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Various studio photos from Wandsbek that were given to me over the past few years

A soldier from Infanterie-Regiment 69 in Wandsbek. An early pre-war photo as can be seen with the cap and other insignia. Identity has unfortunately not been disclosed.

A second photo well midwar, depicting the wearer in a tunic which has been made up of a lightweight canvas type material and with a rather individual pattern and with a darkgreen cloth collar. In the buttonhole is the ribbon of the Rumanian decoration for the "Crusade against Bolschewism" with a gilt bar, here not legible. Various other miniature ribbons on a bar. He has the rank of Obergefreiter and is wearing a small plaited lanyard to the right, possibly for a whistle. Waffenfarbe is not discernable, but is certainly not white, of interest are the sliders with the unit number to the shoulders, barely legible. Obviously a photo taken whilst on home leave. Again, no identity to subject portrayed.

A family photo taken in the studio, presumably pre-war, the soldier in walking-out dress from Infanterie-Regiment 6, which was based in Lübeck. He is also wearing a marksmanship lanyard.

A studio taken wedding photo, certainly pre-war. The bridegroom is an Unteroffizier of an unidentified unit, he is wearing a ribbon bar of the long service medal for 4 years and the sports badge in bronze.

Studio photo of a young man in a very presentable RAD uniform with presumably his fiancée. She has been named as Margot K. from the "Gärtnerei", Holzmühlenstraße.

A pre-war studio photo of a soldier from 13. Kompanie, Infanterie-Regiment 69 in Wandsbek ( 13./69 ) dating from 29. September 1937. The soldier depicted, is, according to record, Herr L. of Ahrensburger Straße 89 in Wandsbek. The typical details of early uniform are clear in the picture.

Two photos from the Great War period, these are later post war studio based reproductions.  To the left is an engaged couple. The soldier is a Gefreiter wearing the fieldgrey uniform of a Guards unit and an artillery sabre, so presumably one of the Garde-Feldartillerie-Regiments, which were based around Berlin or Potsdam, the photo having been taken on leave.
A further photo of an officer in a standard M.1910 fieldgrey infantry uniform.

A photo of a soldier with his bride or his sister?  Taken about 1916. He is a Gefreiter, the collar button is barely visable on one side and is wearing the M.1910 fieldgrey tunic with infantry shoulder straps of the 1915 pattern. Possibly from Infanterie-Regiment 76 or one of the regiments of the IX. Armee-Korps. He is also wearing the EK II and the Hamburger Hanseatenkreuz in his buttonhole, these awards had been very recently received at the time.








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Two more photos from the photo studio:

Studio copy of a snap taken of Adolf Galland and Major Hitgen, Hitgen is second on the left. Signed Adolf Galland and with dedication: Major a.D. Gerd Hitgen in alter Verbundenheit

Studio photo of an unknown Leutnant of the Kriegsmarine. Illegible inscription "...gest., 1940" (gestorben, possibly a Narvik casualty)




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Photo received from the old studio today. Depicted is a policeman with 2 boys, one wearing a sidecap. The picture is marked on the reverse:
August 1943, Schwabenried, Gau Bayreuth, Oberfranken. Not supposed to disclose the name of those depicted. Pictures were never collected.


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Another photo of Major Hitgen from the Photo Studio, was given to me today. And another picture of Hitgen with H.-D. Frank, found in internet.



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Studio photos, Atelier Mercedes Riedel, Wandsbek



Early Bundeswehr photo, 1950s or 1960s - "Minensuchgeschwader"


Early Bundeswehr photo, 1950s or 1960s. "Leutnant", possibly artillery (colour backing of collar patches)


A group of stokers of the Imperial Navy, serving 1911 - 1914. Cap bands with ships name not clearly ledgible - "SMS Hohenzollern" (?)
* Hohenzollern was the Kaiser's Yacht (of which there were 3 successive buildings, 3rd started in 1914, never finished, broken up in 1923)

*S.M.S. Hohenzollern, built 1886-1888, broken up in Danzig, 1912. Painting by Willi Stöwer


A recruit wearing parade tunic of Nachrichten-Abteilung 50, Wandsbek, pre-war photo

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Studio photos, Atelier Mercedes Riedel, Wandsbek

A Leutnant of Infanterie-Regiment 16 (Oldenburg), pre-war studio photo


A Hauptgefreiter of Marineflugabwehrabteilung with his wife, pre-war studio photo


Leutnant Meyer (?) as an infantry officer wearing the officer's  Litewka. He also has the EK and Hanseatenkreuz. This same officer served later in Infanterie-Regiment 69 (Wehrmacht) together with Oberfeldwebel Hermann Riedel in Wandsbek. Studio photo. The Litewka was a decorative alternative to the Waffenrock, but not officially prescribed, worn only for informal occasions, also known as "der kleine Rock".


Staff officers, 1916 or 1917 in a headquarters in France or Belgium. Private photo Hermann Riedel, Wandsbek


The Kaiser on a visit to the headquarters, or possibly in Spa. Private photo, Hermann Riedel, Wandsbek


France or Belgium. Soldiers have made a decorative makeshift garden honouring the Kaiser and Hindenburg, possibly on Hindenburg's birthday. Private photo, Hermann Riedel, Wandsbek

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Photos from other sources, purchased a few years back



Parade, Fahnenkompanie, Stettin, 1936 (?) Reverse has a pencilled inscription. Regimental flags are of the former II. Armee-Korps, including Pommersches Grenadier-Regiment 2 and Füsilier-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Schweden 34



A one year volunteer of a foot battery of the Prussian Artillery, IX. Armee-Korps, 1860-1870, Photo Atelier Gustav Hanberg, Rendsburg


A cabinett photo of a one year volunteer dragoon, said to be of Henning v. Puttkamer, born 1854, thought to be Dragoner-Regt.2 in Schwedt, however uniform is not of D.R.2, as they had black facings. Photographie Schreiber & Ochs, Frankfurt a/O.


A photo postcard of Immo Gayl, born 1888, (Unteroffizier) of the Leib-Kompagnie, 1. Garde Regiment zu Fuss, photo dated 1906,  taken presumably in the gardens of Sans Souci, Potsdam.

N.B.: Genealogy net info: Egon Immo v. Gayl - married to Editha Else Eugenie Ottony von Puttkamer, born 7 May 1899 - Barnow, Deceased (Parents : MHenning Georg Gottlieb Oskar von Puttkamer, Dr. jur. 1854-1928 &  FOttony Charlotte Emilie Franziska von Puttkamer 1867-)


* Grave at Waldfriedhof, Timmendorfer Strand

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Photo Atelier Mercedes Riedel, Wandsbek, photos




Rare very large format photo of a Flieger wearing a 1915 fieldgrey dress tunic with coloured facings. Shoulder straps are light grey (dove grey), red-piped black facings, silver buttons, white Gardelitzen. Identical to the peacetime tunic.


A copy of a rare photo of Flugplatz Wandsbek with an early Taube type single seater monoplane. Wandsbek was used as a small Flugplatz pre WW1, but closed before WW2. With the photo is a photo of a dragoon, from the same source / customer.

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Two photos taken in June 1933 at Hamburg-Fühlsbüttel (Airport) by Georg Lehle, who served in a Feldfliegerabteilung during WW1, these were given to me many years ago by his widow, Irmgard Lingnau from Eilbek.



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The 2. Kompanie, taken in M.....s (?) May 1942 (aber ohne mich, the photographer has noted)


Private photo, no inscription, 2., 3. and 5.Komp./ K.19, Kraftfahrkolonne 19 or Kradschützenabteilung 19 (?) Presumably in Russia, 1942 ?


Undated photo of a Landser of the occupation force, Studio in Studio L. Labière, La Baule, Bretagne


Studio photo Wilh.Behne, Verden/Aller, 6.K. / Infanterie-Regiment 90, Wentorf


Photo dated Lissa, 11.2.1942 by a recruit, signed Heinz, sent to his Aunt


Studio photo, Artillerie-Regt.3, Frankfurt/O., by Atelier Frenzel, Berlin, Leipziger Straße


Presumably Artillerie-Regiment 3, dated Berlin-Köpenick, 1.5.1940




Two photos dated 21.1.1940. Presumably from a horse drawn Artillery Regiment

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Some early popular photo postcards of the series "Unsere Wehrmacht" all from the same source and mostly with pin marks, purchased well over 40 years ago.



Unsere Luftwaffe - Eine Staffel Sturzkampfflugzeuge Ju 87 beim Luftexerzieren. Spezialverlag Horn, Gotha, Nr. Sch.88



Pioniere beim Sturmangriff. Verlag "Die Wehrmacht", Berlin


Flak im Kampf. Stöckel, Hannover


Unsere Wehrmacht - Flak-Artillerie in Feuerstellung


Unsere Wehrmacht - Feldartillerie in Feuerstellung (Feldkanone FK 18)


Feldartillerie in Abwehr enies Panzerkampfwagens. Verlag "Die Wehrmacht", photo by Stöckel, Hannover

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