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|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:04 pm|
| They are from the Hugo Jaeger collection of 2000+ Third Reich Color photographs, taken by a war correspondant with the latest in color photography..Agfachrome..color film.
German columns cross the Danube from Romania to Bulgaria during the Balkans campaign against Greece and Yugoslavia in Spring 1941.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:06 pm|
|German Troops cross onto pontoon bridges over the Danube into Bulgaria in early 1941.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:12 pm|
| It hard to imagine these pictures were taken way before the big battles on the eastern front, before Stalingrad, the summer and winter campagins,..the Ploiesti Bombings and hard airbattles, and the bombing of Bucharest itself.
The color makes you think these pictures were taken yesterday..
Here are some more pictures from the same set, in Bulgaria.
These pictures were taken shortly after those taken in Bucharest.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:14 pm|
|German wehrmacht units pass through a Bulgarian town having crossed the Danube from Romania, 1941.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:17 pm|
|Passing through a small Bulgarian Village, a German soldier leans on a Donkey eating an egg.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:21 pm|
| Villagers from a Bulgarian village offer a German motorcylist a drink of Kefir.
Kefir is a thick sour milk that is very healthy and originates from the caucasus and apparently makes peoples live up to 120 years of age or so)
(i got some in my fridge)
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:24 pm|
|Germans in the same village prepare to leave. They are now headin to Sofia.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:26 pm|
|Photographin themselves with an "Esel" (Donkey) from the same village, germans are having a good time.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:30 pm|
|Having organized their mobile transportation, the Germans look on as their translator is trying to decipher bulgarian reading from a dictionary. The German understands bulgarian as much as the donkey understands german.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:34 pm|
|Mountaintroops (Gebirgsjaegern) pause to play cards, smoke, and listen to guitar and acordeon music in the heights somewhere in Bulgaria, Spring 1941.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:37 pm|
| Germans pass through a town close to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
A bulgarian Fraulein greets them with food.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:39 pm|
| Sofia, Bulgarian capital.
A german controlls the traffic.
For some this is the final destination before crossing the mountains into Greece.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:44 pm|
| In Yugoslavia, a German soldiers has attracted a large group of children, with his two seat motorcycle.
The kids have probably never seen this before. They get the priviledge to be fotographed in it.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:49 pm|
|Yugoslavian kids and some women pose with a wehrmacht man in his BMW motorcycle. Certainly the first time they get to sit in one.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:51 pm|
| Into Greece -
After going through Romania, crossing the Danube, through Bulgaria the Germans march into Yugoslavia and cross the mountains into Greece.
A field artillery piece is towed up the mountain road in Greece.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:54 pm|
|A newly established airfield on the Greek-Bulgarian border. A fighter unit of Messerschmitt 109E's is stationed here.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 14, 2005 11:57 pm|
|On the same airfield, a Stuka sits with it's engine covered, waiting to be scrambled in support of the army operations in Greece.|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 15, 2005 12:01 am|
| Always forward, (forwarts!) Infantry columns and horses march to and over the mountains on the horizon into Greece.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 15, 2005 12:09 am|
| "To new horizons"
The never stopping German mountain troops march forward through the mountains of Greece during the balkans campaign of 1941...
The campaign would be over soon in just a few weeks, with minimal casualties.
The Germans would take some 233,000 Greek and 21,000 British prisoners.
German losses for the entire campaign would be 2559 dead, 5820 wounded and 3169 missing.
Soon the war with Russia would beginn.
It would be different and incomparable to anything they've seen before..
The war in russia would not last a few weeks but 4 bloody years..And the majority of those men seen in these photohraphs would not survive.
|Posted by: C-2 January 15, 2005 03:34 pm|
| No many cars in the wermacht those days..
On mules,horses,Donkeys and mainly by foot.
Oh yes a solitar Zundapp moto.......
We can see that there were no Ford GM and Chrisler in Geremany
|Posted by: Dénes January 15, 2005 05:01 pm|
Actually, AFAIK there was. Ford trucks were manufactured in Germany during the 1930s (and in Rumania, too).
|Posted by: mabadesc January 15, 2005 06:03 pm|
| Awesome pictures! Thanks for posting, Maresal!
Yes, in the first half of the war, the Germans relied mainly on horse-drawn supply and equipment carriages. It still surprises me when I see the pics., although I am aware of it. I think we all have this myth of a fully motorized, high-tech German army, which was not necessarily true.
|Posted by: johnny_bi January 15, 2005 09:43 pm|
|Nice to see those "fully donkey motorized" German units . The quality of these photos is outstanding... Which is the source of these photos ?|
|Posted by: C-2 January 16, 2005 05:43 pm|
| Great photos!
With shining boots,national socialisn spirit and on foot.
That's the way they thought a world wil be concuerd
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 17, 2005 06:21 am|
Good to hear from you.
Haven't heard from you in a while...
Maybe I'll post some more of these so that you and others get to see the >>reality<< of the second world war as it was, in color, and not the way it is told today. If a b/w picture speak a 1000 words a color photograph speaks, alot more.
It's either that, or we learn history from..Disney Land or Wiesenthaldotcom.
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 17, 2005 06:29 am|
| A few more pictures from the same set I have posted here, in the Bucharest forum. They are good too.
I should start with pictures of 3rd reich, of the march in sudetenland, of Anschluss in Austria, of the war in Poland, in France, Belgium, Holland, the Balkans and then the Russian Campaign.
I have color photos from them all, and alot more from the same collection.
This is the most profound of color images i've ever seen. I keep staring at it..
"It's dated, Russia 1942, bloody battles in the south. A Infantryman's hand has just been blown off (ripped off) by a Shell. It lies in front of him on the grass.
His comrades and a medic are doing all they can"."
I have this and others from the Russian campaign which I will post shortly here.
This will be very interesting to see and learn from . See you soon.
|Posted by: dragos January 17, 2005 08:48 am|
|Der Maresal, what is the source of the photographs?|
|Posted by: Victor January 17, 2005 09:15 am|
|It's mentioned in the first post.|
|Posted by: Dénes January 17, 2005 02:03 pm|
| Is it the soldier's left forearm lying in the grass?
|Posted by: C-2 January 17, 2005 08:19 pm|
|BTW I vote for this photo as the best ever posted on this forum!|
|Posted by: Der Maresal January 17, 2005 08:49 pm|
....wait until you see the others..
|Posted by: Dénes November 14, 2005 06:28 pm|
| I couldn't find a better thread for this very nice and rare photo:
A captured SU-85 from 128 Pz.Jg.Abt. 23 Pz. Div., Rumania, Summer of 1944.
|Posted by: Helmut Von Moltke August 30, 2006 01:35 pm|
| excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing.
|Posted by: Petre April 24, 2012 06:45 pm|