WWII Photo Negative – German Prisoners Captured in Munich, May 1945 – Event Captured on Film!


It’s not often that I’m able to link an amateur still photograph with a professional moving film, but I’ve been able to do it here.  In this particularly crisp shot, a member of the Anti-Tank Company of the 222nd Infantry Regiment snapped a shot of a group of Munich city officials and policemen surrendering in the main center of Munich.  I thoroughly researched this set of images and was able to track down living members of the Company who remember the events in the images.  A rare opportunity!

222nd Munich

222nd Munich

 

Here’s a video that captures this exact scene.  http://www.criticalpast.com/video/65675075225_German-officers_United-States-officers_conference_prisoners-marched-along-street

Please skip ahead to 00:44 to view the quick clip of this scene.  Trucks of the 222nd Anti-Tank company can be seen escorting thousands of German POW’s in the next scene.  I’ve included a screengrab for those of you who can’t view the video.  The film was shot by Sgt. Fred Bornet, a well-known combat photographer who made recent news when he gave an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered in 2004.  Please check out this: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1914938

222nd Screengrab

222nd Screengrab

 

 

WWII 1st Division “Big Red One” 16th Infantry Regiment Wartime Photo Grouping – German Escapee Shot in Leg


Snapped by a member of the 16th Infantry Regiment towards the tail end of the war near Falkenau, Czechoslovakia, the following pair of photos gives a brief glimpse of some of the encounters made by US infantry troops during the closing period of the war.  In this instance, a German soldier dressed in civilian garb was shot in the leg with an M1 while attempting to run away from the concentration camp near Falkenau.  Luckily for him, a medic is standing in the left center of the image.

 

 

WWII 9th Armored Division B/W Negative – Captured Hitler Youth Last-Ditch “Boy Soldiers” Smoking Cigarettes


These young German soldiers, likely taken directly from the rank of a local Hitler Youth group, were captured somewhere outside of Leipzig Germany in May of 1945.  The recent discovery of a 600+ negative grouping from a chaplain in the 9th armored division yielded this yielded this gem of an image.  The emotion and raw sadness of the war can be seen in the eyes of the boy smoking the cigarette in the left side of the photo.  They can’t be more than eight or nine years old.