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0255 | Photo | 13. SS-Freiwilligen b. h. Gebirgs-Division (Kroatien)



Formation of the 13th SS Mountain Division. SS-Gruppenführer von Herff visits the division in Neuhammer. The chief of the SS Personnel Office, SS-Gruppenführer Maximilian von Herff (on the right, in greatcoat), inspects the reconnaissance battalion (standing on the left, in a leather overcoat, is SS-Brigadeführer Sauberzweig, division commander). Von Herff was an old and a highly decorated officer, a veteran of World War I and a former Freikorps member. Before he was transferred to the Waffen-SS, he fought under Rommel in North Africa, as a colonel, and was decorated with the Knight's Cross. He died in British captivity, four months after the end of the war.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Tegtmeier.
Date: 22 November 1943.
Location: Neuhammer am Queis, Germany.
Original caption: "Visit of SS-Gruppenführer von Herff to the 13th SS Division. A mortar of the reconnaissance battalion demonstrates its powers to the chief of the SS Personnel Office, Gruppenführer von Herff (pictured on the left is the division commander, Brigadeführer Sauberzweig; behind Herff, there is his adjutant)."

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Formiranje 13. brdske SS-divizije. SS-grupenfirer fon Herf u poseti diviziji u Nojhameru. Načelnik Kadrovskog odeljenja SS-a, SS-grupenfirer Maksimilijan fon Herf (desno, u šinjelu), u inspekciji izviđačkog bataljona (levo, u kožnom mantilu, stoji SS-brigadefirer Zaubercvajg, komandant divizije). Fon Herf je bio stari i visoko odlikovani oficir, veteran I svetskog rata i bivši pripadnik frajkora. Pre nego što je prebačen u SS-trupe, borio se pod Romelom u severnoj Africi, kao pukovnik, i bio odlikovan Viteškim krstom. Preminuo je u britanskom zarobljeništvu, četiri meseca po završetku rata.

Tekst © Ivan Ž. 

Fotograf: Tegtmajer.
Datum: 22. novembar 1943.
Mesto: Nojhamer na Kvisi, Nemačka.
Originalni natpis: "Poseta SS-grupenfirera fon Herfa 13. SS-diviziji. Minobacač izviđačkog bataljona pokazuje svoje moći načelniku Kadrovskog odeljenja SS-a, grupenfireru fon Herfu (levo na slici je komandant divizije, brigadefirer Zaubercvajg; iza Herfa je njegov ađutant)."

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