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Old 10-12-2019, 11:58 AM   #106
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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".

It's "Bln", actually (not "B2n"); this is a common abbreviation for Berlin. Berlin-Biesdorf is a part of Marzahn.

The last line says "Stube 10" (not "1V"), i.e. "room 10" (in the barracks).
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Old 10-12-2019, 12:15 PM   #107
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HPL2008,

You are always a tremendous help.

Thanks very much for the perfect explanation.

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Old 10-13-2019, 09:53 AM   #108
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Gennossen,

Here are two additional photos from the set depicting Albert Bielefeld.

In the first we see a Feldwebel with a three year service winkel standing next to a Soldat in front of an Ehrenmal (memorial). Can anyone tell which one it is?

One of the individuals is named Hirschelmann and the other Schulze.

In the next photo, two individuals pose outside. I'm not sure if the caption is "Tark" or "Park". Of course, as we saw above, it might be neither of these.....

All the best,
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Old 10-13-2019, 10:07 AM   #109
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It's the Soviet war memorial at Treptow-Köpenick...:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet...Treptower_Park)
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/S...rk)?uselang=de

...the men are posing in front of one of the massive sarcophagi. It's the one seen in the second photo here...:

https://deademperorssociety.com/category/third-reich/

(Oh, and yes; it says "Park".)

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Old 10-13-2019, 10:20 AM   #110
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Sir,

Again, my deepest thanks.

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Old 10-16-2019, 05:25 PM   #111
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Hello Gents,

Can anyone confirm that the name of this lovely lass is Frautchen? Is that a common name?

I'm not sure what the bands on her epaulette signify. Was she an aspiring sergeant or officer? In the Keubke book, there is no rank between Anwaerter and Wachtmeister.

In any event, I thank you for looking.


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Old 10-16-2019, 06:56 PM   #112
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Hi TJ,

it is Trautchen (from Waltraut).

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Old 10-17-2019, 01:06 AM   #113
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Just for the sake of completeness:

Gertraut, Edeltraut and Rotraut are possible as well (any name ending with -traut/-traud).

"Trautchen" is a diminutive/affectionate form for all of the above; same way that, for example, "Trudchen" can stand for Gertrud, Hiltrud, Wiltrud etc.

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Old 10-17-2019, 07:34 PM   #114
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Dear Gentlemen,

I thank you very much for the thoroughness of your replies and your willingness to answer all of my queries, no matter how small or ridiculous.

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TJ,

Women's names are always a struggle in studying militaria. Women's names gave me a lot of problems when I lived Budapest and collected Hungarian militaria.

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Old 10-24-2019, 06:42 PM   #116
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Hi Gordon,

Great to hear from you. I couldn't agree more. I would further submit that the role of women in Warsaw Pact Armies is vastly understudied, as are the armies themselves.

I have some more female photos enroute and will post them here when they arrive.

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Old 04-04-2020, 11:58 AM   #117
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Dear Friends,

I sincerely hope that all of you are coping well during this time of unprecedented stress and hardship. God Bless!

I thought I would do my part to distract us from the ongoing crisis by posting the below pictures of "Hans".

Our friend made what is in my view a meteoric rise in the KVP. In October of 1952, he is pictured as an Anwärter. I believe this to be the lowest rank. A scarce four years later, in 1956, he has advanced to VP-Oberkommissar. I ask you friends, is this normal?

As always, I look forward to your comments. I am unable to decipher the town(?) names written before the dates. I also look forward to you thoughts on his uniform.

Thanks in advance for your comments and peace be with you.

All the best,
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Old 04-04-2020, 01:02 PM   #118
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As always, I look forward to your comments. I am unable to decipher the town(?) names written before the dates. I also look forward to you thoughts on his uniform.

The first one is Steinpleis in Saxony, Zwickau district. It was incorporated into the city of Werdau in 1996.

The second one is giving me trouble, though.
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Hi,

the second location is Pinnow (Uckermark), near Angermünde. There was a KVP-Kommando in Pinnow.

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Uwe,

That makes good sense since the photo shop that took the picture is in Angermünde.

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