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Waffen-SS Camouflage in period photos

Article about: A thread of period photos of Waffen-SS troops wearing different camouflage patterns during World War Two. Why? Because Camo is Cool and the SS always seemed to get the coolest kit. Secondly

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    There are two Willrich postcards:

    SS-Hauptscharführer Ludwig Kepplinger (31.12.1911 – 6.08.1944)

    SS-Obersturmführer Fritz Vogt (17.03.1918 - 03.04.1945)
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    This is a much-published photo (I recall seeing it when I was a kid in some book 40+ years ago).
    He was identified as an SS sniper.
    Having seen it again, is the photo legit, or is it a US propaganda photo?:
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    Yes, I've seen this photo before and the odd thing is I've never seen any other photo of German use of a camouflage pattern like this, it actually looks like a US Marine overalls as seen in the Pacific. The soldiers are apparently British or Canadian, note the No.4 rifle, possibly a pre-D Day training exercise.

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    Coverall is absolutely an American M1942 Jungle Suit... I have one standing on a torso right in front of my deskas I type. While these were intended for the PTO it is not unthinkable some did end up in the ETO as well.

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    Only one unit the 41 Armoured Infantry from 2nd Armoured Division wore this camo suit in Normandy , it could be that this German liberated one . They wore them initially during the Normandy campaign but many of them dumped them as the only other ones to wear similar camo were the Waffen SS and it caused a lot of blue on blue.
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    Almost all pics I have seen of this camo in Normandy was of the 2-piece suits. I think this could be a staged shot.

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    I agree, note the helmet has no cover. By 1944 use of helmet covers by SS was widespread, especially you would think for a sniper. I think it's a training exercise.

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    Did anyone notice the Enfield? Looks like a sniper stock on it. But no scope.
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