Snow had fallen when this picture was taken in 1946.
The central figure on the shield is the eagle.
In the book "A Guide to Heraldry" by Ottfried Neubecker, it states that the eagle and related species are the most widely used symbols for God and heaven. (p.110) He states that the Hittites used the double eagle as a symbols of sovereignty. He goes on to state that Emperor Charlemagne (800 AD) used an "imperial eagle" to symbolize his sovereignty, and it would seem that ever since this time it had become the emblem of Germany.
Well on this snow covered day in 1946, I wonder how many folks were between "God and heaven". At least these two fellas were still on earth.