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Nazi Uniforms

Nazi Uniforms - History, photographs and interesting related stories.
Latest hand-picked WWII news. See also: Camouflage, Nazi SS uniform & troubles, Medals, Nazi Memorabilia.

Fashion firm Hugo Boss, which made Nazi uniforms, publish a report of its Third Reich-era
The book, called "Hugo Boss, 1924–1945", traces the life and times of Hugo Ferdinand Boss, born in 1885, who founded a clothes factory in Metzingen, Baden-Württemberg in 1924. Boss joined the Nazis and promptly received a contract to supply party uniforms. During the Second World War, the firm used 140 forced workers kidnapped by the Gestapo from Poland, as well as 40 French POWs, in its production of Wehrmacht uniforms.
(thelocal.de)

Colin Wilson collects military uniforms
Colin Wilson has an unusual hobby: He is interested in military history, and military uniforms in particular. His interest was sparked by his grandfather, who was a WWII veteran serving in Company D 776th Amphibian Tank Battalion. Among Wilson`s treasures are complete uniforms, including special insignia, ribbons and medals, field equipment, such as packs, boots, helmets, flags and ammo. One WW2 Navy uniform he found on a curb in Cedar Rapids after the flooding, destined for the landfill. Wilson is often asked why he collects military memorabilia, his answer: "I don`t want people to forget what their father or grandfather."
(newtondailynews.com)

Tom Cruise commends Nazi uniforms
While Tom Cruise says Nazi uniforms were well designed, he also found they provoked strong emotions in him. "They had great uniforms, great designs. But there was a perversion with those things. They took symbols that were good and they inverted the aesthetics. My immediate response was, `I hate this uniform.` But I had to get used to seeing myself wearing it, although it was disturbing." His Nazi uniform raised eyebrows when he first wore it in Metro Goldwyn Mayer`s LA offices: "There I was, dressed in full German officer`s uniform, walking out of the conference room... I could see the guys in the offices looking at me and wondering what the hell was going on."
(stuff.co.nz)

Nazi uniforms are an industry of their own - The enduring appeal of Nazi chic
In the subculture of S&M, Nazi uniforms (black leather trench coats, Waffen SS jackets, Third Panzer Division shirts, jackboots, swastikas) are an industry of their own. Sociologist Elizabeth Wilson says fascism eroticised uniforms with "the fetishised idealisation of the masculine body". Magda Goebbels, wife of the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, resisted the deportations of Jews: "Elegance will now disappear from Berlin." The Third Reich has inveigled its way into the mainstream: Several fashion shows have featured nazi theme, and stylish play with Nazi chic was a feature of punk too - not to forget Nikki Sixx posing in black leather and a Nazi flat cap.
(newstatesman.com)

The story behind the Nazi uniform: "It`s not a military uniform, it`s a party uniform."
Ten years ago, Scott Nelson visited a traveling Anne Frank exhibit. He was amazed when he looked at a Nazi uniform on show: it was donated by his uncle Axel Nelson. Scott Nelson recounted his uncle`s story: In 1945 the war was coming to an end, and many of the Nazis were taking off their uniforms to keep a low profile. Staff Sgt. Axel Nelson was traveling through Nazi Germany when he came across a Nazi politician in Ortsgruppenleiter uniform who was "showing obvious contempt" for the GIs. Nelson pulled his jeep over and told the man to take off his uniform. When the Nazi refused, Nelson aimed his weapon at the man`s head - leaving the man standing in his underwear.
(bismarcktribune.com)

11 Nazi uniform patches from the 3rd SS division Totenkopf for sale
The sale of Nazi memorabilia from a German unit which killed nearly 100 British POWs has been called a "disgrace" by a war veteran. 11 uniform patches from the 3rd SS division Totenkopf are expected to sell for £300 each. The Totenkopf ("death`s head") division - one of Nazi Germany`s most ruthless and formidable combat formations - massacred 97 soldiers of the Royal Norfolk Regiment, who surrendered during the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940. The carnage was ordered by SS officer Fritz Knochlein, who was later executed for war crimes. Offered Nazi badges and lapels feature the "death`s head" skull, Nazi insignia and the Third Reich eagle.
(bbc.co.uk)

Third Reich to Fortune 500: 5 Popular Brands the Nazis Gave Us
Hugo Boss made the sleek all-black uniforms for the SS. While today Boss uses black for slimming effects, in the SS uniforms it was used to command fear. While their guns and tendency for genocide probably handled all needed respect commanding just fine, the black uniforms did absorb sunlight during the summer, causing the wearer to stink. Members of the Hitler Youth were also decked out in Boss wear: an early lesson in looking good when beating up minorities. -- American groups funded Nazi eugenics projects in the 1930s, but once the war began, most cut ties, except IBM which decided to stick around and see where Hitler was going with this final solution thing.
(cracked)

WWII memories in collectibles: Panzer uniform from the Battle of Kursk   (Article no longer available from the original source)
When Dan Crews was 15, he swapped $20 worth of baseball cards for a World War II uniform. It was a German Panzer uniform (worth $1200) worn at the Battle of Kursk, a major German offensive on the Eastern front. He bought his first WWII collectible, a German eagle patch worn on a soldier’s uniform, for $2 when he was 12. Crews now has a collection of 400 pieces of memorabilia; it includes American and German combat uniforms, US Army “Ike” jackets and an M1 Garand rifle. For collectors of WWII memorabilia the war has never really ended: they scour auctions and flea markets to find posters, badges, uniforms, helmets... or a Luftwaffe general’s dagger - for $9,995.
(nytimes)

Fury at Hitler Youth uniform sale - with a swastika-daubed sword   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Royal British Legion has criticised an antiques shop for selling a Hitler Youth uniform and displaying it in the window. But staff have hit back, saying that the outfit was "harmless" and had attracted a lot of interest. The store is offering the genuine black cloth uniform, complete with a swastika-daubed sword, for £1,850. It is one of many items of Nazi memorabilia on sale. Behind the cash desk hangs a portrait of Hitler - also for sale. The Hitler Youth (HitlerJugend) was a paramilitary organisation that paved the way for German youngsters to join the Nazi party.
(thisislancashire)

WW2 collection - Historical WW2 Uniforms and Militaria
WW2 collection: Shows a part of private collection of historical WW2 Uniforms and Militaria, USA, England and Germany.
(ww2collection)

Secrets of The Ghost Army - inflatable battle tanks, uniforms
In 1942 the U.S. Army recruited artists and designers to form a military unit that didn’t exist - the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. Between D-Day and the end of the war, The Ghost Army staged more than 20 battlefield deceptions from Normandy to the Rhine. They employed high-tech sound trucks and inflatable tanks, trucks, jeeps and planes; altered their uniforms and vehicle markings; and impersonated everyone from tight-lipped generals to garrulous drunks. With just over 1,000 men, they became adept at pretending to be divisions of 20,000, diverting German attention from real American units.
(townonline)

General Omar Bradley`s Secretary Donates Uniform to Exhibit
The Harwich Historical Society’s exhibit featuring women who served in the military during World War II now includes the uniform of the woman who served as General Omar Bradley’s secretary and followed the army into France shortly after the Allies had formed their beachhead in June of 1944. Claire Dodd joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1944. In London, she was the nightly Luftwaffe bombings. Dodd was assigned to a pool of 20 WACS, who provided services for officers of the rank of Colonel or General and then tapped to serve General Bradley, one of the main field commanders of WWII and later promoted to a five-star general.
(capecodtoday)

Poland producing replica nazi uniforms and Third Reich flags
Berlin presses Poland to close production of replica uniforms, weapons, flags and symbols of the Third Reich. There is a certain irony that Poland is the centre of a thriving post-Nazi industry. Bans don`t stop the stuff being manufactured and pouring across the border from one country to another. One factory near Poznan makes swastika flags, swastika-bearing steel helmets, SS runes and the most popular item of all: copies of the standard-issue shirt worn by Wehrmacht soldiers in World War II.
(theage)

WW2 Uniforms make museum display one of the best
The other services may have mocked them as The Brylcream Boys but the image of the Spitfire pilot jumping into his cockpit in flying jacket, helmet, and goggles has become one of the most popular images of the Second World War. Yorkshire Air Museum is hosting one of the world`s finest displays of how servicemen around the globe were dressed for the war in the air. Museum chiefs say additions to the Uniform Display have created an exhibit they believe to be unrivalled. The collection covers the history of the Royal Air Force from its formation as the Royal Flying Corps. But there are also examples from many other nations including WWII uniforms.
(yorkshiretoday)

Two stories behind collection of 100 uniforms   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Military exhibitor Charles Covucci has a collection of 100 uniforms from WWII. A New York native, he came up with the idea of collecting military uniforms while attending a Veterans` Day dinner-dance. Before the evening was over, he had, or was promised, six uniforms. From there, it mushroomed. I soon had uniforms from all (U.S. military) branches, even added my father-in-law`s from WWI. I have Maj. Gen. David Dozier`s uniform. You may have heard of him, captured by the Germans during the campaign in Italy, then rescued.
(dailysun)

Prince Harry dressed as a member of Rommel`s Afrika Korps
Prince Harry was pictured in Nazi uniform at a fancy dress party. The photograph showed the Prince of Wales`s youngest son enjoying a drink and a cigarette while dressed as a member of Rommel`s Afrika Korps, complete with a prominent swastika armband. Prince Harry`s uniform, which included a German Wehrmacht or defence force badge, attracted a lot of notice.
(guardian)


See also:
Camouflage
Nazi SS uniform & troubles
Medals
Nazi Memorabilia.