Took time recently to do a few days worth of research into information on volunteer nurses stationed in Finland with the Waffen SS. I found this very unique photo of a Norwegian volunteer front nurse, and had to colorize it.
After posting it on a colorized photo forum a very well-read acquaintance shed some light on who this is. Front Nurse Grete Knudsen. She served with an SS-Gebirgsjäger unit in Finland, as denoted by her cap Edelweiß. Next to her ‘frontsösters’ bag hangs a Finnish Puukko knife. Her brother Hans-Christian was an SS-Untersturmführer and was killed Feb. 25, 1943 by sniper fire near Gongozi ,Russia; she wears a black armband in mourning.
She and others like her are featured in this short and rather sad documentary that sheds light on Norwegian volunteer nurses and how post-war shunned they were and still are for volunteering medical services with the German military. Her personality, tinged with elderly pain and 60+ years of pride and guilt, is as bright as ever. Very glad to have learned such an amazing amount of history in such a short amount of time. Her section is linked, but I suggest you watch the whole film.
Kurt “Panzer” Meyer
F-5B-1-LO Lightning aircraft (photo reconnaissance variant of the P-38J)
Finnish StuG III
Curtiss P-40N Warhawk “Little Jeanne”
WWII Soldier, member of the US Navy underwater demolition team
Original US Navy caption:
WARRIOR IN TRUNKS-NAVY UNDERWATER DEMOLITION TEAMS BLASTED INVASION CHANNELS TO THE BEACHES
Carrying out some of the most dangerous and difficult assignments of the war, members of these teams, unarmed and garbed only in swimming trunks, swam to action, braving enemy fire to destroy with explosives any natural and man-made obstacles on the beaches. U. S. Navy Photo
Four Wehrmacht soldiers perform in drag for their comrades, Scandinavia, 1943 -
“Tank commander, Ft. Knox, Kentucky, June 1942.”
March 19, 1943, Adolf Hitler (center), Albert Speer (right) and other officials arrived at the landfill in Ryugenvalde (now Darlowo, Poland), where he was presented superheavy 800mm rail gun "Dora" (80-cm-Kanone (E) and the prototype ACS Sd.Kfz.184 «Ferdinand” ..
this fucking gun