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Gebirgsjäger rad - luftwaffe photo album (war-time)

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    This is a nice album belonging to a young man serving in the Gebirgsjäger (Edelweiss) mountain RAD 272, and then right the Luftwaffe. In fact, it looks as if the Luftwaffe recruited them from their RAD camp and they went directly into the service from that point. There are some nice and interesting photos in this album and there are several large 5x7" photos as well.

    Photo albums are so interesting for me, when looking trough history books it feels like I have seen almost all the interesting pictures after reading about ww2 for many years, but when opening a personal photo album you know that every photo is a new one! I love that the Soldier that this album used to belong to has a very distinctive look with hes glasses, so he is very easy to spot on every group photo.

    I have no information about where the pictures are from or who the officers on the photos are. If anyone have ANY information at all about any photo, it would be much appreciated.

    Enjoy my friends!

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    Some excellent insignia and badges in wear shots there !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Default Re: Gebirgsjäger rad - luftwaffe photo album (war-time)

    Thanks! What badges did you see? I have so far only spotted an infantry assault badge and edelweiss insignia.

    Can anyone see who the officer on picture number 134 is?
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    Quote by Monuir View Post
    Thanks! What badges did you see? I have so far only spotted an infantry assault badge and edelweiss insignia.

    Can anyone see who the officer on picture number 134 is?
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    look again !

    Nick
    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    First: Congratulations on this excellent purchase.

    The officer in photograph # 134 is Generalfeldmarschall Hugo Sperrle.

    A few more observations: Photo # 28 shows Werkluftschutz [factory air defense] personnel.
    Allow me to point out that the RAD traditions cap badge seen in some of the photographs is not an Edelweiß; it's the spruce branch device worn by Arbeitsgau XXVII (Baden). The RAD unit identified by the sleeve insignia (Abteilung 4 of Gruppe 272) was stationed at Freiburg im Breisgau. (Sorry, no Gebirgsjäger connection there whatsoever.)
    Last edited by HPL2008; 07-05-2012 at 05:45 PM.

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    Default Re: Gebirgsjäger rad - luftwaffe photo album (war-time)

    Thank you very much!

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    Splendid photos Monuir, great stuff. Photo #74 of the soldiers marching in columns wearing their helmets is quite strange. I've never seen German soldiers march with their rifles slung horizontally across their shoulders like that. It would make me nervous to march with an 8MM slug pointed at my head. You'd sure have to trust the guy to your left.

    Jay

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    A splendid acquisition Monuir, well done on picking up a nice example of a well varied album. Some excellent images shown above, thank you for sharing this with us all too.

    Regards,

    Carl
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    Default Re: Gebirgsjäger rad - luftwaffe photo album (war-time)

    Thank you everyone! I got it for 130 USD which I think is a pretty decent deal.

    Sorry for the big white pieces, I am using a scanner for the first time in my life and also learning the program in which to cut the pictures... Will be better done next time

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