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Article about: [QUOTE=Styx;564812]I just won this photograph on eBay and I can't work out what these soldiers are all about. They're wearing a combination of what looks like grey and black uniforms, with 2

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    I just won this photograph on eBay and I can't work out what these soldiers are all about. They're wearing a combination of what looks like grey and black uniforms, with 2nd pattern totenkopf cap insignia but early political eagles, I think? One wields a stick like a weapon, another like a tool. Any help would be appreciated as to when/where/what this photograph is about!



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    Robbie
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    Maybe something to do with Krystalnacht or similar event, wrecking stuff by the look of it.
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    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    They are at an outdoor pole dancing club

    Seriously though that is a great photo

    Nick
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    Interesting suggestion Bond, that'd make it quite an important photo if that's the case; and Nick, of course, I forgot that the SS were in the habit of doing that

    Robbie

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    Wooden sticks could be axes. Looks like woodchip and bark on the ground. Collecting firewood maybe. But officers?

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    Am thinking Jerry is close on it. Looks like they are clearing debris of some sort-but fairly cheerfully, if nothing else, so it must have been Good debris... Can't imagine why Officers would be doing it, otherwise. Course, then again...the guy on the top-third from the left does Not look very cheerful...hmm...Maybe He's the one that Made the mess..
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    Hi Robbie, that is a superb image.

    I doubt it will be Krystalnacht, as the pic does not look like it was taken in November, it looks too sunny.

    I would suggest they are on some kind of training exercise? The sheet they are holding is a Zeltbahn.

    No officers there, just enlisted and very junior NCO's.

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    Cracking image Robbie. That chap at the back is a bit "hello sailor" though isn't he?
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    Haha! To me he looked like an attacking Nazi zombie...

    And thanks Ade! Good point about the November thing; do you have any idea when the photo would have been taken, though? I mean, the combination of second pattern totenkopfs and political eagles can't have lasted that long. Plus.. why are some wearing black and others not? (pardon my lack of education :/)

    Thanks,

    Robbie

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    Maybe they are just looking, when other workers outside the photo have gathered wood for a midsummers fest or similar... Nice photo.

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