This is the complete frame of one of the most famous stills from the German side in World War II. It is one of several taken (along with newsreel film) on December 18, 1944 near Poteau, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. The men are smoking captured American cigarettes, and they are part of the 1st SS Panzer Division, Kampfgruppe Hansen. The man on the left is holding an FN High Power pistol, and is draped in a 7.92mm MG42 ammunition belt. Ww2, German Soldiers, 1944, Historical Photos, History'S Wars, Army Armors, Belgium, Wars History, Wars Ii
1945--Sergent Clarence Magariea of Carlisle KY, US Infantryman of the 83rd Division holds two captured German SS troopers at bay against a wall in Sart, Belgium. The crossed legs and defiant look of the one on the right and the exposed film thrown down in the snow in front of them make this an interesting picture. Sart was a town where some American army units fell back to after the last great German offensive of the war...In Sart today there is as modest monument to the 82nd Airborne.
WWI: Brigadier- General J.V. Campbell (on bridge) congratulates soldiers of the 46th (North Midland) Division at Riqueval after their successful crossing of the St. Quentin Canal. - Found via Buzzfeed
Brigadier-General J.V. Campbell (on bridge) congratulates soldiers of the 46th (North Midland) Division at Riqueval after their successful crossing of the St Quentin Cana
A young SS soldier, likely of the 12th SS Panzer Divison “Hitlerjugend”, a unit that took 43% of the casualties in the Normandy landings. Most were members of the Hitler Youth, earning it the nickname “Baby Division” by the Allies. Many were so young that rather than standard tobacco/ alcohol ration, they were given chocolate and sweets. In just under a year, the 20,540 members of the division had been whittled down to just 10,000, all of whom surrendered at Enns on May 8, 1945.
The Malmedy massacre, near the Belgian town by the same name, in which 80 American prisoners of war were murdered by their German captors during World War II. The massacre was committed on December 17, 1944, by members of Kampfgruppe Peiper (part of the 1st SS Panzer Division), a German combat unit, during the Battle of the Bulge.