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

  1. Kai-Petri

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    the shoes for the Orel winter are the latest fashion...
     
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    Two latest additions to the collection......

    This one has 'Poland 4 June 1941' handwritten on the reverse. Just about 18 days before Barbarossa......

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    Kharkov, with its extraordinary, Stalinist administration blocks, became a much-photographed 'tourist attraction' for the Wehrmacht. Here's one for the folks back home...

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    Looks like another busy market day in Kharkow... ;)
     
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    Wonder what those men's thoughts were in the first picture (the pre-Barbarossa one)... chilling to think about.
     
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    From all accounts I've read, it was pretty much 'The Fuhrer knows what he is doing...'
     
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    That's the idea I get too from the accounts. But on a personal level... wow.
     
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    I recall reading that there was also talk among men that they would be shipped through the USSR to attack the British troops in the Middle East....
     
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    Yes - Carell's 'Hitler's War On Russia' begins with that quote.
     
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    Just acquired this little set from an antiques dealer in Germany. Obviously, they have been removed from a private photo album.

    Occasionally, in the fun and interest of collecting, I feel that I'm intruding on something private - that I'm looking at something which was intensely personal and also tragic.

    Just two photos - the first is dated 21/7/41 on the reverse and I'm guessing is from the 'Barbarossa' period. Horst Miatki is on the left...

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    The next is a more formal picture....

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    With an inscription on the rear which, from the wording, is written by the soldier himself...

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    This translates as : -

    ' Your old friend as 'ancient warrior' : Horst '

    ' Russia, May 1942'

    And then, the inscription from the album : -

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    Somehow, this struck me as very sad.
     
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    Somewhere in Russia...the distances are huge...

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    Great 'Barbarossa' pics, Kai...... :salute:
     
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    Cheers Martin, hereĀ“s some more....the vastness and death everywhere...

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    And goodbye to Comrades...
     
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    If they only knew what was in store for them!
     
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    If there is a way to identify a name on the grave then I can find the exact place .

    Also the picture with the windmill is most likey Ukraine during the Summer of 1941. ( note the blossoming flowers and ukraine was the wheat attic of the Soviets those days). Note the sandy earth which supposes a dry Summer too.
     
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    After a lengthy break, I've added a couple more to my collection.

    A poor quality snap, but again, I'm fascinated by those Eastern Front 'Vormarsch' photos showing the mighty, mechanized Wehrmacht.....here we see a cyclist, some mounted infantry, a long line of foot-slogging landsers eating the dust of a motorcyclist and some lucky men in cars. The horizon looks featureless and endless...and it looks like a hot day.

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    And another very familiar snapshot. According to an inscription on the rear, this is the grave of Leutnant Otto Kruger buried at Rschew on the Volga, 7th April 1942....

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    Otto seems to be "in good company"... :( serving the Fatherland...
     

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