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by awaygood
Sat Dec 25, 2010 4:33 am
Forum: Uniforms and Awards
Topic: Luftwaffe Oblt shoulderboard cypher ID?
Replies: 1
Views: 2575

Re: Luftwaffe Oblt shoulderboard cypher ID?

I don't think that it is a shoulder-strap cypher. I think that it is either an artifact on the negative or damage to the print. I do have to say, though, that the shoulder strap seems rather wider than the usual officer's shoulder strap.
by awaygood
Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Soldatenheim
Topic: Comment on "Countryfile" on BBC1 tonight in the UK
Replies: 13
Views: 1963

Re: Comment on "Countryfile" on BBC1 tonight in the UK

Another error by Countryfile -a Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander is described as being a 'corporal'!!!! Countryfile might be good at cows, but not good at military history!!!
by awaygood
Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Uniforms and Awards
Topic: Waffen-SS Kragenspiegel/Colla Tabs
Replies: 8
Views: 6301

Re: Waffen-SS Kragenspiegel/Colla Tabs

The collar patch shows a pair of SS runes together with a lightning flash, indicating membership of the SS-Nachrichtensturnmbann . The pointed shoulder strap is the second pattern worn by other ranks (enlisted men) in the SS-Verfugungstruppe (SS-VT) between 1933 and 1939. The single pip worn on the ...
by awaygood
Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: Uniforms and Awards
Topic: Need help with this uniform.
Replies: 3
Views: 3320

Re: Need help with this uniform.

This is quite an interesting photograph, actually, as a lot of information can be determined from the insignia. Starting with the man's cap, the first pattern (National-Socialist style) eagle is shown in combination with the second pattern death's head ('totenkopf') badge. This dates the cap around ...
by awaygood
Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: Heydrich's Storch
Replies: 2
Views: 1565

Heydrich's Storch

I raised this query a very long time ago, but never really got a satisfactory answer. Perhaps new members can throw some light on it? In the movie, 'Conspiracy' , Heydrich is seen arriving at the conference, flying a Fiesler Storch which has swastikas on its wings, rather than the usual Luftwaffe (B...
by awaygood
Wed Feb 06, 2008 10:32 pm
Forum: Luftwaffe
Topic: The Kammhuber Line
Replies: 5
Views: 2516

Check out Dr R V Jones's 'Most Secret War' or 'The Wizard War' (US title) for lots of info on this.
by awaygood
Tue Nov 13, 2007 3:47 pm
Forum: General WWII German Military Discussion
Topic: British use of banned weapons against the Germans ?
Replies: 15
Views: 5723

After the Americans entered the war, the Germans were alarmed when they read an intelligence report stating that the Americans were 'storing gas'... it turned out that the Americans were storing 'gasoline'!
by awaygood
Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:46 am
Forum: Uniforms and Awards
Topic: Saving Private Ryan: Waffen-SS Uniform Help
Replies: 25
Views: 20304

The tank crew, surely, were wearing the black panzer jackets--not Allgemeine-SS uniforms? (as per an earlier response)
by awaygood
Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:43 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: Uniform assistance please
Replies: 3
Views: 1920

Try Brian Davis's book, 'Air Force and Navy Uniforms of World War Two' , published by Blandford. It's out of print, but you can probably find a copy on the Internet (eBay?). At the end of the section on naval uniforms, there's a page illustrating the German sailors' collar (together with others). It...
by awaygood
Mon Jul 10, 2006 4:02 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: SD Collar Insignia
Replies: 12
Views: 8248

Regulations weren't always adhered to, and frequently changed --leaving situations where practice lagged behind the regulations. So, of course, one cannot say that the sig runes were absolutely 'never' worn, except by German Waffen-SS units. But, none-the-less, the regulations specified that only Ge...
by awaygood
Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:31 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: SD Collar Insignia
Replies: 12
Views: 8248

Even after the SS-TV became part of the Waffen-SS, they continued to wear their totenkopf collar-patch insignia; I don't think Mollo suggests that the division ever adopted the sig rune collar patch. The Totenkopf division aside, during wartime, only German Waffen-SS units were allowed to wear the s...
by awaygood
Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:34 am
Forum: Kriegsmarine
Topic: German Navy's Aircraft Carrier
Replies: 206
Views: 66597

'Puny' Swordfish? It may have been an old biplane, but it sank more enemy shipping than any other aircraft during WW2!
by awaygood
Wed Jun 14, 2006 1:58 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: Question about SD membership
Replies: 9
Views: 1899

When the SS absorbed all the police organisations, it was very likely that non-SS members ended up wearing SS/SD uniforms. Members of the SD who were not SS members were not eligible, according to uniform regulations, to wear the SD cuff patch, but would, from January 1942, have certainly worn an SS...
by awaygood
Mon Jun 12, 2006 12:55 am
Forum: SS/Waffen-SS
Topic: SD Collar Insignia
Replies: 12
Views: 8248

Further to my earlier response, I should have mentioned that the police-style shoulder-strap rank system was introduced from January 1942; before that, Allgemeine-SS or, for a while, post the outbreak of the war, Army-style system was used. The photo of Heydrich shows him wearing the Allgemeine-SS s...
by awaygood
Sun Jun 11, 2006 3:44 am
Forum: Uniforms and Awards
Topic: SD white cufftitle, etc?
Replies: 4
Views: 1778

The metallic cuff-title referred to in the original question was not worn by Ehrenfuhrer (Honourary Leaders), which were ivory-coloured and bore the title 'Ehrenfuhrer' or other combination, e.g. 'Ehrenfuhrer Sud', in silver thread. The metallic silver cuff-titles are well-covered in Mollo's and Ang...