09 September 2015

0052 | Photo | SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division "Prinz Eugen"



A dishevelled, unshaved machine gunner of the SS Division "Prinz Eugen", somewhere in Bosnia and Herzegovina (the machine gun is Czech ZB-53, vz. 37). The division command particularly had problems disciplining its soldiers, who were mainly simple Banat German peasants. As one of the NCOs (an ethnic German himself) said during the training: "This is the greatest pig-sty of all time!"

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Hermann Heiss.
Date: June/July 1943.
Location: unknown, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Number: KB Heiss 044 / unknown.

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Razdrljeni, neobrijani mitraljezac SS-divizije "Princ Eugen", negde u Bosni i Hercegovini (mitraljez je češki ZB-53, vz. 37). Vođstvo divizije je posebno imalo problema sa disciplinovanjem svojih vojnika, koji su većinom bili priprosti banatski nemački seljaci. Kao što reče za vreme obuke jedan od podoficira (i sam domaći Nemac): "Ovo je najveći svinjac svih vremena!"

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Herman Hajs.
Datum: jun/jul 1943.
Mesto: nepoznato, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: The SS-Kriegsberichter Archive / National Archives and Records Administration.
Broj: KB Heiss 044 / nepoznat.

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