I would really like some ones help on understanding what is going on in a selection of photographs I found in my grandfathers photo album.
They seem to depict some kind of ceremony in a outdoor square. Where men wearing some plain white uniforms are sitting on folding chairs with German officers all around them.
My Grandfather was a German soldier from 1940-1945. He was captured by the French and put in a POW camp which he escaped from and made his way back to Germany.
I'm wondering if what's pictured is a ceremony repatriating captured soldiers
back into German service.
I will post the photos soon if anyone is interested in helping me solve this mystery.
I don't think these photos are related to repatriating captured soldiers. Even though the uniforms are mixed, they appear complete. It's generally the case, that in captivity, it is not possible to replace worn and lost uniform items.
And captivity with the French could be particularly rough. I understand they put a lot of pressure on German captives to join the Foreign Legion.
In any case I think it was many years after the war before Germany had any sort of military service. Returned PoW's would probably be 'discharged', unceremoniously, by the occupying government.
Except for the mix of officers and enlisted, I would guess some sort of rest and recreation activity. Or perhaps some sort of relaxation time for his unit, perhaps during occupation duty.
Are the white uniforms an indication of an early war period?
And please pardon our distraction with your family story, it is fascinating. I assume you meant your father served with the 502d Parachute Infantry Regiment (five-o-deuce)?
PA Dutchman - Thanks for the book link, I have only one other title from the armored infantry. When I find a few more titles, I will be ordering.