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the LSSAH was never in Stalingrad!Emil wrote: On the axis history forum there were several discussions about this man in which he was "identified" as a sniper in Stalingrad, a certain Walter Armbrush from LSSAH but also as a member of the recce btln from LSSAH.
It is surprising to see the thread I started seven years ago still at least marginally active, and unfortunately not much more is known about it now than then. Ah well, I don't expect we'll get much more information on this fellow.Simon H wrote:Given the now advanced age of this thread I'm still amazed that it still invites discussion. I suppose that is because this image has become regarded as almost iconic to WW2.
I think you are refering to issue 142, but the re-enactment group were not English as far as I recall (may be wrong though). The main reason for After the Battle returning to this particular story was the first time they visited the area was way back in the 1980's.Landserstudent wrote:There is an issue of AFTER THE BATTLE magazine--unfortunately I am away from my resources as I write, or I would give the exact issue number--that takes up the question of this soldier's identity. Remembering from the article, a re-enacting group (British?)
set out to recreate this exact series of shots at the same location. Their task was successful, with photos appearing in the magazine,
creating a "then and now" juxtaposition as ATB is known for. Other members of the original German group were identified, but
the author(s) came up empty, as others have, on the identity of the man in the famous photo.
Perhaps you can contact AFTER THE BATTLE and they can at least refer you to the article.
It would appear the young man in the photo is designated to be one of the photographed German "Unknown Soldiers" of WWII.
Hope this helps.