Women In Panzer Uniform?? Comments Please!

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Women In Panzer Uniform?? Comments Please!

Post by jimd211545s » Sun Oct 10, 2010 7:05 am

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Ok so when I try to research Women in the Wehrmacht or waffen SS I get some quite stong conflicting opinions!

So what is the case with this lady? It doesn't look to me like shes just wearing her partners uniform, the fits to good and the belt and holster look to fit so what unit? and what role?

Cheers Jim.

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Post by mconrad » Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:49 pm

I think the combat award badge on the tunic is proof that she's just borrowing the uniform.

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Post by jimd211545s » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:44 am

is that to say that combat reward badges were never awarded to women?

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Post by cordelius100 » Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:37 am

Note that she has a holster for a gun which is remarkably small and not standard issue Walther. This suggests it is for a woman

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Post by ealdwita » Tue Oct 19, 2010 2:12 am

The tunic fastens on the 'male' side.

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Post by laurence strong » Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:41 pm

One thing that did occur was the use of male uniforms to disguise Helferin while trying to flee or during the prisoner round ups/forced marches at the end of the war in the east.

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Post by jimd211545s » Thu Oct 21, 2010 1:04 am

Who/whatever she is? to me there is a look of defience about her, a real Boudicca look going on. The photo doesnt have that casual air that you usually see in photos of women in male uniforms? just a shame there was no inscription on the reverse! but then thats the fun of photos the questions they raise that keep us researching!

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Post by Mike Higgins » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:10 pm

jimd211545s wrote:is that to say that combat reward badges were never awarded to women?
Only if she has been through three seperate panzer assaults. :D Which is how the PAB was earned.

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Post by John Winner » Fri Nov 11, 2011 4:10 pm

I think I remember something in The Combat History of German Tiger Tank Battalion 503. If I remeber there was mention of a female in one of the tank crews. I will have to look it up. Might take me a while.

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Post by John Winner » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:42 am

Ok, after looking long and hard in the wrong book I picked up my copy of Tigers in Combat by Schneider and on page 45 I found this: 1 May 1944: 29 tanks operational. The battalion is attached directly to the 3. Panzer-Armee.
Oberleutnant Kriepahle is the new commander of the 2./schwere Panzer-Abteilung 501. His "radio operator" is a female Russian! The commander of the 3./schwere PanzerAbteilung 501 is reported missing in action.


I do not know how true this is, or where Schneider got the information. I would hope that he would not print questionable information, especialy something like this, without knowing it was 100% true. I would figure that is one of the first things in the book to be questioned.

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Post by Ljotrulf » Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:43 am

Whilst it is good to let your imagination run riot once in a while, this is almost certainly a "girlfriend" photo.

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