Eastern Front, Nov 1941: French volunteer belonging to the French Legion fighting on the side of the Germans against Bolshevism. Just like his German comrades, this Frenchman has just an overcoat to defend against the polar Russian coat. He has connected his mittens to the top of the coat with string, lest he loses them.The fur cap with ear protection is a most welcome addition to his kit.
This is a rather rare photo of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel carrying his Leica camera on the front (this photo was most likely shot during the campaign in France in the summer of 1940 when Rommel was still a general). Rommel was an avid enthusiast photographer who must have amassed a significant number of WW2 photos, whose fate is still undetermined.
The commander of the 5th SS Volunteer Assault Brigade "Wallonia" SS Sturmbannfuhrer Leon Degrelle (left) and Gruppenfuhrer SS senior SS and Police Leader in Belgium and Northern France Richard Jungclaus in Charleroi, Belgium on Jan 4, 1944. Degrelle wears the Close Combat Clasp (over left pocket) the highly coveted decoration for hand-to-hand fighting. Jungclaus was KIA in Yugoslavia in 1945. Degrelle escaped to Spain and died in 1994.