A group of Luftwaffe officers pose together for a photograph. The caption reads: Die Unteroffiziere der Batterie nach dem Unterricht unter den "zwei Pinien" März 1943. The NCOs of the battery after the classes under the "two pines" March 1943 This leads us to believe that these men are the officers of a Luftwaffe AA battery of some sorts, likely on the Eastern Front.
A studio portrait photo of three German artillery NCOs. One of them (with sword) is a Sgt Major (Etatmässige Feldwebel) Other 2 are Unteroffizier(corporals). The shoulder boards show MW (Minenwerfer) indicating there are mortar artillery soliders. This also explains the two EK2's as Minenwerfer was one of the most dangerous jobs as an artilleryman.
Two Luftwaffe soldiers sit on a balcony smoking in Athens, Greece. The man on the right is a Gefreiter. In the background is Mount Lycabettus and the dome of St Dionysius the Areopagite Church. The tunic pockets have straight edges, indicating they are likely M43's meaning this photo was taken around 1943 or later. The map coordinates are also accurate as I referenced map location using Google Maps.
Engelbert Friebl and his crew on sound location equipment in Germany. It consists of four acoustic horns, a horizontal pair and a vertical pair, connected by rubber tubes to stethoscope type earphones worn by the two technicians left and right. The stereo earphones enabled one technician to determine the direction and the other the elevation of the aircraft.The acoustic locator could detect targets at distances from 5 to 12 km, depending on weather conditions, operator skill, and the size of the target formation. It gave a directional accuracy of about 2 degrees. The back reads Engelbert Friebl and comrades. This type of equipment was phased out by 1940 so the image is most 1936-1940.
A Heer NCO with his wife for a wedding photo after just previously being wed. We know he is a NCO by the NCO tresse on his collar. He also is wearing a Silver Assault badge and a Iron Cross 2nd Class (EK2). He also wears a M41 uniform with a salvaged M36 collar. (This was not uncommon as many soldiers preferred the old bottle green collars to the newer matching feldgrau collars.)
A Oberfeldwebel in a M36 uniform with a SA Sports Badge and a Iron Cross Second Class (EK2) poses for a photo outside of his home with his wife. The stripes on his selves indicate an appointment as a Hauptfeldwebel. Men like him were commonly referred to as Die Mutter der Kompanie (mother of the company) or Der Spieß (the spear). These were top soldiers, and in times of emergency often took command.
A group of Heer soldiers standing on a front porch after a soccer match. The back reads: Das war nach einem Fussballspiel, deshalb so ein abgehetztes(?) Gesicht. Kennst du die Schuhe noch? English: This was after a football match, therefore such an exhausted (?) face. Do you still know these shoes?