Luftwaffe Major Baumhauer. Sonderverband Bergmann.
Luftwaffe Major Baumhauer. Commander of sole eastern Lw-FeldBtl.
(April 1943 the I. Kauk.Lw-F.Btl. was incorporated into the Sonderverband Bergmann.)
Interesting image of his collartab, anyone with a loose Kindjal insignia like that in their collection? Would be interesting to studie such a rare item.
07-31-2016 05:54 AM
Bergmann "Kindzhal" dagger unit insignia!
from the web: (Wikipedia)
The Special Group Bergmann or the Bergmann Battalion (German: Sonderverband Bergmann, meaning "highlander") was a military unit of the German Abwehr
composed of five German-officered companies of the Caucasian volunteers.
By March 1942, there were five companies of some 300 Germans and 900 Caucasians:
5.Staff company, composed of 130 Georgian émigrés
In August 1942, Bergmann went to the Eastern Front, where it saw its first action in the North Caucasus campaign in August 1942. The unit engaged in anti-partisan actions in the Mozdok-Nalchik-Mineralnye Vody area and conducted reconnaissance and subversion in the Grozny area. At the end of 1942, Bergmann conducted a successful sortie through the Soviet lines, bringing with them some 300 Red Army defectors, and covered the German retreat from the Caucasus. Bergmann went through a series of hard-fought engagements with the Soviet partisans and regular forces in the Crimea in February 1943 and was dissolved – like other Ostlegionen units – at the end of 1943. The significantly shrunken ex-Bergmann companies were dispatched to conduct police functions in Greece and Poland.
The Bergmann group used as insignia a traditional Caucasian dagger (kindzhal) with curving blade, worn on the left side of the cap. Made of yellow metal, it was 7 cm long
When you're wounded and left of Afghanistan's plains,
An' the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle an' blow out your brains,
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." - Rudyard Kipling