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Old 03-16-2010, 04:41 PM   #55
hoover is offline
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Yes, Gene , you are right.But in the 50´s and 60´s the minds went different.

The Zivilschutzkorps (in Western Germany as like in the DDR) were considered as totally non-military, so they used the international sign for civilian defence.

On the right is the international sign. But many countries used a different sign or colours. But the protection in war time should be given.

Little story for the German sign: When the West German Zivilschutz was founded the officials got the wrong colours, so it was not orange but yellow. That´s it.

Okay, back to the topic.

The LSHD and the other organisations in Western Germany wer official non-military organisations. But in wartime they were afraid that these units could be become targets of the enemy, too. So they used khaki uniforms and colours for their vehicles and equipments. And the organsiations was a littöle bit para-military (don´t know the english term, in German we say "paramilitärisch"). The units were not armed, but had a strongly military organisation. Stupid, that they got white helmets...

That was areason why the LSHD changed to grey uniforms in the mid 60´s. After 1972, when the LSHD was disbanded the Bundesländer (like Bavaria) got their own catastrophy service. And the Bundesländer painted their vehicles orange then!

That is a ABC-Dekontamination vehicle out of the 70´s.

The DDR-Zivilverteidigung even wore green military uniforms and were trained on weapons. So the neutrality and non-combat appearance was not very true. The Bundesrepublik changed that in the 70´s, but the DDR never.
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