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Hermann Goering Grenadier Portrait 1942 in Waffen SS Camo


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Two more,1942,  given that it is not a desert or semi desert environment (Tunisia-Sicily), but a Green Wooded Background, perhaps photo taken then  either at the HG's Recruit Training Base in Holland or at the HG's Home Garrison in Berlin

 

 

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It looks like their rolled up shelter halves are in Wehrmacht camo.  

 

 

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10 hours ago, SARGE said:

It looks like their rolled up shelter halves are in Wehrmacht camo.  

 

 

Interesting point, never thought about their Zeltbahns, we gather they would of been the standard Splinter Pattern and not SS types, the standard ones being issued to them since the beginning of the unit right.

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Dune Panther

Why was the HG Panzer Division kitted out in SS camo in the first place? BTW, these images are amazing! I have never seen anything like them.

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Mr.Jerry

I think Hermann knew it was better-  I think the HQ also used the SS method of 5 tanks to a squad vs. 4

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16 hours ago, Dune Panther said:

Why was the HG Panzer Division kitted out in SS camo in the first place? BTW, these images are amazing! I have never seen anything like them.

It was decided to give most of the Brigade, it was still a Brigade in 1942, camouflage smocks and helmet covers, so the only ones in existence at that time was Waffen SS ones, the paratroopers had their camouflage jump smocks, but here we guess they just decided to go with the SS pattern. By the late summer of 1943 they were withdrawn, and the splinter Heer type Luftwaffe type start to be issued, but bits and pieces of the SS stuff still could be seen well into 1944, and even when the division was transferred to the Russian Front.

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Thank you all for the information about the HG SS camo details. At least the rivalry between Göring and Himmler did not extend so far as to prevent Göring's own troops from being supplied that way, in arguably the most effective camo then available that the German side possessed (regardless of service). Also an interesting point made about the TO&E of tanks, a subject worthy of further research.     

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Here's a couple of SS Covers still being worn in the HG, here in Poland October 44.

 

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