I don’t know what’s going on in this photo, but I like it a lot. There’s no note on the back that gives any hint about date, location, or the people in it. The woman wears what appears to be the dark blue tracksuit used by both Army and Bund Deutscher Mädel (BDM – German Young Womens’ Association), among other organizations, but with a non-regulation Brustadler (chest eagle). Her sidecap is set at a jaunty angle, a nice accent to her cheeky attitude. It’s possible that she’s one of the many hundred of thousands of women serving with the Wehrmacht, either as volunteers or performing obligatory service connected to the war effort (Kriegshilfsdienst). They could be telephone operators, typists, nurses, or anti-aircraft personnel, to name the most common tasks.

The man is wearing some sort of work shirt, not to be mistaken for the fatigue jacket (Drillichanzug). The chevrons on the sidecaps could be yellow, the color used by the signals troops. Anyway, this photo adds a bit of whimsy to an otherwise grim war.


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