WWII Original Combat Snapshot – 99th Division Soldiers Fight in Neustadt, Germany


 

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.

http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675049536_United-States-99th-Infantry-Division_crossing-Danube_soldiers-rest_behind-dikes

 

Source: CriticalPast.com

WWII Combat Photography of the 87th Division in Germany – 347th Infantry Regiment


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

Women in Rubble

 

Captured German Belt

Unit Crest of the 347th

The Runner up for Unit Crest Design

Many more to come!