04-29-2014 04:27 AM
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.
Collect ROA, Cossack, Schuma and other WW2 Volunteer militaria.
"Be Humble and kind, for you may find that it was Odin you entertained"
"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.
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.
I know the picture is poor in detail. I did my best to sharpen it.
Looks like an early one . This TK is vertical .
Here for orientation are Delich Schatzkammer examples.
Many thanks FB, and also to Mr. Delich for the release of the pics of these fine items from his important collection.