Earl Denzil Reese
April 13th, 1945 – A combat engineer snapped this series of photos while riding on back of a truck during the Battle of the Ruhr Pocket. A member of the 395th Infantry Regiment , the photographer captured an amazing scene through the lens of this camera in these images. A group of German soldiers surrenders while riding a motorcycle, waving a white flag in a desperate attempt at self preservation. A cigarette dangles from the hand of sidecar rider.
Over 300,000 German troops were taken prisoner during the March and April battles in the Ruhr Valley of Germany.
7 thoughts on “April 13th, 1945 – 99th Division, 395th Infantry Regiment, in the Ruhr Pocket – Anniversary Post”
It is amazing to me that pictures from 1945 could be scanned in so beautifully for the rest of us to see. Thanks for sharing these. If you get a chance you might like to check out my blog and how to photograph your art! http://segmation.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/how-to-photograph-your-art/. Thanks and enjoy.
Thanks Beth – your blog is great! Do you want me to link to it?
my dad serve in the inf.395, but has the checkaboard patch on his uniforn according to his military records. Was he part of the 99th. or what?
Also what locations area would he be in the Battle of the Bulge?
my gramp was in the 99th inf division 395th inf co G!!!
i have a big picture of him and all of his men of 395th inf Co G! it was taken at Camp Van Dorn Miss September 13 1943! any one have a relative in the same regiment and Co let me know????????
and my gramp wrote all there names on them on the pic!