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Photo of an armed padre!

Discussion in 'Information Requests' started by airborne medic, Nov 29, 2006.

  1. airborne medic

    airborne medic Member

    Aug 6, 2003
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    Recently read a book called After Daybreak about the liberation of Belsen and the medical efforts afterwards. One of the photos inside the book from the IWM shows the Jewish Chaplain of 8 Corps Leslie Hardman standing over one of the mass graves at Belsen on 21st April 1945 reading the kaddish. He is wearing a sidearm. Was it usual practice for Jewish padred in the RAChD to wear sidearms? Or was it a special dispensation becasue of the dangers inside Belsen?
    Any thoughts anyone? I've never heard of a Christian Padre carrying a sidearm.
  2. karlo

    karlo Member

    Dec 27, 2006
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    hi... i cannot say about british army regulations but german army regulations forbade the carrying of weapons or sidearms by their army clergy tho i do have a photo showing a german chaplain with pistol and holster which was no doubt carried for self-protection.

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