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France 1940 - Warsaw ghetto photo album

153 picture album containing photographs taken during the fall of France in June 1940. Covering areas of heavy fighting from the early stages including Tonnere, Gien, Buttingen, Orleans, Marne, Maginot Line, Bussieres, Montargie, Nancy and a temporary bridge across the river Loire built beside the destroyed bridge. There are many scenes of total destruction from artillery bombardments & Blitzkrieg attacks. Included are pictures of captured French & colonial soldiers (including KIA and wounded), German field graves and wounded. Also a knocked out French tank (Renault FT17) and captured artillery. Other pictures show destroyed trains & convoys along with pictures of German columns, trucks and jeeps. Hauptmann (Major) Fleischer is present in some photographs as are some Gebirgsj├Ąger men. Pictures of truck doors painted with female portraits and Tasso the war companion dog. The latter part of this album displays an official visit to the Warsaw ghetto showing the conditions present at that time. The Warsaw Ghetto was established in October 1940 and sealed November 1940 and it appears that these pictures were likely taken during this early period. Included is one photograph showing a streetsign to a Wehrmacht food ration station within the warsaw ghetto (Verpfl. Ausg. Verpflegungs Ausgabe - Food Rationing Station), along with several photographs showing jews wearing armbands (measure introduced Dec 1, 1939), including the famous ghetto armband of white with blue star. If you can add information on units or location details to this album please get in touch.

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