Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by A-58, Jan 28, 2018.
Have at it boys!
Is that man bleck!? nice close up of the JU52...
No, he's Nipponese.
Legit...But I have never seen them properly explained. Most likely Japanese observers with the Wehrmacht.
Another photo from the same series
What’s with the Germanesque clothing i wonder?
If you're an observer you should blend in with your host troops and not call obvious attention to oneself. This prevents drawing enemy fire and just as importantly friendly fire. At a distance a German unit seeing the Japnese uniforms probably would not identify them correctly as to nationality. They might be likely to engage since they're obviously not one of ours, they must be one of theirs (any opposing force). They wear a Rising Sun patch on their right arm so at close range they are easily recognizeable to friendly troops as observers. Similar/same rank insignia allows for friendly troops to know rank and render appropriate deference. Hell I always hated being around US Air Force personnel because they had so many darn stripes they looked like Sgt. Major God of the Air Force.
Hmm, that explains it.
Is the guy on the left taking a selfie
Or he might just be flicking a bugger and didn't notice the cameraman there.
Interestingly there is a very similar photo of WW1 in Palestine with Australians on the bikes and the side cars armed with a Lewis
Royal Navy WREN dispatch riders
Wonder if the near guy is tired of losing his spare tyre? And that's why he's armed.
Common Wealth troops, probably North Africa, on German motors. Most likely captured at a depot when over run or a surrender. One with an MP-40.