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Post by Fallschirmkommando » Tue Mar 15, 2005 9:38 pm

I posted in General discussion trying to find the fate of a German soldier. I know I am probably trying to find a needle in a haystack. This German Infantryman has been in several books and graces the cover of a few books too. I noticed where the photo came from when I was watching "The World at War". He is in an episode smoking a cigarette with several other soldiers. Does anyone know the soldier I am speaking of? I wonder of his fate, and whether he survived the war?

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Post by Holmer » Tue Mar 22, 2005 11:33 am

Sounds like you are describing the famous photo from the Ardennes Offensive.

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Post by Holmer » Tue Mar 22, 2005 12:06 pm

If this is the soldier you speak of it has been discussed many times. I believe he is unknown. He is often identified as Walter Armbrusch, but I believe someone (Timo maybe) has researched this soldier and it was discovered it was not him. This particular newsreel and photos are soldiers from the 1st SS LAH.

Here are some more photos from the newsreel.

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Post by Fallschirmkommando » Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:00 pm

Yeah...the guy with the cigarette.....thats him. To think, his face would be something that stands out in the Battle of the Bulge. I wonder if he survived....Did he make it home...was he captured by the Americans....Killed possibly in defense of the homeland. As a former soldier I tend to always wonder what happened to the nameless. We always know what happened to the Generals...but the common foot soldier, after the battle has been won or lost, usually disappears into obscurity.

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Post by Das Rikki » Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:41 pm

From what I understand if they would have let the footsoldiers make some decisions things might have been different on all fronts. The soldiers were brave men, whether German, Russian, American, English or from other countries. Many sacrifices were made and so many unappreciated.

On the other hand, most of the footsoldiers were peaceloving men and would have much rather been home with wives, parents, and children. God rest their souls.
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Post by sturmkommando » Tue May 10, 2005 4:56 am

This photo was taken in the morning of December 18, 1944 when Kampfgruppe Hansen's troops approached the Poteau crossroads. They met the task force Mayes (Major Mayes) belonging to the 14th Cavalry Group. These soldiers on the picture originally belonged to the 2/SS Pz. Gre. Rgt. 1. These pictures were taken during opration "Autumn Mist".
This guy http://boards.rennlist.com/lfupload/soldier-046.jpg, holding Browning HP-35, was still alive couple of years ago in the US, but refuses to get in contact.

http://www.museum-poteau44.be/
http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=49737
http://www.feldgrau.net/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=14008&

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