The Third Reich in Colour

Discussion in 'Axis Units' started by Jba45ww2, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Patron Patron

    Many years back I purchased a lot of slides that included about 200 of them in color. It was the first time I had owned any private pictures that were originals that were not black and white. I just purchased a very good scanner so I thought I would give it a try, Most of the slides are from France and welcome as always any feedback. Also need to work on cleaning up some of the "noise" on the slides. First try
    Each contains three trays with 50 slides
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  2. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Patron Patron

    I have been working with my scanner and wanted to add a few more slides.
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  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    I like these, mate. Always interested in military but also inconsequential 'human' photos.
    Does it mention a film stock on the slides anywhere? (Intrigued camera collector here.)
    They don't look damaged to me, just a bit dusty.

    Gun Jesus did a nice video recently on that strange 'little' 5cm mortar:
     
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  4. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Patron Patron

    Great video, was wondering about that piece. The only thing that I see on the color slides is "AYFRA". Mot of them are in pretty good shape. I have about 225 that are color and the rest are B&W. Both have some very interesting subject matter. This one is a bit rough.
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    A few examples of the B&W. Not exactly sure about this one
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  5. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Thanks for sharing yet more of your collection with us, am enjoying seeing these real colour images.
     
  6. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    All interesting informal photographs away from the usual propaganda track.I always though the the German soldier had a better access to photographic gear than the British.

    Then were those who liked to record any experience in the ideological detail of the regime which then provided the evidence after defeat to bring the regime to book.

    Interestingly the tripod mounted machine gun (what model I do not know) is very reminiscent of the tripod used with the Bren by the RAF for airfield defence against low flying enemy aircraft.

    The band playing scene would be revealing in a Then and Now contrast.
     
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  7. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Would be interesting if there was a close up of the German Imperial Cross in Post # 2 and what was written on it.
     
  8. Jba45ww2

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  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    You have got quite a few of the last batch the wrong way round. Badges & eagles give that away.
     
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  10. Kippiis

    Kippiis New Member

    Holly Molly! This is GOLD!
     
  11. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    The photograph with the thatched cottage and buildings shown,I would think is in Russia.....a feature of German wartime newsreels showing such roofs on fire during Barbarossa.
     
  12. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I would think that as well especially with the Russian style hats

    It seems in the last batch that there is one face that appears on a regular basis (the 2nd image reading the newspaper), so perhaps they are one persons collection of photos from his time in the Army and likely served on the Russian front before being moved to France - just a guess really

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  13. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    The off-duty shots are fascinating. They must've been really fed-up when Uncle Adolf ended their holiday on the French coast and packed them off to the East.

    Are there any clues as to the who the main subjects were ?
     
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  14. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    More likely marching through a French town with band in 1940 , on the beach on Pas de Calais then onto Russia in 41.
     
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  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    I was thinking more of France after Russia - not France before Russia - interesting photos though

    TD
     
  16. Jba45ww2

    Jba45ww2 Patron Patron

    Thanks Owen for the catch and the attention to detail! I think I have all of them corrected and am in the process of scanning the next group.
     
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  17. Owen

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  18. Jba45ww2

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    Based on the next grouping of scanned slides I am pretty sure it is somewhere in Russia. I am trying to use more functions of the scanner to clean up some of the minor flaws in the slides. Overall I am pretty happy so far with the equipment.
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  19. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter Patron 1940 Obsessive

    The second-to-last has to be a Norman French chateau, doesn't it ? Might even be Tricky Dicky's maison :) Thanks for correcting all those left-handed smokers...and for posting these images here rather than on some Fan-Boy forum...They'll end up there as well, of course. They are genuinely interesting but sadly will be taken on board who by those who believe that the good guys lost.
     
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  20. Jba45ww2

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    I cut the cross from the original, magnified and enhanced.

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