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WW I ERA PHOTO ALBUMSKU: 40-621
This photo album starts with what I believe are photographs of a peaceful Germany from either before or during WW I’s early part. We see many scenic photographs of rural Germany both during the milder times of the year and winter. Some of these photographs show a fairly grand estate that could well have belonged to a freiherr or a graf. It even may have belonged to one of the men that we will see a bit later on. Next, we begin to see photographs of groups of officers and more military scenes. We catch a glimpse of flight badges in some of the photos. We see scenes of merriment among the men. Nobody lets their hair down like the Germans when the schnapps come out.
We see photos of damaged buildings and even a photo where a German plane has crashed into a building. Many photos were taken by observation aircraft. In these, we can clearly see the damage wrought to the terrain by both bombers and artillery. They look like moonscapes. More than forty-five photographs are in the album.
WW II ARMY PERSONNEL PHOTO ALBUMSKU: 40-623
Here is another of the photo albums that I have had for ages, then reached the light of day while we were doing some “house cleaning.” This photo album measures 8 ½” x 12.” It has a very plain and simple cover. A total of sixty-eight original photographs and one postcard are included. It is the tale of a German Army soldier during 1939-1940 (at least). The photos show him, his brother, and even his father. The photos of his father are both from WW I (Papa served in Infanterie-Regiment Nr 215. We see him in his pickelhaube and with some of his friends), and from the 1930’s.
The photos show the German Army during its Blitzkrieg glory days, conquering France. Some photos show French light tanks, cannons (at Verdun), and even a captured or shot-down French airplane.
Some of the photos have come loose from the album and are stuck in on one page, which is as I found it. It is an interesting study of the German Army’s men and equipment in 1940. Many of the photos are described.