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Old 01-08-2019, 06:33 PM   #91
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Greetings Ralph,

Much obliged to you Sir for the great information.

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Old 01-09-2019, 03:40 PM   #92
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You are welcome TJ...BTW interesting photo.
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Old 02-12-2019, 07:45 PM   #93
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Genossen,
Thanks to Ralph, I was able to conduct some more research on the awards displayed by this young and handsome Infantrie Soldat of the Kasernierten Volkspolizei (Garrisoned People’s Police).

The first is the Sportleistungsabzeichen "Bereit zur Arbeit und zur Verteidigung des Friedens" (Sports Achievement Badge "Ready to Work and to Defend Peace"). This badge was awarded by the State Secretariat for Body, Culture and Sport. Individually numbered on the back, it was presented to awardees age 16 and older between the years 1951-1954. Under magnification, one can see that this badge is adorned with a number one.

The second award is the Philipp Müller Medal. This badge was awarded by the Free German Youth (FDJ) and presented to FDJ members who provided outstanding support to the preparation and conduct of the Volkskammer (“People's Chamber”) elections on October 17, 1954.

The medal is shaped like a waving flag in FDJ blue featuring a portrait of Philipp Müller. Underneath the portrait is the inscription, “All for victory of the National Front in the popular elections of 1954.”

Philipp Müller (1931 – 1952) is commemorated as the first protestor in the Federal Republic of Germany (i.e. “West Germany”) to be shot and killed by the police. Müller was born in the Munich suburb of Neuaubing. Raised as a Roman Catholic, he would later gravitate to the Communist party and belonged to the West German affiliate of the FDJ before it was banned. Müller was also a member of the West German branch of the KPD. He was trained as a locksmith and worked in the railroad depot in his home town. Müller traveled to East Berlin in 1951 to participate in the World Festival of Youth and Students. There he met East Berliner Ortrud Voß. They soon married and in December, 1951, Ortrud gave birth to their son Joachim. Müller was steadfast against West German rearmament. The announcement of the upcoming ratification of the European Defense Treaty sparked a series of demonstrations. A demonstration in Essen consisting of 30,000 protestors became particularly heated and the West German prime minister authorized the use of deadly force. Müller fell in a hail of police bullets and his untimely demise was immediately seized upon by DDR authorities led by Erich Honecker. In the ensuing years, Müller become the focus of a DDR propaganda campaign resulting in his likeness being used on an FDJ badge. One could see how an impressionable young communist such as the KVP soldier pictured here would proudly pose with a badge featuring the portrait of a “true believer” on the other side of a rapidly widening social-political divide.


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Old 02-12-2019, 07:50 PM   #94
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A close-up of the Philipp Müller Medal. This award and the previously shown sports badge help us date the KVP portrait to the years 1954 - 1955.

There are other photos of the Müller medal that seem to be minted in a darker shade of blue. is this a variation or simply a matter of photo quality?

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Old 02-12-2019, 07:56 PM   #95
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Here is a photo of Philip Müller found on Wikipedia.
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Old 02-13-2019, 09:31 AM   #96
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A close-up of the Philipp Müller Medal. This award and the previously shown sports badge help us date the KVP portrait to the years 1954 - 1955.

There are other photos of the Müller medal that seem to be minted in a darker shade of blue. is this a variation or simply a matter of photo quality?

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TJ
TJ,

Could be either one. Any medals/badges that I have multiples of usually vary in colour from badge to badge.

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Old 02-14-2019, 03:49 PM   #97
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TJ - great update and appreciate seeing your badges.
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Old 03-30-2019, 06:45 AM   #98
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Genossen,

I am seeking assistance on the inscription found on the back of this photo. It depicts a Wachtmeister assigned to the Hauptverwaltung für Ausbildung (HVA). The HVA was the precursor organization to the People's Police in Barracks.

The photo is dated December 29, 1949 and was taken in Leipzig. Note the lack of collar litzen.

The officer has beautiful, florid handwriting, but it has me stumped. Thanks in advance for the help.

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The back of the photo.


All I could make out was "Leipzig" and the date.


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Old 03-30-2019, 10:38 AM   #100
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It says:

"Ihnen, liebes Frl. [= Fräulein] Margit
in herzlicher Freundschaft
gewidmet
Max Grundmann
Leipzig, den 29. XII. 49
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["Dedicated to you, dear Miss Margit, in heartfelt friendship"]

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Old 03-30-2019, 11:42 AM   #101
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Dear HPL2008,

Thanks so much for the translation. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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Old 09-10-2019, 07:09 PM   #102
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Friends,

These photos arrived the other day and have me rather puzzled.

The uniforms seem really dark. Are these TRAPO personnel?

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Old 09-11-2019, 09:11 AM   #103
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I think these guys are Grenzpolizei.

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Old 09-14-2019, 04:42 PM   #104
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Hello Friends,

I scanned the photos to get better resolution.

Thanks to Fauli for weighing in and identifying the personnel as Grenzpolizei.

Is everyone in agreement? What time frame are we looking at? 60's, 70's?

Thanks again,
TJ
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:48 AM   #105
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Gennossen,

I found this picture interesting both for the "Philipp Müller, Hero of the Nation" poster, as it relates to the post above, and the caption on the back.

I love finding named portraits and this one may provide some insight into how KVP training units were organized. Does anyone know what the acronym "B2n" stands for? Could it be "2nd Battalion"? Biesdorf is a suburb in east Berlin. As for "Stube 1V" is that "Room Roman numeral IV" or "Bunk number 1, Room V".

As always, thanks for the help.

TJ
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