There was something about German military culture that compelled the propaganda photographers attached to units.
|Operation Barbarossa featured a lot of these sorts of shots.|
|German infantry marching past a burning house in Russia, October 1941 (Federal Archive Bild 146-1989-030-27).|
|Germans in the Soviet Union, 1941.|
|A very carefully posed shot.|
Anyone spotting a fake on this site should leave a comment below and I'll delete it if there is a real possibility the photo isn't genuine.
|I think that is an MG 42 he's holding, I don't know what is burning in the background but it is probably someone's home.|
|"We're number eins!"|
|Field Marshal Ewald von Kleist in front of burning facilities.|
It is understandable that soldiers would be happy to pose for propaganda shots.
From a military sense, burning down isolated farmhouses has a certain logic to it. You deny the enemy a place to sleep and set up camp. It's not really the way to endear yourself to the locals who see you coming their way, but nobody really cared about that stuff.
|If you don't need it - burn it.|
If there is one thing about reviewing photos of the period that has baffled me, that is it. Posing with someone you just killed - why?
However, I actually have one more point to make - and you're probably not going to like it. But this blog is about reality, not myth or legends.
It wasn't just the Axis soldiers who did this.
|This sniper was unusually proud of his kill.|
And it wasn't just men.
|Oh... the best part about this photo is that she is in the process of writing a thank you note... for the skull.|