A young SS soldier, most likely of the 12th SS Panzer Divison “Hitlerjugend”, a unit that took 43% of the casualties in the Normandy landings.
Most of the men of the Division were members of the Hitler Youth, earning it the nickname “Baby Division” by the Allies. Many of those recruits were so young that rather than tobacco and alcohol ration, standard for the German Army, they were given chocolate and sweets. In just under a year, the 20,540 members of the division had been whittled down to just 10,000, all of whom surrendered at Enns on May 8, 1945.
French students from the Sorbonne in the Luxembourg Gardens - 1950
Guys from my University !
Luftwaffe ground crew resting near a Fw 190. Notice the parachute and gear in case of scramble. Generally ground crew left the parachute on the left wing with the straps pending under the wing so pilots could basically jump right in and get in the cockpit.
A USAAF B-25 sinks Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze off the coast of Xiamen, China, 6 April 1945
wow, amazing set.
They broke through ! Elements of the 1st DFL on a British armored car who fought their way out of the encircled camp. They have a French flag bearing the insignia of the colonial troops.
They left behind them the most severly wounded men. The German high command issued the order to execute free French troops that were considered as rebels and irregulars. De Gaulle replied at the BBC “If any soldier is harmed, we’ll shot our German prisoners too”. The first order was immediately suspended.
Doctor Bernasse, one of the doctors at the Bir Hakeim camp, in front of his crippled ambulance. Doctor Bernasse recalled after the war :
“During the battle, a legionnaire brought me a German prisoner that was missing an arm. I wondered how he still had the strength to walk under such a cruel sun without help. When the soldier noticed I was an officer, he gave me an impeccable military salute. This scene struck me. It illustrates very well the value and honor of German soldiers that composed the Afrikakorps”