April 13th, 1945 – 99th Division, 395th Infantry Regiment, in the Ruhr Pocket – Anniversary Post


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.