|Propagandakompanie (Ostfront 41-45)|
ϟϟ-Standarte „Kurt Eggers“
SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers was a Waffen-SS War Correspondent (Kriegsberichters) formation taking many famous photographs of all Waffen-SS divisions in the field. The reporter's was equipped with still and movie cameras and operated in the same areas as the front line troops, armies and army groups. Usually they were proffessional photographers by trade before they joined the Waffen-SS. One of the most common cameras that were used was the Leica, as it was one of the best cameras of its time. They were all fully trained Waffen-SS combat soldiers. The honor title Kurt Eggers refers to the former editor of the SS magazine Das Schwarze Korps who was killed on August 13 1943 while reporting on SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking's battles near Kharkov. As this image indicates PK photographers were very much part of the front line troops. Note unusual double Leica camera and the Walther P38 semi-automatic pistol stuffed into the boot. The gaiters at right suggest a Red Army prisoner. Image by Propagandakompanie photographer Hanns Hubmann for Signal Magazine. Commons: Bundesarchiv.