Anyone here know what that thingy is sitting on the neck of the soldier on the right?
That's what I was thinking too, but I don't see any radio, unless it's on his right side. However, mobile radios weren't exactly small back then, so I would think one would either see a part of the radio, or at least a strap around his shoulder attached to the radio. I suppose the headset could be detachable, and the radio is sitting off to the side out of frame.Headset for a radio?
Looks like a wire crossing his collar.
Very possible.Four men, all wearing tanker jackets and only two carbines, maybe a tank crew?
Would that hood be something worn in July?Given the fact that this is as you say a propaganda photo, they could be four guys from the Graves Registration Platoon.
And that "thing" is probably the hood that came with the tanker jacket.
EDIT: These hoods do not attach to the jacket collar but are an independent article of wear. I think he is wearing the hood under his helmet, but has the chin strap fastened across the nape of his neck , exposing the pile lining (why it looks like a fury squirrel on his neck).