Monday, December 02, 2013

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Why not diggeth the caricatures and funny drawings by John Holcroft

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Panzer: Pzkpfw III, ausf E
Most likely taken in the early part of 1941 at an armoured detachment's barracks during an inspection of the troops, since the Panzer Gefreiter in the photo wears his regulation black tie with grey-green, grey, or brown shirt.
In the buttonhole of his panzer wrapper we find the ribbon of the Kriegsverdienstkreuz, II klasse  , awarded for actions that did not merit an Iron Cross. Usually this was because the recipient had not carried out an act of personal bravery in the face of the enemy, but had performed beyond the requirements of his duty. Of special interest is the decoration on his chest, the SA Sportsabzeichen/ Wehrabzeichen. Originally awarded by the Nazi party to members of the SA who had gone through a series of demanding physical tests. It was later awarded to, and permitted to be worn by,  personnel of the Wehrmacht who had successfully completed the same tests. With this in mind, we could very well be looking at the unit's drill sergeant, responsible for the physical education of new recruits.
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