Last edited by DrCMH; 01-29-2016 at 05:17 AM.
Very nice thank you. I do not think that Jenkins would know about the Ernst Heinrich man's fate after the war...
Heinrich could well have left Saxony for the west, but would he have taken his cap with him?
It does not matter, The cap is real. If the cap was found in the ex DDR, that is also interesting, as such a thing is not impossible.
Jenkins went to all the German shows and has contacts with a demimonde into which you and I cannot venture.
You would have to look deeper for it, but it would be worth it.
Remarkable that someone connected with the family of the SS doctor wrote to you. The personnel file is hardly the whole story.
There is so much more out there....
I can not express enough how much I appreciate your guidance in my interpretation of these documents.
Last edited by DrCMH; 01-29-2016 at 05:18 AM.
What you see here has a lot to say about some fundamental issues of fate and power, and far more than the black hat with the skull this man wore for awhile on his head when things seemed to be at their peak.
no pun intended. I own a lot of this stuff, as you know, and it enables to think with more clarity about the past and its meaning.
I knew a lot of these people, of course, in various ways, and I learned from them directly.
Last edited by Friedrich-Berthold; 01-29-2016 at 09:34 AM.
Much nicer to have a thread like this than the silly ones about fake caps.
The other piece with Mr. E. H. here is that he might have known many of the answers that plague us with the Uniformkunde game, because he was more of an administrator and Etappenwesen
man, whereby knowledge of supply and uniforms would have been part of his expertise. His enduring head dress and these records hint at what he might have
known, had we asked him questions.....
Friedrich-Berthold has already pointed out and commented on many interesting aspects of these documents. Let me just add a few random thoughts to his observations:
One may not condone his and his comrade's political and philosophical views expressed therein, but it certainly helps to understand them. Also, there is no denying that it is a quite a gripping read.
An excess of applicants vs. vacancies meant that the recruiters could afford to pick the best men; a minimum service term of 12 years ensured that at any given time, there were plenty of experienced men around and the fact that all of its personnel were long-serving volunteers or lifers plus the natural competitiveness resulting from the very limited possibilities for promotion naturally resulted in a highly motivated force.
The rapid build-up of the 100,000-men army to the massive juggernaut that was the Wehrmacht may have been remarkable, but it would not have been possibly without such a well-trained cadre.
He was born into a family of modest financial means, had a rather low level of education, was formed by a youth and early adulthood marked by the events of WW1, the chaotic years of the post-war/Freikorps era and the period of hyper-inflation with all the trauma this brought, had a military background... His story resembles that of countless others.
At first, he did exceedingly well in the movement, with a rather rapid series of promotions and increasing responsibilities and the natural and seamless transitions from part-timer to full-timer in the ASS and then on to the SSVT, and then, suddenly things started to go much slower than they had up until then, with an organization that evolved from a small bodyguard force for a radical political party now transforming into a professional army and requiring a far higher degree of professionalism...
Nearly a decade later, with him now middle-aged and apparently more than a little war-weary, this old ex-NCO's superiors' write about how there are now many younger administrative officers who are much better qualified and of greater mental agility and skills than his. (Many of these young competitors would have progressed from the Hitler Youth and through the Junkerschulen system, no doubt.)
Bravo, Andreas, thank you for organizing my chaotic outburst.
The younger administrative personnel likely had a higher level of education, too, I would imagine.
But NCOs in the Rw had to attain a level of education and training that would shock some of you.
I have a two volume continuing education volume from said epoch, and it is heads and shoulders above some military manuals of the present.
They key with all of this is to spot the general in the specific, a skill that Andreas has with great deftness.
Thanks to you all and, once more, this thread shows the potential of this medium, versus the Kindergarten and or gang land outbursts had recently in a few other threads.
This really is, I believe, my favorite thread found on the forum. Not because it is regarding an item I own, but rather, the kind of knowledge and perspective that is shared amongst people interested in history. Here we find pleasant exchanges by my favorite collectors and historians and I can not thank them enough.