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German uniform question...

Discussion in 'Uniforms, Personal Gear (Kit) and Accessories' started by Schwartzvogel, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. Schwartzvogel

    Schwartzvogel Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I have a question, which I`ve been unable to find an answer for....


    Can anyone tell me why Nazi officiers like Himmler, seem to have worn, on what the face of it, looks like a Lance Corporal stripe on their uniforms?:confused:

    SV
     
  2. Schwartzvogel

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    Heres what I mean....
     

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  3. Owen

    Owen O

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    I asked this ages ago too regards the officer inBBC Secret Army.
    I still don't know so I'd be interested in an answer too , please.
     
  4. Tomcat

    Tomcat The One From Down Under

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    I don't know either.

    Although I had a thought. What if it isn;t anything strickly military, but more of a personal reason as to why he was it there. That would explain why no one knows, unless you have read a book by him mention that or know someone who knew him well enouhg (most were probably killed during the war crime tribunials) we probably wont ever know.

    Unless someone knows this is my answer:)
     
  5. Schwartzvogel

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    curious, its not only Himmler either, others wore it to... I thought maby it was something to do with V for victory?
     
  6. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    I think it has something to do with early party membership. I'll have to wait to see if I can find it my books.
     
  7. JCFalkenbergIII

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    "Ehrenwinkel", or "old-fighter's honor chevron". Early Nazi party comrades were later referred to as "Alte Kaempfer ". The 'old fighters' (Alter Kaempfer) were entitled to wear a chevron on the upper right sleeve of their SA/SS uniforms
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Well, I was on the right scent.
     
  9. JCFalkenbergIII

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    Yes you were Jeff :).
     
  10. Schwartzvogel

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    Cool, well thats put that one to bed, many thanks, guys!!!
     
  11. C.Evans

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    J.C. beat me to the punch ;-)) Well done J.C!
     
  12. JCFalkenbergIII

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    Thanks :). It was kind of a no brainer for me LOL. I had read about it quite a few years ago and when I saw the pic I right off what it was.
     
  13. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Aquila non capit muscas

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    Ah, yes, the Alte Kämpfer chevron, worn by party members enrolling before the NSDAP accession to power in 1933, so no turncoats or new converts.

    No Jews either.
     
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  14. JCFalkenbergIII

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    LOL. IIRC some also wore one on the left pocket flap too.
     
  15. PzJgr

    PzJgr Drill Instructor

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    Don't recall seeing that. Interesting.
     
  16. Owen

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    Thanks chaps.
     
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    Sorry I think I may have confused the award on the right pocket flap with the left :( LOL. the
     
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    PzJgr Drill Instructor

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    Ah. The blood order. Originally for those who marched with Hitler during the Putsch. Later, it was given as 'honorary' award to non-putsch members who contributed 'significant' service to the party.
     
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    this whole thing is a joke, curious how the ugly little gift Zwerg could become the leading personality of the famed SS; not even a blonde, blue-eyed Aryan example, more like a small withered prune ready to be blown away by a 10mph breeze ........... ♠

    Stoßseufzer

    my 2 ¢
     
  20. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Even prunes are good for a "movement."
     

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