnel] and this division - which originated from the original pre-war camp guard formations - both wore the "death's head" collar patch; thus it is not always possible to tell one from the other in period photographs.
What makes the SSTK more likely are two things:
He is wearing a combat decoration (note the EK2 ribbon in his buttonhole) and the Waffenfarbe [branch color] on his cap and shoulder boards appears to be far too dark to be the light brown color for the concentration camp branch. (More likely black for engineers.)
Excellent, that's very useful, thank you - seeing it close up makes it much easier to see in the initial photograph.
And ah, really? Yes, what you say does make sense, I did notice the EK2 but I suppose I thought he'd been assigned to a KZ after service. I suppose it's still just as interesting, anyway, thanks again for the help.
Any info about these characters?
For those that have not seen this Before
(most likely it is on the same exact paper too, as they were probly printed together)