03 October 2015

0068 | Photo | 21. Waffen-Gebirgs-Division der SS "Skanderbeg" (albanische Nr. 1)



Operation "Daredevil". Members of the SS Division "Skanderbeg", wearing rags on their heads instead of military caps, pose for a photo, somewhere in Montenegro. Most Albanian volunteers were no fans of military discipline and proper dressing – which was also testified by their division commander, SS-Oberführer Schmidhuber (a quotation from the summary report on the formation and state of the division, October 1944): "With regard to clothing, the instructors often had the same problems [with the Albanians] as they did with the Negroes. Most of the recruits from the countryside got shoes on their feet for the first time in their lives. They were very proud of that and kept them on even during the night. On the other hand, whenever they were faced with a longer march, they took the shoes off and hung them over their shoulders. However, if an Albanian starts to flee, he renounces his love of shoes and throws them away so that he can run faster barefoot. Getting used to dressing properly is a major accomplishment in Albania, if it can be done at all."

Text © Ivan Ž. / August Schmidhuber.

Photographer: Ernst A. Zwilling.
Date: July 1944.
Location: unknown, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: "Ligne de Front" 40.
Number: no number (p. 10).

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Operacija "Drznik". Pripadnici SS-divizije "Skenderbeg", sa krpama na glavi umesto vojnih kapa, poziraju za fotografiju, negde u Crnoj Gori. Većina albanskih dobrovoljaca nije bila ljubitelj vojničke discipline i urednog oblačenja – o čemu je svedočanstvo ostavio i njihov komandant divizije, SS-oberfirer Šmidhuber (citat iz sumarnog izveštaja o formiranju i stanju divizije oktobra 1944. godine): "Što se tiče odeće, instruktori su [sa Albancima] često imali istih problema kao i sa crncima. Većina regruta sa sela prvi put je u životu imala cipele na nogama. Na to su bili veoma ponosni i nisu ih skidali ni noću. S druge strane, kada moraju duže marširati, cipele odmah skidaju i prebacuju ih preko ramena. Međutim, kada Albanac počne da beži, on se odmah odriče svoje ljubavi prema cipelama i baca ih, ne bi li trčao brže bos. Navikavanje na uredno oblačenje, ukoliko je uopšte izvodljivo, izuzetno je dostignuće u Albaniji."

Tekst © Ivan Ž. / August Šmidhuber.

Fotograf: Ernst A. Cviling.
Datum: jul 1944.
Mesto: nepoznato, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: "Ligne de Front" 40.
Broj: bez broja (str. 10).

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