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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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Horst Grund (10. Marinekriegsberichterkompanie), Soldatenfriedhof Gadschikow/Krim; die Grabzeichen wurden gemäß dem Musterkreuz errichtet; Dezember 1941/Januar 1942. (Bundesarchiv Koblenz)

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2 Propaganda-Kompanie 689, Gräber deutscher Gefallener in Frankreich, Mai/Juni 1940. (Bundesarchiv Koblenz)

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Very nice Fritz, I found some as well, adding to the thread. 

Here is a group of dispatch riders taking a break. Good photo showing the coats, gloves and associated gear.

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Another dispatch rider group, on the Eastern Front, they must have had some hard riding by looks of them. 

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Interesting photo showing marksmanship training while wearing the gas mask, note the soldier on the right has the soutache on his cap. 

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Here is a interesting photo, mountain troops, one wearing the gaiters and low boots, the other in the tall leather versions. On the soldier at right you can make out the edelweiss on his cap. 

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Here are soldiers of the 44th Infantry in Russia in 1941. 

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Found this one on the internet as well, very nice image of the HE-111. 

Oberleutnant Walter Grasemann (23 July 1917 - 26 November 2007), Staffelkapitän of 9.Staffel / III.Gruppe / Kampfgeschwader 27 (KG 27) "Boelcke", in front of a Heinkel He 111 with the code 1G+BT after receiving the Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes (Knight's Cross of the Iron Crosses) in 9 October 1943. Grasemann was awarded the decoration for his successes against railway targets and industrial facilities. The Staffel letter "T" and the yellow aircraft letter "B" identify the aircraft in the background as belonging to 9. Staffel. The first two letters of the manufacturer's code in front of the Balkenkreuz were only thinly overpainted, rendering the black characters of the unit code "1G" barely visible. The He 111 is an H-20 with the DL 131 rotating turret in the dorsal position. The aircraft are in the process of being refueled and a fuel truck may be seen on the extreme left of the photograph.
 

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Panzerbefehlswagen (Command Tank) III Ausf H(U) Tauchfahrig (Submersible Motor Vehicle), also known as Tauchpanzer or U-Panzer (Submersible Diving Tank, Underwater Tank), negotiating a river crossing in central Europe during World War II
 

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An armoured column (visible are Sd.Kfz.251 and Panzer II) of the 11. Panzer-Division "Gespenster Division" passes the disabled vehicles and burning trucks of the Yugoslav 5th Army in the Serbian town of Niš, near Morava river. Four days later, after initially easy and then also heavy and exhausting battles, the division entered the Yugoslav capital. The picture was taken in 9 April 1941 by Kriegsberichter Artur Grimm from Propaganda-Kompanie (PK) 691.

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This Messerschmitt Bf 109G-1 "Weisse 10" (Werknummer 19881) of I.Gruppe / Jagdgeschwader 52 (JG 52) is undergoing maintenance by its ground-crew on an airfield at Gostagayewskaya, north-east of Anapa in the southern part of Heeresgruppe Süd (Army Group South), summer of 1943. We can see a Daimler-Benz DB 605 Engine on the open cowling, and also the RLM 77 Hellgrau camouflage pattern

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German soldiers wearing captured telogreika. Telogreika (Russian: "body warmer") or vatnik is a Russian kind of warm cotton wool-padded jacket. It was also a part of winter uniform first issued by the Red Army during World War II. Telogreika's continued to be issued until the late 1960s. The telogreika was particularly effective at keeping the wearer warm in the harsh Russian Winter. When worn with valenki and an ushanka a wearer can comfortably remain warm in sub-zero temperatures for long periods. This made it the perfect uniform not just for the Red Army, but for both prisoners and guards of the Gulags. In contrast to the usual shortages in the Red Army, soldiers received regular issues of winter clothing, as their combat effectiveness could be hampered in cold conditions otherwise. The Wehrmacht also regularly made use of captured Red Army winter uniforms, often taking them from the deceased, due to the ineffectiveness of their own winter uniforms and not being properly prepared for the Russian winter.
 

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A Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.F1, wearing it's standard grey paint scheme, is getting help with a broken track on the right side. Rust of the chains in the rubbing part and brown in the internal ones. Extra chains completely oxidized. Wear of the tractor wheel, the teeth show only a worn part, rust in them for the time elapsed due to the stopping of the vehicle. Rusty crampons on the side of the turret. Wear and rust on the inside of the wheel rims. Case of the black cannon. Shovels in natural colors. Balkenkreuz without the internal black color. Pink paper and numbers. Soldiers with green-gray coats and pelisse caps and black boots.The picture was taken during the Battle of Moscow in the end 1941.
 

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Some of the 1,096 German prisoners of war who have arrived on HM Landing Ship Tank (LST-165) at Gosport, Hampshire, June 1944. This is the first transport with prisoners from the Allied invasion of Normandy. They will be interrogated and distributed to various camps according to their classification. Man with the blanket under arm is wearing the ribbon of Medaille "Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42" (Ostmedaille) in his uniform. Probably counting himself as a lucky survivor of the war. The picture was taken by Reinhard Schultz
 

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Dispatch rider from a Luftwaffe Field Division stands next to his DKW NZ250 krad, and note the early all leather motorcyclist glove. Because the weather is in a hot summer day, he is wearing a standard fliegerbluse uniform for Luftwaffe personnel and not a warm Kradmantel for dispatch rider. 

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This is a nice original period 'Gebirgsjäger' (German Mountain Troops) Propaganda Postcard, and it was published by the 'Kunstverlag E.A. Schwerdtfeger & Co. AG.' from Berlin. The postcard measures approximately 15 x 10,5 cm. Gebirgsjägers wore essentially the same core uniform as regular infantry with some exceptions—mountain boots (Bergstiefel), the short-brimmed mountain cap (Bergmütze), and a reversible Windbluse (anorak) are the most visible differences. In addition to the core field gear (canteens, mess kits, etc.), Gebirgsjäger sometimes carried climbing equipment, skis and snow shoes. Weaponry included the K98 Mauser rifle, MP40 submachine gun, MG34 and MG42 machine guns, like their regular army counterparts. A shorter-barrelled K98, called the Gewehr 33/40 was also issued, more suited for carrying into the mountains. The infantry regiments were also supported by anti-tank guns, mortars and howitzers from the division. A typical division numbered about 15,000 men, 1,400 vehicles and up to 6,000 pack animals, ranging from horses of varying breeds to camels. 
 

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