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    German snipers from the Parachute Panzer Division “Hermann Goering" on the streets of the city Bautzen in Saxony, Germany. The man 3rd from right carries a Soviet Mosin Nagant PU sniper rifle.

    • Mark K

      German snipers from the Parachute Panzer Division “Hermann Goering" on the streets of the city Bautzen in Saxony, Germany. The man 3rd from right carries a Soviet Mosin Nagant PU sniper rifle.

    • Vito De

      After several days of bloody house-to-house combat against units of the 1st Ukrainian Front, Scharfschützen from the Fallschirm-Panzer-Div 1. 'Hermann Göring' resting at Kubschütz, suburb in the outskirts of Bautzen, Saxony, Germany. 25 April 1945. by World War 2 Photos, via Flickr

    • Légion 122

      German snipers of the Hermann Goering Division in Bautzen, 1945. Most have scoped G43 rifles, but the man at the far left has an MP41 (and a paratrooper helmet) and the third man from the right appears to have a scoped Mosin Nagant

    • Peetr Jaeger

      What became of these guys? German snipers at Kubschutz near the German town of Bautzen. April 25, 1945. German snipers of the 1st Parachute tanks First Division "Hermann Göring" in Kubshyutse (Kubschütz), captured from the Red Army on the outskirts Bautzen, Saxony.

    • Tassos S

      Snipers of the "Herman Goering" Luftwaffe division that fought as infantry are photographed in Kubschutz, a suburb of Bautzen, Germany on April 25, 1945. The city was overtaken by the Red Army; any of the happy faces in this photo would be shot without much ado, if captured,

    • Karen Sneddon

      mehrseinalsscheinen: Scharfschützen of the Fallschirm-Panzer-Div 1 ‘HG’ pause for a photo after house to house fighting in Kubschütz,  Germany. 25 April 1945.

    • Natan Coelho | Francotiradores alemanes (Bautzen, 1945) | Esta foto representa al equipo de francotiradores perteneciente a la 1ª División Panzer de Paracaidistas, liderada por Hermann Göring. Fuente original

    • Légion 122

      Scharfschützen dari Fallschirm-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 "Hermann Göring" di Pertempuran Bautzen, Silesia Bawah, tanggal 20 April 1945.

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      German snipers 1945 WWII

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    Staff officers of the 1st Panzer Parachute First Division "Hermann Goering" inspect the battlefield on the outskirts of the German city of Bautzen. From heavily damaged buildings can be seen how serious were fighting for the city. April 26, 1945. Amongst the destroyed buildings lies a self-propelled gun ISU-122 Soviet-made with a Polish eagle on the armor. Behind the self-propelled gun is the body of a dead crew member.

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