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New photos of Pz Rgt 39

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3 and 4 photo's.

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Thanks Leon, I've seen the first one before but not the others. Not sure about the unit's abbreviation, is this correct?

If it was the recon abtilung it would have been A.Abt. 17 (Aufklarungs). Supply unit was Vers.Abt. Could just be a motor pool - Kraftfahrzug.

Last photo confirms what did poor Russians do on freezing winter nights!

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Last photo most likely the village children or the school group.Contrary to German propaganda the Russians were quite literate in small towns and villages.

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The Photo's were taken by Johann Abal's late Grandfather. The pics are of the Kranken Kraftwagen zug 27

( 17th Pz Div ) c1943.

 

 

Thats all I can tell you at the moment. ;)

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So that means they were a medical unit.

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Here's the last of the photo's, the soldiers playing music ( entertaining themselfs ) ;)

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I wonder if these were medical officers?

 

Looks like 17. Panzer Division fought hard, worked hard and played hard.

 

Was the sheep next days lunch?

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quote: Another interesting point is a couple of the guys wear the early Panzer wrap with the large collars piped in pink waffenfarbe. PzRgt 39 was a late raised panzer unit but some must have been issued with this.
Also note the regulation way of wearing the shirt collar outside the jacket. unquote.

 

This was NOT regulation, it was simply a practical measure to protect the tunic collar from neck-grease and dirt. A lot of (civilians) people wore a jacket and shirt in this (casual) manner post-war, even in the late 1970s, when a tie was not being worn.

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