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by B Hellqvist
Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Foreign Volunteers, Collaboration and Axis Allies
Topic: Hungarian mystery uniforms
Replies: 0
Views: 1142

Hungarian mystery uniforms

I have just obtained this photo with some Hungarians and Germans. The Germans are wearing the three-buckle laced boots, which indicates that they probably aren't serving in a frontline unit. The Hungarian sergeant in the center has a curious blend of uniform insigina: Hungarian collar patches, Germa...
by B Hellqvist
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: Photographs
Topic: New blog with German photos
Replies: 0
Views: 1040

New blog with German photos

I've started a blog, World War 2 in Photos, where I post original photos taken by German soldiers before and during WW2. Welcome and have a look!
by B Hellqvist
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:16 pm
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Searching For a German Movie
Replies: 2
Views: 2178

Re: Searching For a German Movie

Could it be Apt Pupil?
by B Hellqvist
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Thomas Kretschmann in Stalingrad. Again.
Replies: 1
Views: 2485

Re: Thomas Kretschmann in Stalingrad. Again.

The third best Stalingrad movie since 1993! OK, there's only been three... Absolutely dreadful. Poor script, unengaging characters, slow motion in every effing battle scene (Peckinpah, come back!), forgettable score... Only bright points were the sets and uniforms. 3/10. Some silly stuff (slight spo...
by B Hellqvist
Mon Aug 12, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Rudi Salvermoser TV Star
Replies: 20
Views: 9594

Re: Rudi Salvermoser TV Star

Nice to hear him tell his story. We are fortunate to have veterans who can tell us how it was.
by B Hellqvist
Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:15 pm
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: White Tiger, the film
Replies: 2
Views: 2848

Re: White Tiger, the film

It was to have one of the best Tiger replicas built, but production problems and time constraints forced them to use some fantasy tank instead. Here's a trailer.
by B Hellqvist
Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:49 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Sven Hassel is dead
Replies: 6
Views: 3904

Re: Sven Hassel is dead

If you remember reading Hassel as a schoolboy, then you must read "Achtung Schweinehund!: A Boy's Own Story of Imaginary Combat" by Harry Pearson. The author's autobiographical account of growing up in Britain during the 70s and early 80s is a hoot. He writes at length about the influences on his e...
by B Hellqvist
Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Black Cross/ Red Star
Replies: 4
Views: 1910

Re: Black Cross/ Red Star

Well, the author's website doesn't mention any reprint, nor any details on the fourth volume.
by B Hellqvist
Mon Feb 04, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: Wilhelm Gustloff Anniversary
Replies: 5
Views: 3269

Re: Wilhelm Gustloff Anniversary

And the submarine commander was awarded "Hero of the Soviet Union" for this deed. Makes the word "hero" rather meaningless, doesn't it? It's the "of the Soviet Union" that puts it in perspective... While the sub captain couldn't know that there were that many civilians on board, there were enough l...
by B Hellqvist
Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:31 pm
Forum: Veterans and vet info
Topic: Need help with information about my Grandfather.
Replies: 8
Views: 5428

Re: Need help with information about my Grandfather.

This is what Lexikon der Wehrmacht has to say about the unit: Veterinär-Ersatz-Abteilung 2 Veterinär-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Abteilung 2 Die Abteilung wurde am 3. März 1941 in Deutsch-Krone, im Wehrkreis II, aufgestellt. Die Abteilung unterstand direkt dem Korpsveterinär vom stellvertretenden Genera...
by B Hellqvist
Sat Jan 26, 2013 7:40 pm
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: The Battle for Konigsberg
Replies: 6
Views: 4574

Re: The Battle for Konigsberg

Yes, those are known facts. Still, no German combat units were allowed to rest and refit on Swedish territory. Your cousin's memory must be faulty on this issue.
by B Hellqvist
Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Heer
Topic: Volksgrenadier Divisions ?
Replies: 4
Views: 3176

Re: Volksgrenadier Divisions ?

Victory Was Beyond Their Grasp by forum member Doug Nash has received favourable reviews.
by B Hellqvist
Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:37 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Sven Hassel is dead
Replies: 6
Views: 3904

Re: Sven Hassel is dead

From comments I've read elsewhere, Hassel's books were often taken as true when the reader was in his teens. Some have grown up since then, others still regard them as basically true, while some file them under "guilty pleasure". From comments I've seen over the years, it is my impression that those...
by B Hellqvist
Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:35 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: The Battle for Konigsberg
Replies: 6
Views: 4574

Re: The Battle for Konigsberg

I believe the outfit was pulled out to Sweden for rest/refit and re-inserted by boat/prahm landings. Er... Sweden was neutral, and no German soldiers had been allowed to enter Swedish territory since August 1943. Only one division was allowed to relocate via Sweden (163 ID), and that was prior to O...
by B Hellqvist
Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:30 am
Forum: Books and Reviews
Topic: Sven Hassel is dead
Replies: 6
Views: 3904

Sven Hassel is dead

Sven Hassel has popped the clogs, aged 95. The myth will live on - next year, it is 60 years since the purportedly autobiographical "Legion of the Damned" was published. Article in Danish.