WWII Portraits – Headshots of the 739th Field Artillery Battalion


I’m trying something new with this post…… I recently purchased a large lot of headshots of unnamed members of the 739th Field Artillery Battalion.  All the photos were taken in a single sitting in a German studio by a photographer named Lothar Schilling.  I’m currently in the process of identifying each of the men using a unit history with group shots of each particular battery….. more to come on that…….

The image below was created by taking a cropped view of each photo and adding them together in quick succession.  Each face is rendered as an individual frame to create a soundless film of the entirety of the group.  I thought it was interesting to see the vast differences in each facial expression of the 90+ man group.  Complete photo lots like this are hard to come by, especially with such high image quality.

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4 thoughts on “WWII Portraits – Headshots of the 739th Field Artillery Battalion

  1. Pingback: WWII Portraits – Headshots of the 739th Field Artillery Battalion – FOLLOWUP! | Portraits of War

  2. My Grandfather Paul Tenenbaum was in the 739th FAB in WWII. I have some photos I have several photos trying to find out more maybe you can help.

  3. My father was a 1st Lieutenant (later promoted to Captain) in the 739th. It sounds like you have the “Fire Mission” book. He’s on page 77 in the back row, and also on p. 95 in the center of the back row. I didn’t see his headshot in your Bad Soden collection; possibly he missed the session or the collection was incomplete.

    I may have some photographs that he took during the campaign. Unfortunately they’re not well annotated. Let me know if you’re interested.

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