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980th Field Artillery Battalion Pictures - Training to Germany

Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by ISUnorth, Jun 7, 2012.

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    These look like office or HQ scenes, maybe battalion.

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    I zoomed in on this one and the map on the wall shows eastern Europe from Poland to the Black Seas so maybe this is spring 1945.
     

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    And more tanks, since I am pretty sure you cannot have too many tank pictures.

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    Another from the previously posted StuG series. Father Marvin L. Snyder pictured.

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    Not sure where this was. Rail yard somewhere and panzer that got hit by something BIG maybe during a bombing raid. Looks like another StuG based on the barrel base and the rear drive wheel.
     

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    I'm glad you returned ISU Your commentary on the pictures goes a long way toward helping us to understand what we're seeing.
     
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    Great photos, ISU.
     
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    help me with how you are posting these. I have a bunch I would like to post but need help with the process. some of the pictures I have, I have also seen elsewhere. did they get passed around to the guys in the unit?
    thanks, scott
     
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    Scott,

    1. Not sure where all of my dad's photos came from. I expect some of these were shared and maybe some were taken with German camera's my dad "liberated". I have some old but deteriorated negatives of some of them so am thinking for sure these were my dad's. I have some concentration or labor camp photo pints that were U.S.Army pictures, not pictures my dad took.

    2. Most of the pictures are pretty small originals, approximately 2" x 3", and I have been scanning them at 200dpi if my only purpose is to post here. The originals are not exactly high resolution images.

    3. Posting Images in Threads: As far as posting photos from your own computer you need to hit the "More Replies Options" at the lower right when you start a post. That will open up the attachments link on the lower left to add/upload images from your computer. You are limited to 500KB per post. If you attach an image that is, say, 230KB, it will let you know you can post more but only have 270KB left to "use". It's easy but not obvious from the first reply menu that pops up for us.

    The main menu above each post with the littel picture image allows linking to imaes from web sites like Photobucket etc.

    Russ
     
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    Photos I have left to scan and post:

    1. V-2 rockets and images from the rocket factory at Nordhausen. Cool stuff with the guys posing in front of V-2 rocket sections.

    2. Labor or concentration camp (maybe Nordhausen labor camp).

    3. Mics photos of civilians.

    4. More misc shots of soldiers from the unit.

    5. Destroyed German cities.

    6. My dad on the ship home.
     
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    I can't wait to see them. They sound fascinating.
     
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    Russ and Lou, how about I scan and then send you both a stick with the pictures. no cost to either of you. Just want to share. if this would work just send me a personal email at winegar.scott@yahoo.com with your home address and I will send you a stick with the pictures. scott
     
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    Couple of misc photos of weapons carrier in muddy intersection with bombed out city in background. Location unknown.
     

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    Vehicles at what looks like a checkpoint, see road crossing arms at right. Not sure what is in front of the American half-track on the left. Looks like German track wheels but no idea what it is.

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    Small civilian child with my dad. Not sure where but I think it is after the war in Germany. No one left to ask but i think the story was she was an orphan gal the guys befriended.

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    Some civilians mingling with GI's at bivouac area. Location unknown. Assumed 480th.

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    Liberated street scene. Either France of Belgium. The flags hanging from the buildings could be either French or Belgian but I am guessing French since the top bar of the Belgium flag as black would look darker.

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    Civilian gal. Caption on back of photo says "Barbara Loescher" (last name is hard to make out) with location as "Raeren, Germany". Raeren is in Belgium but she may have been German speaking as many were since it was part of German before WWI. Again, I have vague recollections of some story with this but can't remember. She might have been the gal with the infected hand wound that my dad treated (he was a medic). I have a letter somewhere that some gal in Belgium sent to my grandmother thanking her for my dad's help.

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    Civilian family, rural, location unknown.

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    Dear ISUnorth
    Great pics thank you.
    Do you have any info on where the 980th were exactly from landing in France and then heading north to Cherbourg? Which division were they attached to? I am a D-Day guide in Normandy and we have a group who want to track the 'Ghost Army ' unit that masqueraded as the 980th, drawing fire, all the way up to Cherbourg from Ste Mere Eglise.
     
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    Been lagging on my scanning to this board but it's Veteran's Day so sharing this one I scanned for Facebook today.

    It's my dad at Nordhausen, Germany in 1945 wearing the medic helmet that he didn't like because he thought it was like a bulls-eye target. :)
     

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