S016158 TOTENKOPF EM'S PHOTOGRAPH. (Photographie)

BACKGROUND: Basic human instinct dictates that soldiers in the field, regardless of nationality, long for their loved ones at home. As a result it was very common for these soldiers to have themselves photographed and send the photos home. As today, there were also numerous other reasons to pose for a photograph, new appointments, promotions, weddings anniversaries etc., etc.. Of Note: The origins of the 3RD SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf" can be traced back to the formation of the SS-Wachverbände, (SS-Guard Units) in March 1933 which was re-designated, SS-Totenkopfverbände, (SS-Death’s Head Units), on March 29TH 1936. In October 1939 personnel from the SS-Totenkopfverbände were recruited to compose the cadre of the newly forming SS-Totenkopf-Division which was upgraded and re-designated, SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Totenkopf" on November 9TH 1942, and finally 3RD SS-Panzer-Division "Totenkopf" on October 22ND 1943.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 3 1/8" x 4 3/8", light weight cardstock, close-up black and white photograph of three young SS enlisted men wearing a field-grey, overseas caps and field blouse, all smoking tobacco pipes. The visible uniform details include the cap insignia, shoulder straps, rank and "Totenkopf" collar tabs and a sleeve eagle. The reverse of the photograph has handwritten script, "Das "Klee Blatt" mit der Pfeife! Februar 1943", (The "clover leaf" with the pipe! February 1943). Presumably the "clover leaf", comment was a colloquialism referring to the three individuals in the image. The photograph is in overall good condition with minor age yellowing and some light wrinkling. Nice image.

GRADE ***1/2                             PRICE $85.00

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