Hello I need your help!
I got this photo collection from my grandfather died in 1995, now from my grandma.
My grandpa is drawn in 1936 and 1938 to the Reich Labor Service in the Armed Forces 14./IR59 in Hildesheim. In early 1945, he has come into captivity, and again in 1947 from the home.
My grandfather never talked about the war. Now it's too late to learn something about the pictures.
My grandma can (will) unfortunately can not comment about the pictures.
My father knows that my grandpa had a box with his orders, he let them eventually disappear. (My father believed in the garbage) my father still has a document which I will add.
In the pictures there are no local or times.
Stand on some numbers (presumably negative numbers)
I have them sorted according to these figures, paper manufacturer, size and shape.
Now I need your help!
Who can say something about the pictures?
Example: places - buildings - units - vehicles - date etc ...
Excellent pictures. The ones that I have looked at so appear to be mix of prewar and early war (France 1940). The antitank gun that appears in many of the photos is the Pak 36, a 37mm gun fairly typical of the period. It was phased out later in the war as it couldn't handle the later tanks such as the T34. Picture 84 is particularly interesting to me. It has a picture of a destroyed Matilda I, an early British infantry tank. It was only used during the Battle of France as it wasn't a particularly useful piece of equipment, being slow and only armed with a single machinegun. Picture 92 is an abandoned French 75mm field piece, model 1897. Picture 7 is the captured Czech 38 light tank, which continued in production after the German occupation. It was used from 1939 through 1943 in German service as a gun tank in frontline service and later in anti partisan service. I will look at some of the other pictures later.
Second set that I looked at appears to be from the Russian Front. I had a hard time seeing some of the photos due to size, but I did recognize Soviet uniforms and Soviet T34 tanks. Also, some of the anti tank guns appeared to be later models, either Pak 38's (50mm) or Pak 40's (75mm), although I did see a lot of the earlier Pak 36's. I hope this helps.
As I told u already on previous post u grand pa should have been from 19 inf div. Now u give us some pictures showing men wearing uniforms of panzer units (panzer or panzer jager). This confirm my first feeling. And also, ur telling us he was from 59th inf regt : bingo !
So, I noticed in pictures from Louvain and Paris (may and june 1940), this little gun, wich is an anti tank gun, Pak 35/36. So ur Grand Pa should be from panzer jager abtl. The 59th Inf Div did not get its anti tank unit before late 1940 or 1941 (the 150th). So an other Div ? why not the 19th Inf Div, the 1 in prussian caligraphy may be confused with 5 in some case. Fortunatly, the 19 INF DIV, fought in belgium, came in Paris in june and then was stationned in BLOIS and its 19th panzer jager abtl was equipped with that kind of cars and anti tank gun.
then the div upgraded to the 19th panzer unit, get some Sd Kfz 69 Krupp light truck and PAK50 as on picture 5. Fortunatly this unit fought in Minsk in 1941, then moscow.
Later the unit came in The netherlands, Poland ( so through vilnius ?) and finished war in Czeslovakia (picture 5 ?) .
Part of pictures are in Belgium or north of france in 1940, especially those one with dismounted gun handled with soldiers arms. On picture 55, u can read name of the shop behind, can u tell us from original phot what is this name.cIt will give information about belgium or france. And it's important city with tramway (may be Lille or Arras ?)
Pic 2, there is name of the village on building, crossing of meuse river ?