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Here is a nice colour photo. Göring, Keitel and Dönitz. Photo stated as taken on 20. April 1944, possibly on an airfield, during a weapon presentation on Hitler's 55th birthday.

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A contrast to the photo above. Dust and Russian roads in Summer, probably Ukraine in Summer 1942

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Here's another interesting picture I found - "Berchtesgadener Jäger"
Most likely a hand-coloured black-and-white photo from some publication

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Waffen-SS photo

Normandy, 1944.  No further details given by photo source"Geschichte Online". This is of course a black and white photo, which has been later handcoloured using special water colours for that purpose. However, an iconic and rare photo. Waffen-SS soldiers who were captured, could expect the worst, especially at the hands of Canadians and Americans. This particular prisoner is of the Leibstandarte, although he does not look strikingly tall. Candidates for the SS had to be at least 1.70 m tall, for the Leibstandarte over 1.80 m. As from around 1943 the Waffen-SS dropped it's 1.70 m barrier, as manpower was getting short. The Leibstandarte retained it's 1.80 m minimum height till the end of the war. In the old days 1.70 was the minimum height for acceptance with the "Garde", which is why it was known as Gardemindestmaß - Guards minium measurement or stature.

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Here is another photo I couldn't resist adding, not colour, but unusual - a family photo most likely.

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No caption found for this photo, possibly taken in Paris, presumably after 1942

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Heldengedenktag, Kassel, 1935

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20. April 1939  - Birthday parade

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Heldengedenktag. SS parade on Reichs Veterans Day in Kassel, 4. June 1939

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Josef Goebels (?)Nationalgalerie, Berlin

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Another black and white photo, partly handcoloured. Undated photo from the Wolfsschanze, probly Winter 1944. The officers don't seem to have any outstanding decorations.

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Foto at the time of the Battle of Britain, Summer 1940

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Arys (Orzysz) in East Prussia, 20 April 1944: Adolf Hitler and his entourage watching the parade of the first twenty Jagdpanzer 38

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General Oberst Heinz Guderian of the Panzerwaffe 1888-1954 

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Heinrich Hoffmann portrayed many of the holders of the Knights Cross in colour, an interesting series, here,
Joachim Peiper, 1915 - 1976  of the Leibstandarte.   Several pictures were made of each person, and widely published.

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N.B.: The black shirt was not official, but Italian captured stocks, which were found
to be very practical for front conditions.

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Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz, 1893 - 1968

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More portraits, most by Heinr. Hoffmann - all of soldiers of the Waffen-SS and all Ritterkreuzträger except Himmler.
A few of the more familiar ones recognised.
Top row, third from Left, Jochen Peiper, last Sepp Dietrich in sheepskins
Second row, middle, Leon Degrelle, last looks like Herbert Gille (1)
Bottom, 2x Otto Skorzeny, Heinrich Himmler, second from last, Herbert Gille (2)

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December 1941, war is declared on USA

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