ϟϟ-Standarte „Germania“

SS-Standarte Germania
Image: Grenadiers of Waffen-SS Standarte Germania in 1940. The soldier on the left carries the legs of a mortar over his shoulder and is armed with the old 9mm P 08 Luger automatic pistol. Although withdrawn from service the Luger remained a popular possession among German (and Allied) troops. During the Polish and French campaigns the tabs were ordered to be removed, however the cuff titles remained. The photographer Friedrich Zschäckel was a holder of the Iron Cross 1st Class, and was promoted SS-Obersturmführer on April 20 1943. This makes him one of the highest-ranking Waffen-SS combat photographers, as well as one of the most well-traveled. Zschäckel is believed to have died during October 1944. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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