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Looking at the visor and military-style uniform this guy could be a member of several official TR civilian organisations.

 

The KVG insignia on his collar shows he was in fact a bus driver for Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft (Kiel Transportation Company)

which still exists today http://www.kvg-kiel.de/en/

 

Cheers,

Larry

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Nice portraits guys. :smile:

 

Going by the three chevrons on this man's sleeve I would say he is a KM Matrosenhauptgefreiter. Am I correct?

 

Cheers,

Larry

The wreath and cockade on the cap look liike they they could be KM ??

 

Are there anchors on the buttons Larry,hard to see??

 

Regards,Martin.

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The wreath and cockade on the cap look liike they they could be KM ??

 

Are there anchors on the buttons Larry,hard to see??

 

Regards,Martin.

Hi Martin,

 

Nothing on his buttons but there is something on his boards which I cannot make out.

 

The reason I asked whether he is KM is because I cannot find a Heer equivalent for the three chevrons on his sleeve.

Here is a chart showing KM and Heer sleeve ranks insignia. Number three on the KM chart is the same as the insignia in my photo.

 

Was there a difference between KM wreaths and cockades and the other armed services?

 

Cheers,

Larry

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Hello! Here is a Award ceremony in Bergen Norway 27/4-1945.

 

At left is Røsing.

 

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Best Morten.

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Could be a Coastal Artillery man ??

 

Here is an image thats hows the wreath and cockade a little better.They look similar.

 

If only your photo was in colour.

 

Cheers,Martin.

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Nice portraits guys. :smile:

 

Going by the three chevrons on this man's sleeve I would say he is a KM Matrosenhauptgefreiter. Am I correct?

 

Cheers,

Larry

 

I think he is a Hauptgefreiter from the Reichswehr rather than a K.A. Hauptgefreiter.

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Hi Bart,

 

You are entirely correct. I didn't know the insignia was used during the Reichswehr period.

 

Here's a Deutsche Reichspost visor portrait.

 

Cheers,

Larry

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KM NCO Visor worn by Obersteuermann Wolf of U752. Soft leather peak, note no peak edging.

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KM NCO Visor , worn without strap by an Obersteuermann from U95. Anyone see what is rare about this one?

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Gordon:

 

Hello my friend! Great images of Kriegsmarine visor caps, thank you for sharing them with the Forum,

 

Best regards,

John

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KM NCO Visor , worn without strap by an Obersteuermann from U95. Anyone see what is rare about this one?

 

Gordon:

 

Hello my friend! Hard to tell from photograph, but is the wreath medal and the Eagle cloth/thread?

 

Best regards,

John

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Almost there John. Indeed the wreath is metal - but so is the eagle. There was a matching eagle for the wreath which, just like the wreath, replicated the appearance of an embroidered piece. The wreath although uncommon can be spotted on some photos due to its distinctive appearance, but the matching eagle is very rare.

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Gordon:

 

Hello my friend!  I zoomed in on the Eagle, absolutley amazing that is metal. Thank you for shareing your image of metal KM wreath and Eagle on virsor cap with us.

 

Best ergards,

John

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One of the big clues is that although the eagle does appear embroidered at first glance, when you home in on the wreath/swastika you can see the whole area is solid metal , no dark blue cloth within the wreath, around the swastika.

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Hans-Günther Lange!

 

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Regards, Morten.

Morten, I have to say that yours Hans-Günther Lange

is in fact Carl-August Landfermann and that is a very nice foto indeed.

 

Lado

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A couple KM portraits. I used to know who they were, but have lost the info. One was the CO of a Minesweeper fleet IIRC

 

 

Cheers

Larry

On the left is Admiral Otto SCHNIEWIND

and on rihgt is Kommodor Friedrich BONTE.

 

Lado

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Kanonier von Tagen just joined the armed forces and went to a studio to have a portrait taken with his new, proud uniform.

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Heres a cool one.....A Visor cap with odd insignia. Turns out, a fellow collector PM'ed me and said he believed he owned this cap, or these were made by a Dutch Tailor. The wreath insignia was directly sewn to the cap band. Pretty neat. Taken in Limbach, Germany.

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One of my Favorite photos of my collection, possibly. Totenkopf man on left. An SS StuG Cloth visored Crusher on right. Not sure if the visor is black or if it is covered in grey cloth?? Also note the metal eagle bent to fit the crushed style.  If I could own only 1 piece of headgear for life, it would be that crusher.

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Nice photos Bart & Bill.

I love those "crusher cap" photos.

 

Here is one from an Inf. Rgt. 154 (58 Inf. Division) album. The RKT second from left is Oberst Alexander von Pfuhlstein (later a Generalmajor).

von Pfuhlstein was later implicated in the 20 July 1944 plot to kill Hitler. He escaped the death penalty, was demoted to Soldat  (Private) and dismissed from the army on 14 Sept., 1944.

 

Cheers,

Larry

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