Snapshots taken during combat situations are the Holy Grail for WWII photo collectors. In this case, a soldier in the 395th Infantry Regiment of the 99th Division snapped a photo during a firefight with Germans near a dike in Neustadt, Germany. A great action shot! To make this shot even more amazing, I found an original film shot shortly after the same episode in the exact same postion. This time the dike has been fortified with sandbags and pontoon boats. Look for the 0:39 second mark.
Snapped by a man named Earl Reese, a member of the 395th Infantry Regiment of the 99th Division.
Casual followers of this blog will know that the majority of my slides and photos are mainly portraits and posed scenes, although a few capture moments of combat, the vast majority of WWII snapshots floating around the web were taken at leisure during down-time after combat. A recent set of photos to come into my possession show an uncommon view of front line fighting. This is my third set of photos of this type, the other two being from the 99th and 42nd Divisions. This set comes from a veteran of the 347th Infantry Regiment of the 87th “Golden Acorn” Division.
Russian Slave Laborers Looting
Tanks and Infantry Advance in Schietz
Dead German in Street
Sherman Tanks in Plauen Germany
Captured German Police Helmet
Captured German Belt
Unit Crest of the 347th
The Runner up for Unit Crest Design
Many more to come!