|Propagandakompanie (Ostfront 41-45)|
SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers was a Waffen-SS War Correspondent formation taking many famous photographs of all Waffen-SS divisions in the field. Many of Kurt Eggers photographers, movie cameramen, writers, broadcaster and recorders were multilingual foreign volunteers often accompanying advance units instead of relying on the typical posed battle shots and the relative safety of the rear units. The reporters generally served with several different Waffen-SS formations during the war. Non-Germans most often served with their own national SS formations, but were sometimes detached to cover a particular campaign and report specifically for their own domestic press. 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. Left image: as this photo 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. Photo by Propagandakompanie photographer Hanns Hubmann for Signal Magazine. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Right image: the Totenkopf war correspondent SS-Kriegsberichter Weigand during Unternehmen Zitadelle on the Kursk salient. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.