Tuesday, March 08, 2005

It's international woman's day today so let's celebrate with some Fighting Frauleins

These two women, dressed in the uniforms of self-propelled gun crews, are not drafted into the German army but simply girlfriends or relatives of German soldiers who put on their uniforms for a photograph.
This was an often seen practice which offered some comical relief for German soldiers on leave.

The keen eye will notice that the uniform on the left is made from the more coarse material used in the later part of WWII (the wool was re-processed), the two women are also wearing the einheitsfeldmütze (field cap) introduced in 1943. This combined with the fresh leaves in the background could suggest the photo was taken in the summer of 1944.

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