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95-97. Two members of an SS War Correspondents unit coming under fire. The first photograph shows the men busy with their task of writing up their notes. In the second photograph it is apparent that they have heard the sound of incoming enemy fire, while in the third photograph they both take whatever cover they can. Unfortunately, no photographs exist to show the show the outcome of this minor action.

Photo and caption featured in Waffen-SS (Blandford War Photo-Files) by Brian L. Davis

Fallschirmjäger taking cover, somewhere in Italy. One is a Kriegsberichter (War  Correspondent). 

The other is armed with an italian-manufactured MAB 38 Submachine gun. The weapon was reportedly very appreciated by the Waffen-SS and Fallschirmjäger, contrary to other contemporary products of the italian war industry, reportedly being even preferred over the standard-issue MP 40.

A Panzer IV Ausf. H Crew of the 22nd Pz. Regt., 21st Pz. Division -

The young German Leutnant wears a fallschirmjäger tunic Heer eagle and collar tabs applied- tucked into his Pz trousers!
They are resting outside 50, Boulevard des Belges, Rouen, France, late in the afternoon of the (*25th of August 1944.)

This is one of several close-ups of this particular panzer crew, taken by KB Karl Müller on the Boulevard des Belges, Rouen, during the German retreat of August, 1944. Rouen was one of the few places were heavy vehicles could be ferried across the Seine and the quais were packed with war material and men when on the 25th August, after 4 days of rain, the clear skies brought Allied bombers who carpet bombed the area for 45 minutes with some bombs falling on the other side of the river along the Boulevard were this photo was taken. *Although an exact date is not given, this photo was probably taken on the 25th August, the day Müller crossed the river, and before 7 p.m., the time of the Allied bombing.“
(‘Lusitania’ ww2incolor.com)

"In Rouen, the railway bridge Eauplet, though damaged, allowed to evacuate tens of thousands. A Elbeuf, another bridge remained in operation until the occupation of the city at the junction of the allied forces. In addition to three boats bridges, the Germans resumed their service several tanks - as Caudebec - to get out of the loops of the Seine. In the end, fifty crossings allowed the evacuation.
By the 29th of August, the crossing operations were completed. Of all the troops who were outside the Falaise pocket, over 90% were able to go with three quarters of the tanks. It is estimated that nearly 230,000 men, 30,000 vehicles and nearly 150 tanks managed to escape the allies. After the bloody fiasco Chambois and strategic defeat in the Battle of Normandy, this escape under the very noses of the pursuers was an undeniable success.”
('Rouen under the Occupation’, 1940-1940 by Patrick Coiffier)

(Photographer - Kriegsberichter Karl Müller)

Coloured By Richard James Molloy

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Oberleutnant Franz Ludwig  (Chef 2.Batterie/Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 1346) discussing the strategy with his men minutes after he knocked-out his 16th victim, a British tank, at Bois de Bavant, which is situated right up towards the coast near Ranville/Pegasus Bridge, Normandy, in 8 July 1944 (some sources said as 10 July 1944). Behind them is Sturmgeschütz III 7,5cm Stu.K. 40 mit Topfblende Ausf. G (Sd.Kfz. 142/1) with 16 kill rings (panzerabschuße). StuG III has the “saukopf” mantlet and “waffle plate” zimmerit under all the foliage. Previously, Ludwig (born in 24 January 1913) had received Ritterkreuz des Eisernen Kreuzes in 24 June 1944, but he would died in combat a few months later in 14 August 1944.

In the battle of Normandy, his unit were attached to the regular German infantry division, 346. Infanterie-Division (this division operated in the British sector east of Orne, Normandy, from as early as the 7th of June 1944, and largely destroyed at Falaise-Gap. Later rebuilt in Holland). 10 StuG III were transferred to the division in 10 May 1944, before the Allied landing. The above moment (photographed by Kriegsberichter Scheck from Propaganda-Kompanie 698) also published in the German newsreel, “Die Deutsche Wochenschau” (as it seemed to be often the routine to have photographers and cinematographers working in teams - on both sides of the lines).


German soldier makes use of a captured U.S. M-1 carbine during the Battle of the Bulge. This photo is from a famous series of photos that were taken by SS Kriegsberichter (photojournalists) that accompanied SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 1 on December 18, 1944.