I've been collecting odd photos from World War II and decided finally to post them. By odd, I just mean... revealing in ways that are not necessarily quite normal and by-the-book.
|A captured German officer gives a large British soldier - who it should be emphasized is standing at absolutely correct attention - an appraising glance.|
|The Nuremberg trials were a gas.|
|Just an average bloke in the US Navy? Yes, quite. William Hitler, the other Hitler's nephew. Great seaman. Terrible name.|
|This picture just strikes me as very odd. Okay, the picture of Hitler staring at the woman is creepy by itself. But, look at the woman ... should I say "woman" ... I hate to be impolite, but that is some jaw on that "lady."|
And you wondered why mail call is so important?
|This is what the boys at the front really want in the mail.|
|Japanese army soldiers take a moment to relax and massage each other’s shoulders, somewhere in China, the late 1930s.|
|All right, before you get all excited about pointing out my gullibility, I know this is a fake, but I think it's hilarious anyway. Besides, perhaps you've seen this elsewhere, so let's debunk it.|
|Here is the real gun. I know, no aliens, bummer. ;)|
|Cats, they loved cats.|
|A lady should know how to handle a pistol.|
Anyway, this page is intended as some light relief from the otherwise grim pages full of death and killings. Or, at least, a more human look at the less heroic sides of the conflict.
|It looks like the Russian bear has been tamed!|
However, for those looking for something "completely different," as Monty Python would say, well, here it is.
|No, I don't get it, either, but I bet some heavy drinking was involved.|
|Look ma, no cooking flames needed!|
|I love shots like this, there were usually civilians all around during these battles and they just wanted to be helpful at times.|
|I don't know what the heck the lady is carrying, but it must have been important.|
The fact that I get a chuckle out of some of these no doubt says more about me than anything else, but it appears the fellows themselves found it humorous as well.
|Again, remember the "no women" part.|
Let's just say that some of these guys would have done better if there were some women around. Any women.
|There was just something about huge gun barrels that drew the Wehrmacht boys to them like this.|
|I'm not sure if the general noticed the symbolism here, but the photographer sure did (Zschackel, Federal Archive).|
|A lot of German soldiers had pets.|
Of course, some of the "happy" pictures were posed and only taken and distributed as pure misdirection.
|Listening to the latest hits on the Fuhrer's hit parade (AP Photo).|
|The Soviet propaganda sign says, "The fastest way home is to be in a Russian POW camp."|
The answer to the patch question above: That is the insignia of the US Army's 45th Infantry Division. It was a part of the Oklahoma National Guard, and the swastika was a Native American symbol that the unit wore to honor the local people.