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Author:  botty [ Sun Oct 03, 2010 12:33 pm ]
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This could have some useful info. Post war veterans news letters.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... 3D1&_rdc=1

Hope so anyway as I have just ordered it.

Author:  gdfuseddie [ Mon Oct 04, 2010 19:10 pm ]
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Regarding our friend Johannes Hoenscheid, this may be of a little interest:

http://www.ritterkreuztraeger-1939-45.d ... tthias.htm

Run the page through a babefish translator.

Also seems that he wrote a book(s?), which I tracked in BookFinder.com and on Amazon called 'Der Kriegsberichter, Roman'.

Author:  botty [ Wed Oct 06, 2010 18:02 pm ]
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Just finishing reading 'The propaganda warriors' by Daniel Uziel. A very academic book with loads of references back to primary sources (I believe this was his PhD dissertation so fact filled but not an easy read). This has the following info:

1) The after action report from the Sudetenland invasion written 2/6/1939 for OKH states 'Reichsministerium fur Volksaufklarung und Propaganda (RMVP) supplied the PK with good radio devices, but many photographers had to bring their private cameras with them, and some cameramen wound up bringing cumbersome and expensive film cameras from home'. suggesting that the intention, if not the actuality, was that PK troops would receive issue equipment.

2) 'The personnel- especially specialists- are allocated by RMVP. Lists of personnel are added. The PK COs are to be reserve officers. Non-serving platoon and group COs are allocated as Sonderfuhrer.' Order from OKH/Ia M 16/8/1938 about the dratfing and allocation of people to the units.

3) In late May 1943 the Propaganda troops became an independent arm of service and changed Waffenfarbe colour from signals yellow to grey. There is no reference to a change back to yellow later in the war

4) In February 1943 to save manpower the PK were re-organized as specialized reporting platoons (23 officers, 46 NCOs and 30 men). One each for each army group of the army. Two eliete divisions- GD and Feldherrnhalle had their own platoon. (This ref taken from a post war book 'propagandatrppen' written by Wedel (wartime commander of the Wehremachtpropaganda department, the overall command of the PK units)

Author:  pdd [ Wed Oct 06, 2010 19:41 pm ]
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There is some excellent detail in there from the sound of it. I had a good read through the first few pages on-line and thought it looked like a very useful book.
I found this after following you link too "German Army Uniforms and Insignia, 1933-1945"
Review comments include
"oldie but still relevant"
"it's well-written and the black and white photos do an ok job of depicting the uniforms"

I spotted it when I ran a search for GrossDeutschland Kreigsberichter on google books it turned up the above title with the extracts

".. big, large Gross Greatcoat Mantel Greater Germany, name given to elite army formation 'Grossdeutschland' Group Gruppe ... Service Regulations Dienstvorschrift Official war correspondent Kriegsberichter Old style (pattern) regulation ..."

I would say the two are unrelated passages.

I quite fancied Propaganda Warriors but I have just priced it (Owch!) it needs to go on my list of not at that price books I'm afraid

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