Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Picture Quiz

What links the riots in Kiev (below) to the trio of pics beneath showing (a) SS-Oberführer Fritz Freitag (b) a group of veterans dressed in typical British Farah slacks and polyester blazers and (c) a symbol exhibited by footie fans in Lviv in 2013?





8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Summink to do with Lions?

Coney Island

DeeDee99 said...

The Lion Rampant is in the lower two - can't see it in the top one but perhaps it's something to do with that.

right_writes said...

Just a minute Rsedwald!

You aren't drawing comparisons between our governments' confusion...?

One day, there are "rebels" in Syria that need supporting because they are really up against it...

They are fighting against institutionalised socialism, as practised in a rather violent manner by the government of that country...

The next day, they are fighting against the rebels, because they don't have the foggiest idea what is going on!

Meanwhile, back in the USSR...

The leader of that old nation, under new leadership is defending our interests against a real and traditional enemy, whilst our leader's support the wrong side again...

Am I close?

Do I get a CDM?

right_writes said...
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right_writes said...

Sorry... Raedwald!

Jonty111 said...

Emblem of the 14th Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS.(1st Ukranian)

G. Tingey said...

Azure a Lion rampant or, three crowns of the same .....

Raedwald said...

Jonty has it; it's a strange story, not at all straightforward.

The current riots in Kiev seem to be about countering the government's denying Ukraine's role in helping Hitler - which Putin uses as political ammo.

In addition to widespread use of (volunteer) Ukrainians in the extermination camps in Poland, they served rather more creditably in this Waffen or fighting SS unit, which came up rather well against the Russians.

Almost uniquely, Ukranian members of the 14th Rgt when captured by the Western United Nations were not returned to Russia - and the vast majority of them were resettled in either the UK or Canada. In the 1990s there were still a fair number of them holding remembrance services dressed little differently to any group of British Legion veterans - except onlookers would have been puzzled to identify the regiment from the curious Lion blazer badge. Few can have realised these were actually ex-SS men - and I can't recall the papers ever picking this up.

A little bit of Himmler on the village green ...