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Lillian Plus
11 23 17 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2017 1:24PM
hopefully walking away from it!
a very moving image..powerful
with that title...great shot
hobbo Plus
9 1.6k 3 England
6 Jun 2017 1:28PM
Innapropriate pic on the exact anniversary of the Allied invasion on D-DAY 6th June 1944......b*s*ards dressed like him, were mowing down our troops with machine gun fire, as well as doing their worst in all the concentration camps, all whilst sending flying bombs and V2 rockets over here to kill indisciminantly........including both grandparent of a close friend.....my dad was fighting for six years........all of this tends to be forgotten nowadays....

To me and my generation, to see a re-enactor dressed like this, is exactly the same as someone in the future, dressing up as an isis, throat cutting, suicide bomber.

Please don't knock me for this.......a strong response yes......but SOMEBODY has to say it.......emotional scars from events during WWII still bleed when reminders like this are featured....there is NOTHING, that will ever glorify a Nazi.

I don't blame the photographer here, but the misinformed re-enactors who just can't get it.
Hobbo
tonyng 10 11 3 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2017 1:29PM
Very well crafted.
Scaramanga 12 60 6 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2017 2:16PM
I'm pretty sure they weren't all bastards let alone Nazis.
DaveU 14 1.4k 125 England
6 Jun 2017 3:40PM
Superbly well put together and quite a powerful image. I can respect Hobbo's viewpoint but I can't for one minute believe that the whole German army were evil Nazi bastards. I would have thought that the vast majority were ordinary young men, conscripted into an awful situation and just doing their best to stay alive. War is **** for all sides.
hobbo Plus
9 1.6k 3 England
6 Jun 2017 4:08PM
Sorry dave.......Just study the film clips from the very late 1930s, you will see many thousands of Germans giving full support to their leaders. Towards the end of the war the Hitler-Youth had been brainwashed just like those killers of today.
Of course, amongst the thousands there may have been a few non believers, but not many.....
You may question why I seem so sensitive/
I did my National Service with the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, one of the regiments chosen during the war, to use the Duplex Swimming Tank, many, far too many were drowned during training and on the day, afterwards the regiment and armour fought all the way through Germany, like thousands of others, for the freedoms we enjoy today.
I was stationed at Lumsden Barracks,man ex SS Barracks between 1956-1958 just 10 years after peace was signed nearby, I have old photographs showing Nazi troops standing outside the very buildings I was photographed outside too. The Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp, was just a few kilometers away.....I visited twice....it was all still very raw then.....just a group of huge turfed mounds with wooden signed stating ......175000 TOTE....... 12000 TOTE......and so on, I have never forgotten going there, the thought still affects me today. Whilst in Germsny, I worked closely with many locals, including one man who could show us his Bergen Belsen inmate tattoo on his forearm, a sobering thought. I learned to speak a little German, and mixed quite well, but at times it proved extremely difficult.

I do realise that it was all a very long time ago, but a search through You-Tube archives will bring it all home to you.

This photograph doesn't depict the quiet, studious soldier, it depicts the glorification of War, weapons and uniform.....those fires behind him, could be the burning tanks of allied troops, or the flames might represent the ovens of Bergen-Belsen, Auswitch, Treblinka or the tiny village of Lidice, razed to the ground in Nazi retribution ....

Memories for many of us, still ticking, are as raw as those felt by the victims of the very recent jihadi murders.. ....Brain washing is still carried on, it is very difficult to irradiate.

Hobbo
rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
6 Jun 2017 6:18PM
War.........what is good for..........absolutely nothing who ever you fought for ( ex Royal Green Jacket ) Depiction of destruction.
Ron
Eviscera 14 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
6 Jun 2017 9:43PM
oops..

The power of photography is a bitch when it stirs emotion. Thats its purpose...

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