Many thanks for adding this! It translates as:
Field command post, 27th June 1944
1. For the duration of the war, I order the guard units of the concentration camps to uniformly wear the double-armed Swastika as a patch insigne instead of the "Death's Head".
2. Members of the SS wear the "Sig" runes on the left breast of their uniform tunic.
per carbon copy for the information of:
1. all main offices
2. command staff of the Reichsführer-SS
3. Oberstleutnant Suchanek
4. SS-Ostubaf. [...]"
Note that - unlike the letter of 3rd Aug. 1944 - this order refers to the guard units, whereas the camp staffs are not expressly mentioned. Perhaps this was amended/clarified at some point between these two documents.
10-18-2014 05:29 PM
For these letters and their translations, thank you all. Very interesting.
I always find it amusing to note that even as of late June 1944, there was such fussing and farting around with trivialities as to which piece of cloth to wear on what part of the uniform when really, there were some rather more pressing matters to be attended to.
Death before disorder...!
This love of precisely labeling everything and everybody is quite typical of Third Reich bureaucracy in general and Himmler's mindset in particular.