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Glockenspiel-Xylophon Musikkorps der Leibstandarte-ϟϟ "Adolf Hitler", circa 1936

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Glockenspiel (Xylophon) appartenuto al Musikkorps der Leibstandarte-ϟϟ "Adolf Hitler".
Questo strumento, che significa letteralmente suono (Spiel) delle campane (Glocken), fu l'unico, sulla cui sommità, ad avere inastata la Reich Adler.
Dal 1933 fino al 1945, il Musikkorps utilizzava, durante le sue esibizioni (parate), solamente un musicista di Glockenspiel e si stima che in questo arco di tempo non furono più di 3 gli strumenti che si avvicendarono.
Pertanto è da considerarsi un cimelio molto raro relativamente il collezionismo di materiale del III Reich.
Lunghezza Totale dello Strumento è 114 cm e la sua Larghezza Massima è 54 cm.

Il Musikkorps der Leibstandarte-ϟϟ "Adolf Hitler" fu costituito il 4 Agosto 1933, ed era inizialmente composto da 36 musicisti al "comando" del ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer Hermann Müller-John. Nel 1934 l'orchestra fu stata ampliata a 72 uomini, selezionati sulle capacità musicali, fisiche e sopratutto sulla genealogia razziale, in quanto erano effettivamente membri della Leibstandarte "Adolf Hitler". Il Musikkorps aveva in forza 108 musicanti, ma solo 96 in forza effettiva. L'educazione musicale ha avuto luogo presso la Staatl. Hochschule für Musik e in diversi conservatori. L'addestramento militare e la conseguente "formazione da parata" si svolgeva insieme alla I./LAH sotto il comando del Truppführern Schmidl.

ENGLISH VERSION:
Glockenspiel belonged to Musikkorps der Leibstandarte-ϟϟ "Adolf Hitler."
This instrument, which literally means sound (Spiel) of the bells (bells), was the only one, at the top, to have the Reich Adler.
From 1933 until 1945, the Musikkorps used, during her performances (parades), only a musician of Glockenspiel, and it is estimated that in this period of time were not more than three instruments that alternated.
Therefore, it is considered one of the rarest objects relatively the collecting of the Third Reich material.
Instrument Total length is 114 cm and its maximum width is 54 cm.

The Musikkorps der Leibstandarte-ϟϟ "Adolf Hitler" was made up of 4 August 1933, and was initially composed of 36 musicians in the "command" of ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer Hermann Müller-John. In 1934 the orchestra was been expanded to 72 men, selected on musical ability, physical, and especially on the racial genealogy, as it were indeed members of the Leibstandarte "Adolf Hitler." The Musikkorps had under 108 musicians, but only 96 in the effective force. The musical education took place at the Staatl. Hochschule für Musik and in several conservatory. Military training and the consequent "parade formation" was held together with I./LAH under the command of Truppführern Schmidl.

The Musikkorps was formed on 04.08.1933, 36 musicians under "command" of ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer Hermann Müller-John. In 1934 the orchestra was expanded to 72 men, selected on musical, health and racial qualifications. In the end the korps had a Sollstärke of 108 Musiker, but actual strength was 96 men. Musical education took place at the Staatl. Hochschule für Musik and in severalKonservatorien, military training (parade training) took place together with I./LAH under command of Truppführern Plöw and Schmidl. Info about several concerts is given, if you're interested.
Müller-John's official title was Leibstandarten-Obermusikmeister, called Obumei by his men. He was 1. Musik-Inspizient der ϟϟ-VT and Mitglied des Reichs-Kultur-Senats. He made some radical changes to the orchestra, by adding Saxophones and other "Bigband" influences. He was respected by people like Prof. Erich Schumann and Erich Gutzeit (both composers) and Heeres-Musik-Inspizient Prof. Hermann Schmidt.
In 1945 he committed suicide in Austria, together with his wife and daughter. According to Lehmann this was his way to find peace with his involvement in the killing of 50 Polish civilians in 1939 (of whom several were Jewish).
According to Hstuf. Keilhaus and Hstuf. Ewert, the Musikkorps was shot at from a group of houses when their bus halted on a square. Several men were killed or wounded. Müller-John ordered the men of the Musikkorps and the medical column to search the houses. Weapons were found and the captured men were shot. v.Reichenau and von Rundstedt ordered a conduct and a trial and Müller-John was found guilty by a military court. Dietrich complained to Hitler and the führer signed a pardon. Officially because "crimes committed out of anger caused by the way the Poles treated the Volksdeutschen should not be punished". But Müller-John considered himself guilty of a war crime. According to Weingartner he told Paul Hausser: Wo das Verbrechen beginnt, hört die Kameradschaft auf!"
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