31 August 2015

0049 | Photo | Leibstandarte-SS "Adolf Hitler"



Operation 25. The best known SS general and commander of Hitler's bodyguards, Sepp Dietrich, standing at the gates of Yugoslavia. The SS Bodyguard "Adolf Hitler" (the future 1st SS Armoured Division and at this time an infantry brigade) participated in the invasion of Yugoslavia as part of the XL Army Corps, whose units crossed the border via Bulgaria, in the direction Kyustendil – Kriva Palanka, and Gorna Dzhumaya – Carevo Selo. The photograph was taken at the Deve Bair border crossing and shows the SS Bodyguard officers and Bulgarian soldiers posing for propaganda purposes with a donkey. This moment was captured on film as well, with a mocking comment: "Only a donkey is still interested in Belgrade authorities's leaflet!" (The leaflet was put in donkey's mouth by one of SS men.) In the foreground (third from the right) is SS-Obergruppenführer Dietrich, in the centre is SS-Hauptsturmführer Gunter d'Alquen, commander of the SS War Correspondent Company (future SS Regiment "Kurt Eggers"), on the far left is SS-Hauptsturmführer Max Wünsche, Dietrich's adjutant (previously one of Hitler's adjutants), and third from the left is SS-Sturmbannführer Theodor Wisch, commander of the II Battalion (future division commander).

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Weill.
Date: April 1941.
Location: Deve Bair (Kyustendil), Bulgaria.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: National Archives, 242-JRP-78-89-17.

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Operacija 25. Najpoznatiji SS-general i komandant Hitlerovih telohranitelja, Zep Ditrih, stoji na vratima Jugoslavije. Telesna garda SS-a "Adolf Hitler" (buduća 1. oklopna SS-divizija, a u ovo vreme pešadijska brigada) učestvovala je u invaziji na Jugoslaviju u sastavu XL armijskog korpusa, čije su jedinice granicu prešle preko Bugarske, pravcem Ćustendil – Kriva Palanka, i Gornja Džumaja – Carevo Selo. Fotografija je snimljena na graničnom prelazu Deve bair, i prikazuje oficire Telesne garde SS-a i bugarske vojnike kako poziraju u propagandne svrhe sa magarcem. Ovaj momenat je zabeležen i na filmu, uz podrugljiv komentar: "Samo još magarca zanima letak beogradskih vlasti!" (Letak je magarcu u usta stavio jedan od esesovaca.) U prvom planu (treći zdesna) je SS-obergrupenfirer Ditrih, u sredini je SS-hauptšturmfirer Gunter d'Alken, komandir Ratno-dopisničke SS-čete (budući SS-puk "Kurt Egers"), sasvim levo je SS-hauptšturmfirer Maks Vinše, Ditrihov ađutant (prethodno jedan od Hitlerovih ađutanata), a treći sleva je SS-šturmbanfirer Teodor Viš, komandant II bataljona (budući komandant divizije).

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Vajl.
Datum: april 1941.
Mesto: Deve bair (Ćustendil), Bugarska.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: National Archives, 242-JRP-78-89-17.

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