Filmberichter der Waffen-SS im Einsatz

Kriegsberichter of the Leibstandarte SS
Photographing in the midst of battle
SS-Kriegsberichter in Ukraine
The Waffen-SS Kriegsberichters role was to; Report on the war through text, photographs, drawings, radio and films. They were soldiers first and war correspondents second and were never to far away from the combat zone during the war. They were expected to take part in assaults, offensive operations and fight next to their comrades as their positions were being overrun by the enemy rather than taking photographs. They gained respect very quickly as most Waffen-SS war correspondents demonstrated remarkable courage in the face of battle. The SS war reporters covered the actions of all the Waffen-SS formations in the field. They were able to operate independently of each other equipped with still and movie cameras to enable to visually document the actions of Waffen-SS men in combat. It is estimated that during the whole war the SS-Kriegsberichters produced over 80.000 written reports and more than a million photographs. Top image: according to some accounts, an SS-Kriegberichter of the Leibstandarte SS filming a swearing-in ceremony of new recruits to the division. However, other sources claims that the photograph was taken during the Normandy invasion in France in 1944. The photographer has never been identified. Credit: OTL Marwan. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Middle image: Soviet prisoners captured by men of the Waffen-SS being treated on the battlefield by an SS-Scharführer during the German Operation Zitadelle. The photo is taken by the Totenkopf war correspondent SS-Kriegsberichter Hermann Grönert who served with SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich at Kursk in July 1943. He held the Infantry Assault Badge and the Wound Badge in Silver and was awarded the Iron Cross First Class the following year. U.S. National Archives Records Administration. Credit: Bekors. Fair use. Bottom image: an unidentified SS-Kriegsberichter in action with camera being covered by an SS-Rottenführer armed with Schmeisser or Bergman MP. Date and location unclear. FU.

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