Just a Quick question about SS musikkorps, did band members continue to where the black uniform after 42? Any feedback on this would be greatly appreciated!
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The instances of the black uniform in wear tend to be the guard for the colors and such in official functions. I imagine that the bulk of such other persons were mobilized in the Wehrmacht and or Waffen SS. In any case, do read this thread. The knowledge here is no where else and so easily had.
Most interesting thread, great reading. I must admit i am fighting very hard the growing temptation to start to collect the black WSS and SD uniforms.
Some very interesting posts in this thread. I've searched and researched here and some of the other Military fora in my quest to find Allgemeine-SS or LSSAH troops Sporting the black uniform en mass i.e ceremonies, parades or rallies post 1940.
I agree some units did in fact continue to wear the black uniform for certain situations and roles, the swearing in of the Volksturm in Danzig is a huge number of people wearing the black uniform but it's not the SS.
just to summarise:
Would I be wrong in saying the last time the Allgemeine-SS or the LSSAH wore the black uniform was 1940 and not at all in large numbers post 1942?
Thanks for the feedback about the SS musikkorps. I should have been a bit more specific With my question. did the LSSAH musikkorps continue to wear the black uniform in the war years.
My friend Willie Brech , a U boat seaman said SS on leave would not wear black as it was a camp guard,, not a fighting man in grey green of Waffen SS
I do not think that even the SSLAH musikkorps would have continued to wear the black uniform in the war years because as soon as hostilities started, the role of the LAH changed, and most of their prewar black helmets,for example, were withdrawn and repainted in feldgrau or green and similarly, the everyday uniform, even for bandsmen would have changed. Apparently,even the "swallows nest" normally worn on the shoulder when they fulfilled their duties as musicians were discontinued for LAH after the start of the war.
Although these individuals were not "combatants", I believe that many did volunteer to transfer into either the existing infantry companies, or the newer, PAK, Stug or Artillerie companies in order to take a more active role in proceedings.