A US vet took photos all the way through Europe, from DDay to the Elbe, from his Tank Destroyer. His album contains his own war photos from his own camera...and several shots of German soldiers. These are smiling, living Germans, taken on a different camera owned by one of those Germans, but which fell into the US vet's hands when he found the camera in their destroyed Panther tank. The US vet drove an M-10 and M-36 in Tank Destroyer Battalion 899. Fought from DDay (came ashore in 6th wave at Utah) to end of war in Europe. Operation Cobra, Hurtgen Forest, crossed Rhine on Ludendorff Bridge, liberated camps at Nordhausen, ended at Elbe River. His personal photo album is incredible. It is soon to go to a museum (side question: any one have ideas for which one I should direct it to to?) When I looked at it, I noticed some pics that were different. Turning a page, I saw smiling black-uniformed German soldiers standing near their Panther tank. Then, I saw a few more with same soldiers, in other battlefield and camp poses. They were clearly facially identifiable. Their tank bears clear numbering. They are healthy and happy in all shots. The vet explained he "found a camera" in a destroyed Panther, liked it, and shot the rest of the roll before adding it to all his others waiting to be developed when he got home. So half the resulting shots were by the German owner, who apparently died when his Panther was destroyed. (I have no death shots...the only pics like that are of the V-2 plant at Dora. Horrible. These shots will go to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.) The vet didn't have much else to say about the German's shots. I don't even know for sure if he is the one who got their tank. Now, he has passed. it is time to donate the album. Also, the family has given me permission to research the matter, if I can (and also donate all original photos to a worthy museum). I have found some 899th unit AARs, and, sure enough, the vet's Company A was involved in a Panther kill on July 11, 1944. The AAR gives the 6 digit map coordinates for that action. So, I have German soldier photos I want to try and ID with names to faces. I have the number of their German Panther tank. I have a date of the likely final event for their tank. I have the location, if I can figure out how to use the US map coordinates. I have clear pictures of faces. Is this enough to have a chance? Are German military records searchable online like some US records are? Can I get names of soldiers assigned to a given tank (or unit) at a given time in the German army? If I get to the names, did Germans take soldier photos for ID records? Or, even if possible, is this just a bad idea that wouldn't be well received on the German end? Do I have any real chance in the first place, based on what I have to go on?? Any opinions and/or practical ideas are welcome!! I can't get over the idea that there could be surviving descendants or family some place that would like to have returned to them some of the last photos taken by their deceased family vet during the war. Finally, if this is not the correct forum section for this post, please redirect. Also, if anyone knows of any other forums or sites I might try for help, please offer! Thanks in advance.