Postwar Occupied Germany question

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Postwar Occupied Germany question

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February 12th, 2012, 3:44 pm #1

In the areas controlled by the Soviets after VE day, it's clear that ex-German military were conscripted with the clean up and rebuilding of the destroyed country. Often they worked in the old uniforms of their respective branches (Heer, Luftwaffe, etc.). Does anyone recall if these men would have had any Soviet markings put on their uniforms to indicate their status? Since hostilities had ended, would it have been redundant? Why signify they were prisoners when almost all ex-military were prisoners to a degree of the Red Army? Does anyone have any images they can recall?

My goal is to depict an ex-Heer or Luftwaffe man alongside some Soviet construction equipment after the end of hostilities. Can anyone give an opinion to any uniform differences?

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February 12th, 2012, 3:48 pm #2

That ex service men would wear their old uniforms or parts of them with the original insignia stripped off. They would not wear Russian insignia as they were not part of the Russian army.

Pictures also show a lot of women doing the clean up work
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February 12th, 2012, 4:28 pm #3

In the areas controlled by the Soviets after VE day, it's clear that ex-German military were conscripted with the clean up and rebuilding of the destroyed country. Often they worked in the old uniforms of their respective branches (Heer, Luftwaffe, etc.). Does anyone recall if these men would have had any Soviet markings put on their uniforms to indicate their status? Since hostilities had ended, would it have been redundant? Why signify they were prisoners when almost all ex-military were prisoners to a degree of the Red Army? Does anyone have any images they can recall?

My goal is to depict an ex-Heer or Luftwaffe man alongside some Soviet construction equipment after the end of hostilities. Can anyone give an opinion to any uniform differences?

Roy Chow
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Greetings Roy,

usually those ex-soldiers and policemen kept on by the Russians wore their former uniforms with insignia and Nazi regalia removed, however they were often issued an armband that stated they were in police service or something along those lines.

I remember there were a few images of such men and the armband in the LIFE-collection, you might try something like "Berlin 1945" oder "Germany 1946" as keywords.

Cheers,

Jens



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February 12th, 2012, 5:01 pm #4

In the areas controlled by the Soviets after VE day, it's clear that ex-German military were conscripted with the clean up and rebuilding of the destroyed country. Often they worked in the old uniforms of their respective branches (Heer, Luftwaffe, etc.). Does anyone recall if these men would have had any Soviet markings put on their uniforms to indicate their status? Since hostilities had ended, would it have been redundant? Why signify they were prisoners when almost all ex-military were prisoners to a degree of the Red Army? Does anyone have any images they can recall?

My goal is to depict an ex-Heer or Luftwaffe man alongside some Soviet construction equipment after the end of hostilities. Can anyone give an opinion to any uniform differences?

Roy Chow
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http://www.amps-armor.org
I don't think that the Russians used many ex military in the clean up after the war. They put their POW in camps and used mostly civilians to do the job? as did the western allies.

http://joearevaloadam.blogspot.com/2012 ... rfrau.html
http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotos ... 56829.html

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February 12th, 2012, 7:33 pm #5

Thanks for posting the photo websites - fascinating stuff!!
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February 13th, 2012, 4:51 pm #6



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February 15th, 2012, 2:58 am #7

In the areas controlled by the Soviets after VE day, it's clear that ex-German military were conscripted with the clean up and rebuilding of the destroyed country. Often they worked in the old uniforms of their respective branches (Heer, Luftwaffe, etc.). Does anyone recall if these men would have had any Soviet markings put on their uniforms to indicate their status? Since hostilities had ended, would it have been redundant? Why signify they were prisoners when almost all ex-military were prisoners to a degree of the Red Army? Does anyone have any images they can recall?

My goal is to depict an ex-Heer or Luftwaffe man alongside some Soviet construction equipment after the end of hostilities. Can anyone give an opinion to any uniform differences?

Roy Chow
AMPS President
http://www.amps-armor.org
Hi, Roy
As far as I know German POWs were all shipped in Soviet Union where they were put to work. But there are several pictures for you.
German POW working in Stalingrad





German and Romanian POW in labor camp store. I think it is some kind of "official" photo for a newspaper or something like that. But you can clearly see they still have some of their original insignia.



I hope that helps somehow.
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