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    Just found another great photo which I had not seen before. I realise they were not yet Waffen SS at this point in time, but I include it here for interest's sake. Foreign volunteer pics are always popular.

    Note the armshield design badge but worn on the hockey jersey. I know Bob H has a very desirable original arm shield in his collection.

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    Titel: Bordeaux, Hockeyspiel Wehrmachtsangehöriger

    Zusatz: Frankreich, Atlantikwall, bei Bordeuax.- Stadion Bordeaux, Hockeyspiel einer indischen gegen eine deutsche Wehrmachtsmannschaft; PK 696


    Cheers, Ade.
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    When was this taken Ade?
    The Race and Resettlement people must have turned somersaults to get these people into the SS. Not exactly nordic supermen.

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    This was one was taken in 1944.

    Even though not "Nordic", they were "Aryan". But by this stage of the war, manpower stortage plus political considerations played a huge part.

    Some info here.

    Indische Legion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Here are a few more pics (mostly well known) but I include them for reference.

    A very nice private photo album sold on E Bay last year with lots of rare photos in it. I would have bid but the price shot up out of reach.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Truly rare photos, thanks for sharing.


    best
    DC

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    Interesting photos..

    ..but it ain't hockey unless there is ice!

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    Interesting. There is less than certainty regarding their SS status. It was certainly true not across the board. Many collectors make many myths.

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    Bringing this old thread back with a couple of other pics of the unit.

    A rare image showing the later SS Tiger collar tab in wear.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    some very nice photos ade thanks for sharing

    tom

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