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Article about: Hello everyone! Once more I have another question concerning a photo I have. Is this man a member of the SS-Totenkopfverbände? I tried to find a similar tunic on the web but can't find one.

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    Hello everyone! Once more I have another question concerning a photo I have. Is this man a member of the SS-Totenkopfverbände? I tried to find a similar tunic on the web but can't find one. This one has no epaulette's. What time period would also be a great help. The size of the photo would of been used in an ID book. Thanks!

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    It looks like a m36 tunic. I am no expert on SS, so that part i have to leave to the students of this organitation.

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    "Death's Head" collar patches and Army-style field blouses were worn both by concentration camp- / Totenkopfverbände personnel and members of the Totenkopfdivision.
    If a photo does not show additional distinguishing features (such as a cuff title or distinctive branch color piping), it is impossible to tell whether it is of a member of the former or the latter group.

    (There are more circumstancial indicators, too. For example, an elderly private is most likely a camp guard, whereas an array of combat decorations points towards a T-Division member. This is not 100%, though.)

    The picture was most likely taken during the early- to mid-war years, but could be of a later date as well.

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    "Death's Head" collar patches and Army-style field blouses were worn both by concentration camp- / Totenkopfverbände personnel and members of the Totenkopfdivision.

    If a photo does not show additional distinguishing features (such as a cuff title or distinctive branch color piping), it is impossible to tell whether it is of a member of the former or the latter group.

    The picture was most likely taken during the early- to mid-war years, but be of a later date as well.
    Is it normal for the tunic not to have epaulette's?

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    Quote by yarmouth View Post
    Is it normal for the tunic not to have epaulette's?
    This is sometimes seen in photographs. He is most likely a very fresh recruit.

    Another possibility is that this is an ID picture for a POW or a member of a probationary-/penal unit stripped of rank and badges, although in those cases I would expect the collar patches to have been completely removed as well.
    Last edited by HPL2008; 04-29-2014 at 06:03 PM.

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    I know the picture is poor in detail. I did my best to sharpen it.

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    Looks like an early one . This TK is vertical .

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ID:	682955Here for orientation are Delich Schatzkammer examples.

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    Many thanks FB, and also to Mr. Delich for the release of the pics of these fine items from his important collection.
    Dean.

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