There was a recent thread about a roll of film from WWII that was recently developed
). It contained war time photos never before seen. As I was reading this
thread, I remembered a couple of photos that I inherited from my father. I discovered these photos as a kid, and asked him about them and where they
came from. He began, reluctantly, to tell me the back story of the photos.
He was in the U.S. Navy during WWII, stationed in London, England, and was involved with helping the U.S. and British forces coordinate their attacks
for the D-Day landings at Normandy, France in 1944. After the allies pushed inland, he was transferred to LeHavre, France. He told me that the city
was bombed quite heavily prior to the invasion as it was a German SS HQ at the time. Well while stationed there, he was off-duty that first day, and
(being the lifelong picker that he was) found himself roaming through the rubble and bombed out remains of buildings. Suddenly, he came across the
body of a dead German SS major. He decided to go through his pockets to see if there was any identification of who this person was or if he had any
important documents on his person (which we would forward to the U.S. intelligence service). He happened to find, tucked inside the uniform breast
pocket, two photographs of Adolf Hitler, in his touring car, in a parade of sorts.
Now, I am not fan of Hitler, and neither was my father, but he kept these photos for decades because they were part of history and his personal proof
he was there. These photos have never been seen outside of our family until now. So, in essence, they are "lost photos" of a sort. I post them here,
for historic purposes, not as a celebration of Hitler or his deeds. Since ATS has a worldwide membership, I thought we could discuss if anyone
recognizes where these photos were taken. As I see it, just because they were found in LeHavre, does not mean that is where they were taken, or that
they are even from the same day/place. I've always wondered where and when these were shot, and where they might live in the annals of history.
So, ATS, I post them here for historic discussion, and ask that the discussion please not degrade into Hitler hero worship debates. I also welcome
other ATS members to post their own "lost people of history" photos if any exist among the membership here.
These are digitally scanned copies of the original photos. They have not been retouched other than contrast to make them a bit more legible, and
still contain all the flaws and age from the years in storage.
As you can see in this one, the soldier on the right seems to be wearing a WWI uniform, as indicated by the spiked
helmet he is wearing. The street is brick, and there seems to be what could be a train behind the line of spectators across the street.I also wonder
who that is sitting in the back seat with him at the time.
This pic is a closer shot of him and his touring car, with various buildings and a banner with blurry German writing
upon it in the background. I also wonder who that is sitting in the back seat with him at the time.
NOTE: I cleared this idea with the mods ahead of time to ensure I was not breaking any kind of T&C, as well as to notify them in the event they want
to monitor the thread to keep is from spiraling out of control (because there are friends and foes of this man that can be very adamant of their