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A photographic trip through Northern Europe 1938-9 with pre-war uniforms

Discussion in 'Personal' started by Kandahar, Sep 11, 2020.

  1. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Historically some interesting photographs to be seen here from two albums that I will upload a few of gradually. Any comments welcome, particularly if they shed some light.

  2. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    The above photography is dated 30th August 1938, Koln. Jena.jpg

    Deutsche Reichsbahn steamer in the city of Jena.
  3. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    No channel tunnel in 1936, when this particular channel crossing occured.

  4. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Thanks for sharing
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  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Out of curiosity I Googled "General Kahlden" and there's a Generalleutnant von Kahlden in the German 5th Army's order of battle for Verdun in 1916 (bottom of p.1). Not sure if it's the same chap, but he looks WW1 vintage to me.

    The lady's garb is very smart and distinctive - looks like they were off to (or leaving) something formal. Notice in the background that the onlookers appear to be held back, suggesting some VIP gathering in the hotel?

    I'd be surprised if the original building survived WW2, given that it would be central Cologne.

    [Edit] The 1930s hotel frontage can be seen here

    I do like noseying around old photos for clues.
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2020
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  6. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Thank you for taking the time to investigate, and yest General Kahlden of the Saxon Artillery is indeed WW1 vintage - he looks to be getting on into his late 60s here. I have several more taken on this day to post later, but for now I am going back to 1935, with another journey by sea across the Channel to Holland and Germany in September.

    1. At sea: Hull to Rotterdam via the S.S.Melrase Abbey. The photograph below shows the tug boat bringing the Melrase Abbey into Rotterdam docks.

    rotterdam port.jpg

    2. A rail journey was then taken from Rotterdam to Arnhem by Diessel-Electrica train, rather modern looking for the period.

    Diesel electric.jpg

    3. In Erfurt: below Emergency Bridge at anti-air attack exhibition
    emegency bridge.jpg
    4. Efurt: A plaque and wreath to the Nazi murdered by the Communists
    nazi murdered.jpg
  7. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    A few more from Erfurt 1935 - and in the following photographs you can see signs of the Third Reich all about.

    1. Members of the Wehrmacht

    Nazi HQ from the outside

    3. League of German Girls (girls' wing of the Nazi Party youth movement, the Hitler Youth|) in the morning outside the Youth Hostel (Cyriaksberg).
    League of German girls.jpg
    4. Giving the salute

    Nazi Salute.jpg
  8. xmal

    xmal Established commenter

  9. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

    I can't make out the first word, but it's something along the lines of " Anyone who buys from Jews is a traitor to the people"
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  10. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    I think ...(something) is a traitor to the people.
  11. harsh-but-fair

    harsh-but-fair Star commenter

  12. shakes1616

    shakes1616 Established commenter

  13. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    I was beaten to it with a fuller description.

    Now we come to Thuringerwald - a vast forested district, travelled to by steam train. The following photographs depict life relatively untouched by the brewing political changes.

    1. A gentleman plying his brass instrument
    wayward musician.jpg

    2. A lady doing her daily washing in Schwarzburg
    washing day.jpg

    3. Water being delivered by ox driven cart in Herschdorf

    water cart.jpg

    4. Wood cutters near Gehren


    5. Three girls from Tambach - Dietharz
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  14. Jolly_Roger15

    Jolly_Roger15 Star commenter

    'He who buys from Jews is a traitor to his people.'
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  15. xmal

    xmal Established commenter

    Thanks. Still stomach-churning 80 years on.
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  16. Kandahar

    Kandahar Star commenter

    Five photographs of pre WW2 army costumes on parade - including one of the 2nd in command of the German army of the Third Reich, which we begin with

    1. Freiherr von Fritsch

    Third Reich.jpg
    parade 1.jpg
    parade 2.jpg
    parade 3.jpg
    parade 4.jpg
  17. George_Randle

    George_Randle Senior commenter

    I think it might be wem.

    In the Auschwitz museum, there is a display of the artificial legs taken from the dead. While looking at these, you find yourself wondering how many of these legs were lost by patriotic Jews fighting for Germany in the First World War.

    The Holocaust was as insane as it was evil.
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  18. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    this thread is fascinating. Thanks for posting all this.
    Poor old Fritsch. Rose to Wehrmacht CiC. Sceptical about Hitler's war plans. Framed as a homosexual by Goering and Himmler to get him out of the way. The court martial acquitted him but his career was over. Recalled to the army in 1939 he deliberately exposed himself to enemy fire and was killed.
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  19. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    That's what I got too.
  20. artboyusa

    artboyusa Star commenter

    Seems to a little weird to see Nazi HQ sharing a space with a "Friseur" (hairdresser).
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