MORE curious German photographs

Discussion in 'Germany' started by jspitery, May 13, 2011.

  1. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    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 an 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 1939-1945. 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 have added some more interesting photos from my grandfathers album. I'm looking forward to your comments .
     

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  2. Za Rodinu

    Za Rodinu Hot air manufacturer

    Well, bring the photos on, then.

    Welcome to WW2Talk!
     
  3. wowtank

    wowtank Very Senior Member

    Was your Grandfather an officer or enlisted soldier ?
     
  4. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Hello and welcome to the forum-Get 'em posted up !
     
  5. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    What's the best way for me to post them on the Forum where every one can view them clearly?
     
  6. PA. Dutchman

    PA. Dutchman Senior Member

    Welcome jspitery,

    It would be great to see you photos. thank you for offering to share them with us. I am anxious to see them.
     
  7. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    Was your Grandfather an officer or enlisted soldier ?
    He was enlisted. He actually was living in America from 1925-1938 and then decided to move his family back to Germany.
     
  8. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    Welcome jspitery,

    It would be great to see you photos. thank you for offering to share them with us. I am anxious to see them.
    Great! I will Scan and post them all tonight, as soon as I get home.
     
  9. Owen

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  10. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    This is the only picture I have of him in uniform.
    I'll post the images I'm talking about tonight.

    Can't wait to hear your comments.
    Thanks
     

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  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

  12. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    Here is a small group of the pictures. There are others on the same page of the album that show some kind of estate or military base near a lake. I'll post at another date. Looking forward to your comments.

    The first image shows what looks like a group of German officers waiting to receive possibly medals that are sitting on the table just left of the officer standing, speaking to the seated officers. The soldiers seated on the right of the photo in the white uniforms are very skinny and withdrawn very unlike the rest of the group.

    The second photo shows a group of soldiers marching, mixed with standard and white uniforms.

    The third photo shows German officers seated with what I think are their wives and they appear to be waiting for something.

    Any thoughts?
     

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  13. PA. Dutchman

    PA. Dutchman Senior Member

  14. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    thank you very much. I would like to trade stories with you about are dads.
    My Dad was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborn 52nd inf.1944-45. I myself spent 13 years in Hawaii. I've worked as a civilian employee for the Navy at Pearl Harbor and spent a lot of time at Hickam and Schofield. I had the privilege of meeting many WW 2 vets there, including a few Dec 7 Pearl Harbor survivors.
     
  15. Heimbrent

    Heimbrent Well-Known Member

    This is the only picture I have of him in uniform.
    I'll post the images I'm talking about tonight.

    Can't wait to hear your comments.
    Thanks

    It's a Gefreiter's uniform.

    Did I get that right: Your grandfather was in the German Heer and your father was in the 101st Airborne at the same time?!
     
  16. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    He was enlisted. He actually was living in America from 1925-1938 and then decided to move his family back to Germany.

    1938 era and the road to war.There were quite a number of Germans living in the US who were caught in Germany on holiday and were pressed into the German forces.

    Obviously some returned to the fatherland and volunteered due to the nationalistic feeling prevailing at the time.

    Interesting situation regarding father and son who could have met on the battlefield in Western Europe.Was there any chance of that?
     
  17. PA. Dutchman

    PA. Dutchman Senior Member

    The man who wrote this book is a long time friend of mine. Many many Germans migrated to this area over American's life time. Bob lived in Emmaus, Pennsylvania and nearly ever family had a son in the war and nearly all were of German decent but now were Red White and Blue through and through. He wrote a book of his time in the war in Europe.

    Maybe 10 years ago he returned to a town his Unit liberated in Belgium. When the Inn Keeper found out Bob was in the first American troops to liberate their town he refused to accept payment for Bob's room and Bob stayed free at the Inn.

    On the tour he ran into German troops he had fought against in the war, they were on tour as well. He speaks enough German that he was accepted and invited to the German Units Reunion the following year. He did attend and has been back to visit some of the men since.

    Bob always said not every German soldier was a Nazi. Many were men who believed they were doing their duty.

    I won't argue the point, he wrote this book. He still communicates with an Officer of the German Unit that invited him to their reunion.

    Bob did not have any friends in the German Army on the battle field during WWII he has some now years after the war.

    http://www.3ad.com/history/wwll/memoirs.pages/kauffman.pages/book.replacement.htm

    Bob Kauffman joined the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment (AIR), Co D, in Normandy in mid-June, 1944, as a replacement for a rifleman who had been killed. Between then and May, 1945, he was wounded three times, twice hospitalized, and twice rejoined Co D. It is not an exaggeration to say that Kauffman's harrowing close-in experiences as an infantryman, and his close-calls with death, exceeded those of any Hollywood-portrayed soldier, real or fictional. How he somehow survived was nothing short of a miracle. This engrossing book will put you at his side, but, beware, this was a time when infantrymen did not have body armor and bullet-proof helmets. - Vic Damon, 3AD.com staff
     

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  18. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    Yes that's right!
     
  19. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    My grandfather on my Moms side. So he could have met his future Father-In Law on the battlefield.
     
  20. jspitery

    jspitery Member

    Was your Grandfather an officer or enlisted soldier ?
    Have you seen the pictures I've posted?
     

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