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Wehrmacht Propagandakompanie

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What started out a few years back as a small idea has now grown to my largest re-enactment venture!

One fateful winter night, around a campfire after a WW2 re-enactment we attended as spectators, we decided to also start doing WW2 re-enacting. But because German kit is so expensive, we decided to do a non-combatant unit, a Kriegsberichtertrupp (war reporter section) of a Wehrmacht Propagandakompanie (PK). "At least we won't have to buy Y-straps" I said...

Now four years later we have a full immersion camp with everything from authentic underwear to a period vehicle and need a truck to carry all our gear! (But att least, I still don't wear Y-straps...)

COMPOSITION

A war reporter (Kriegsberichter) usually worked at divisional or regimental level in conjunction with a cameraman (Bildberichter) and a driver (Kraftsfahrer). These three men constituted a Propagandatrupp or Kriegsberichtertrupp. Several Truppen formed a propaganda platoon (Propagandazug or Kriegsberichterzug) at corps level, while several propaganda platoons constituted a propaganda company (Propagandakompanie) at Army level. Our little group initially consisted of the following:

(a) A Sonderführer as Bildberichter (war photographer).
(b) An Unteroffizier as Wortberichter (war reporter).
(c) A Kraftsfahrer as driver.

As the group expanded the following individuals have been added at some events:

(d) A Leutnant as Lautsprecherberichter (loudspeaker operator).
(e) A Gefreiter as Film-Aufnahmeberichter (film reporter).
(f) One Russian "Hiwi" (Hilfswilliger) to translate Russian propaganda and polish the boots!

We also get frequent visits from a Kriegspharrer (chaplain), while we are currently planning to recruit one or more EM Betreungstrupp (welfare troops) to show movies etc. at re-enactment events.

VEHICLE

Typically a propaganda company had the following vehicles:

(a) Two small cars (Volkswagen) - one for the company commander.
(b) One large car.
(c) One mobile movie truck.
(d) Four mobile movie outfits on trucks.
(e) One ration truck.
(f) One office truck.
(g) One field kitchen.
(h) One clothing truck and armoury.

Our re-enactment unit is focussed around one such period vehicle. Due to the scarcity of original Second World War German vehicles in South Africa, a Kdf-Wagen Type 82E light staff car (leichter Personenkraftwagen) was reconstructed from a later model Volkswagen Beetle. The vehicle is fitted with a roof rack that carries our field and reporting equipment. For some events the vehicle will also be equipped with a set of loudspeakers installed on the roof rack to use it as a Lautsprecherwagen.

PHOTOS

Our first Kriegsberichtertrupp display:

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Das auto:

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"Unsere Hiwi" listening to Russian propaganda transmissions:

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Our impressive Kriegspharrer:

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Being a rear echelon group (REMFs as the 1st SS "Reich's Finest" re-enactors usually refer to us) certainly does have its advanages!

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In the Free State, our conditions are almost similar to the Russian Steppes with winter temperatures easily dropping to -9 deg C.

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Fortunately not all 1940s Contreau bottles were filled with explosives for the Fuhrer...

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Some action photos taken at our re-enactments:

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Photos taken with an original 1940s Zeiss and hand developed:

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"Full immersion" weekends we live 100% 1940s style with everything in our camp as authentic as possible. Our camp and Das Auto:

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Our 1940s DJ:

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The lodging over the weekends are basic:

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Our little wood stove keeps us alive in the sub zero winter nights:

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The LSAH from the Cape Town "Heritage Group" visits us with their Kubelwagen:

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Light camp duty:

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What we do best!

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Grüße!

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very good some great shoots too
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Some pictures showing my Kriegsberichter action(s) :arrow:

http://www.moeschke.estranky.sk/fotoalb ... in-action/

On this web page, there are also other albums with pictures made during various reen events over last 14 months. I hope you will like them. :P
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Until now I lived in Bratislava (Slovakia), few days ago I moved to Brno (Czech republic). So, if I say Czechoslovakia, it is somewhat valid :wink:
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My latest photo "in action". I am very proud of it, because it shows me during a very delicate operation; I was actually changing exposed film for a new one (on this picture I am removing the viewfinder, so I can open the bottom of the camera more comfortably) during the action, so to say "under fire". It was my very first time doing it on the battlefield, and I am very glad I did not mess that up. 8) This reenactment event included a lot of running up and down the slope over long distances, dodging bullets and throwing myself down every 10 steps or so while it was a very hot and sunny summer day. At this particular moment I was already running out of steam, and I was becoming very thirsty... I think the strain is clearly visible on my face :lol:

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Here are the pictures of most of my Leica equipment. Although older my Leica IIIa from 1938 is in very good shape, my 1950 Leica IIIc is not technically in best order so it is undergoing some servicing right now, as well as 1949/1950 Leitz-Summitar lens, but hopefully I will be to make pictures with them very soon, e.g. during the next season. :arrow:

http://www.moeschke.estranky.sk/fotoalb ... i-galeria/
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96. Infanterie Division "Watzmann"
97. Jäger Division "Spielhahnjäger"
90. leichte Afrika-Division
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My last photo album depicting fighting around Foy in Ardennes (1944) :arrow:

http://www.moeschke.estranky.sk/fotoalb ... nnes-2013/

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97. Jäger Division "Spielhahnjäger"
90. leichte Afrika-Division
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This is interesting. Thanks for sharing. Nice photos you got there as well.

just a single item that is dissonant to my eye ... the car has camo netting, I presume as a cover against enemy aircraft, but then has the flag underneath.
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Hi,

thank you very much. You mean the one with US jeep and wounded being loaded on top of it? Well, I am representing German side, so I did not notice this...
I only take pictures in action :P and I very very rarely try to interfere with what is going on because I do not like staged pictures.
I like your FB page, very interesting. :P
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96. Infanterie Division "Watzmann"
97. Jäger Division "Spielhahnjäger"
90. leichte Afrika-Division
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Hehe. I was referring to the beetle in the original post. the willis is fine :)

But thanks for your comments regards the facebook page. Did you see the website as well? it's in the about section.
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OK, my mistake.

Yeah I checked the website also. Can you tell me (maybe PM me would be better, so as not to be off topic) where those uniforms are produced? Thank you! :P
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96. Infanterie Division "Watzmann"
97. Jäger Division "Spielhahnjäger"
90. leichte Afrika-Division
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New pictures, color and B&W from another very interesting reenactment and living history event...

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Here is the link to the whole album :arrow:

http://www.moeschke.estranky.sk/fotoalb ... -2013--f-/

Black&white>
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http://www.moeschke.estranky.sk/fotoalb ... --retina-/

http://www.moeschke.estranky.sk/fotoalb ... 2013--cb-/
Kriegsberichter des Heeres Obfw. Markus Moeschke> http://www.moeschke.estranky.sk/

96. Infanterie Division "Watzmann"
97. Jäger Division "Spielhahnjäger"
90. leichte Afrika-Division
Brigade Ramcke

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