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Discussion in 'Photographs and Documents' started by Martin Bull, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Just recently I've started getting together a little collection of those snapshots characteristic of the Wehrmacht. I've kept mainly to the Eastern Front - one wonders what fate held in store for many of the men pictured.

    Here's my latest - on the back is written 'Auf der Fahrt nach Russland'


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    with ; -

    Uffz. Sehimmele
    Gefr. Hellrich
    Gefr. Burkhard
    Schirrm. Florschutz
    Gefr. Kugelmeier ( stehend )
     
  2. Kai-Petri

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    Nice pic, Martin!

    Must be early part of the trip, still smiling... ;)
     
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    Good pic, Martin.
     
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    Poppy grasshopper Patron  

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    I too wonder about the fate of any of the people pictured in old war photo's and how they and their families managed after.
     
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    At least these men have their names behind the pic and can be identified. Good pic.
     
  7. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Next one up and I'm cheating....this one certainly isn't in Russia. But the rear is marked 'March 1941' and it has a certain atmosphere to it. It's a long troop-train and look at the civilians on the roadway ; are they just waving, or is that a 'Hitler-grusse' I can see..........?

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    I really like this one, though....if it were in colour, you could almost be on that train.
     
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    Those are very nice pics Martin, your right about the last one - 'you are on the train' feel about it .......be a prime juicy target too for a roaming fighter!
     
  9. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    This one is Russia. Poor quality but hey - taking a pic today through the windscreen of a moving vehicle isn't that easy, and they didn't have digital cameras in 1941.......;)

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  10. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    Next up - more trucks raising dust in the advance of 1941 ; and a long column of prisoners......

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    Nice photos Martin !!
     
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    Is that a kiosk on post 7 ?
     
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    that must have been a heck of a camera and photographer
     
  14. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    I really don't know....looking at the original under a magnifying glass, I'm wondering if it is some kind of religious structure such as a wayside shrine or small chapel ?

    ( Under the same magnifier, yes - those definitely are Hitler salutes. Makes me wonder if this is Germany, or Austria....? )
     
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    A chapel would make sense but the poster stuck on it makes me wonder.
     
  16. Martin Bull

    Martin Bull Acting Wg. Cdr

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    The poster looks more like a painting...all very mysterious....:confused:
     
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    I think I got it Martin, it could be a mortuary chapel to commemorate the death of a loved one. I remember seeing those in Greece and Othodox countries, so your picture could have been taken in the Balkans (Yougoslavia, Albania or Greece) in 1941. Some are stone, others have a glass door with a candle.

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  18. Martin Bull

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    Here's another one from the passenger seat....barely legible on the reverse is written : 'Russland im Sommer 1941 : vor Kerchitschew' (?)

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    I´d love to see this photo series end in front of Moscow?! Go Martin Go!
     
  20. Martin Bull

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    Another one dated 1941 - a bit of 'battlefield tourism', maybe ? ( Note the red cross on the door of the car )......

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