Actual WWII Combat Snapshot – 99th Division, 395th Infantry Regiment in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945


Amateur combat snapshots are nearly impossible to find.  I only have a handful in my personal collection, and have only seen them for sale on rare occasions. In this photo, a veteran named Earl Reese snaps a photo while his squad is attacking through a forest on April 13th, 1945 while in the “Ruhr Pocket”.  I have a collection of Reese’s photos and personal memoirs that were saved from the trash bin at an estate sale in California.  Imagine images like these rotting away in a landfill?

 

Is that a ricochet dent on the M1 helmet?

 

 

4 thoughts on “Actual WWII Combat Snapshot – 99th Division, 395th Infantry Regiment in the Ruhr Pocket April 1945

  1. Shame that the 395th was in a different part of the Ruhrkessel… I have yet failed to see some Allied photos (or German ones for that matter) from the region where I live?

  2. My father was in the 395th and earned the Silver Star on April 14, 1945. Do you have any photo’s of the 395th on that day by chance? I’d be most grateful.

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