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Three Friends at Easter 1942

Updated: Mar 14, 2021

The photograph here shows a member of the NSKK and Heer alongside a civilian in Osten (Easter) 1942. The photograph here shows the three standing by some detailed iron railings as they pose for the photograph, a reminder of their good times together. It is thought that these free are either friends or family but there is nothing attached that can say for sure. The man seen in the centre is a member of the Nationalsozialistisches Kraftfahrkorps (NSKK). This is a paramilitary service of the NSDAP that worked alongside as a part of the Sturmabteilung (SA), founded in May 1931. The NSKK, is the rank of Mann which is the lowest and first rank. Seen with two blank tabs and a black side cap on. We can easily tell he is NSKK by the small eagle seen on the side of the side cap. The NSKK were a paramilitary organisation that worked with and in support of automobiles. No knowledge of vehicles was required, as the NSKK taught the maintenance and knowledge of automobiles and motorcycles as a trade. This can then be used as a skill, then being transferred to help as part of the Wehrmacht. He is seen wearing a smart tunic and belt, like his friend in the Heer and many other people at the time, a common pose was to hold the belt. Seen on the right is a Heer Soldat, seen smarty wearing an M36 tunic and side cap, it is seen that he has some slip on his shoulder boards, likely attached or a meaning of a unit or trade. Unfortunately it can’t be made out for certain.The heer soldat is also seen wearing a Hitler Youth Proficiency Badge, this was awarded for showing a good physical ability and was awarded in three classes (Bronze, Sliver and Gold) Although the award was awarded to members of the Hitler Youth, Young members of the Wehrmacht were still allowed to wear them. As seen here worn in the centre of the Pocket of his smart M36 tunic. The man to the left is seen in smart civilian great coat with a shirt and tie underneath, a classic and sharp 1940s look. Photographs like this serve as a reminder to people of the time of their happier times spent in good company. Much like modern day photographs. The in the time of war however would serve as a reminisce of their time together and what laughs they may have had that may bring joy and laughter to them in a time when it would be needed either after some hard training at barracks or in the field of combat


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