27 August 2015

0022 | Photo | 13. SS-Freiwilligen b. h. Gebirgs-Division (Kroatien)



Formation of the 13th SS Mountain Division. Members of the division's headquarters company practise rifle drills during their training in Neuhammer. Contrary to such a tidy and disciplined type of image of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian division's soldiers, which had been served to the public by the German propaganda machine, most of its (Bosnian) members actually came into the unit in rags and were illiterate, many didn't know their own age, nor what was electric current and how to use an indoor toilet.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Werner Mielke.
Date: November 1943.
Location: Neuhammer am Queis, Germany.
Original caption: "With SS volunteers from Bosnia and Herzegovina. The division's headquarters company presents arms."

File source: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe, 2-16105.

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Formiranje 13. brdske SS-divizije. Pripadnici štabne čete divizije vežbaju stavove sa oružjem tokom obuke u Nojhameru. Nasuprot ovakvoj, urednoj i disciplinovanoj slici o vojnicima bosansko-hercegovačke divizije, kakvu je nemačka propagandna mašina servirala javnosti, većina njenih (bosanskih) pripadnika u jedinicu je zapravo stigla u ritama i nepismena, mnogi nisu znali ni svoje godine, niti šta je električna struja i kako se koristi kućni toalet.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Verner Milke.
Datum: novembar 1943.
Mesto: Nojhamer na Kvisi, Nemačka.
Originalni natpis: "Kod SS-dobrovoljaca iz Bosne i Hercegovine. Štabna četa divizije vrši počasni pozdrav oružjem."

Izvor fajla: Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe, 2-16105.

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