Thursday, April 23, 2020

Surrendering German "Kamarad" soldiers

"Kamerad" (comrade) is the word the German soldiers employ when offering to surrender to Allied troops during WW1 and WW2. At these photos you can see two German soldiers with upraised hands yelling "Kamerad." These "Kamerad" soldiers were produced by Durso (Belgium) since 1940 and became a symbol of the Liberation of Belgium from German occupation in 1944. We can also see that these soldiers were listed as the ""Kamarad" soldier" in the Durso 1940 catalog. So it was their official name given by Durso. During the German occupation, Michel Klimov (1905 - 2004), the Durso founder, was taken to the Gestapo of Liege for questioning and was ordered to cease production of the "Kamarad" soldiers. He was lucky to escape the German prosecution.
Here I also photographed some figures produced by another Belgian company - Triumf in the end of 40s (The German  soldier wearing a forage cap and the Red Army soldier in a overcoat).







2 comments:

  1. Very unusual I've never seen these surrendering soldiers before.

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    1. I wouldn't say that they are very rare...But last years you can find them less often...

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