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U.S. Army soldiers with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Slovenian soldiers with the 10th Regiment and Italy’s Brigata Bersaglieri Garibaldi engages simulated enemy forces while clearing an airfield during exercise Allied Spirit IV at the U.S. Army’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Jan. 23, 2016. 

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Hell in My Hands

“Today I was able to hold and photograph something that absolutely stopped me in my tracks. One person I shared this with said "you had hell in your hands” He was right. I hope the hero who died with this at his side went quickly.

This is so representative of what the heroes of WWII went through…. . Not only in the Pacific theatre, but the German front also. This was Bastogne in 1944. It’s in a friends private collection and it took some doing to be able to photograph it. I was shaking when I handed it back. I took these photos today.. A gentleman I know was kind enough to allow me that privilege. 

Often times we get so caught up in the gun we forget the sacrifices. This one really brings it home. It is believed that the this damage is from artillery fire. This weapon was very likely holstered at the time, and the soldier was facing the explosion. I can’t begin to tell you how powerful of a sentiment this raised in my heart to hold this.

I shared this in a few historical groups I belong to, so some of you have already seen this, but it’s just too powerful of an artifact not to share with the rest of you. Today I held hell in my hands.“


Credit to Daniel MacMurray on Facebook.