Never Before Seen WWII Photos

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Hello Fellow Steemians!

I would like to welcome you all to a brand new Steemit adventure! For the first time ever I am going to share with the world (only here on Steemit of course) previously unseen photographs taken by an American Infantryman in World War II.

My Grandfather served with the Army and was stationed in the European theatre at the end of the war. Lucky for us he brought his 35mm camera with him and took over 400 pictures, but when he returned home he never developed the film and he never talked about it. Sadly, he passed away in the early 1990s. We won't have much to go on except for the photographs themselves.

A few years back my Grandmother gave me the film and ask that I have it developed with only one request. She said, “I know he met women over there, so please if there are pictures with other women don’t show them to me.”. Don’t worry guys they didn’t meet until after the war ;)

What I found on that film was a treasure trove of profile shots, landscapes, battlefields, and even a concentration camp. It turns out my grandfather had quite the artistic eye and most of the photgraphs are of great quality. These photographs have never before been seen in the public and now I am bringing them to Steemit to share this amazing story of my Grandfather in World War 2.

Its funny how fate would have it, but it appears he was assigned to an Army headquarters company, maybe as a security detachment. The thing is I was also part of a Personal Security Detachment in Afghanistan for our Squadron Headquarters which I find pretty cool.

So for the next few months, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will feature a new photo from my grandfather. I will provide as much information as I know (and some humorous Army Veteran commentary) and I hope you guys will be able to add to the story with all of your knowledge as well. I will try to go in chronological order as I understand it to be and together we will take a journey through the European Battlefront at the end of the World War II. I will continue to run my “American in Germany” blog in between so also check that out.

For this post please enjoy a few teasers and let me know what you guys think! I am so excited for this and I hope you all are too! Fell free to offer any suggestions you have have to make this as interesting and exciting as possible.

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One of many plane photographs can't wait to learn about them along with you. Here we have a British Supermarine Spitfire in flight.

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Here is my Grandfather Joe sitting on a good ol Harley-Davidson, you will be seeing lots of him!

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A couple GIs hanging out in a jeep, maybe returning from a supply run. I see bread and a newspaper.

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Here we have a tank round laying in the street. Is it a 50mm? Could be. Im an old cavalry man I can't count that high!

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And lastly for you today we have a bombed out building somewhere in South Western Germany, we will find out more about that later.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and please up vote and Resteem this post!

I own all of these photographs so please respect my family history and ask permission prior to use. Thank You!

Post Edit: The plane in the picture is actually an American P47 Thunderbolt. You can read more about it here.

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Awesome post!
I shared this on a couple relevant subreddits for you!
Here and here

Voting this comment up in case someone wants to upvote them on Reddit for some extra visibility!

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Thank you so much! I hope those folks enjoy it over there as well!!

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thanks so much for sharing these! Its important we preserve history.

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I agree! Not too much from ww2 on here days so I hope it catches on!

Amazing relics of a crazy time. It must have been such a crazy life to live back in those days.

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I couldn’t agree more, and thats why I find it all so fascinating! Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate the comment.

Not sure but the plane might actually be a p47 thunderbolt. Any ideas on that? Sorry about that!

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It is hard to tell from the silhouette in this photo (high-speed objects distort in photos), but looking at the staggered 8-gun armament and the pitot tube on the left wing, I think this is a P47.

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I sent a message to a WWII reactor friend of mine he's an expert on planes once I get confirmation I will add an edit to the post. But I think you're absolutely right.

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Yup my buddy agrees P47!

Cool!...:)...

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Thanks for stopping by!

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Thanks a lot! I will check it out!

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Wow! Wow!!! This is so cool!

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I think so too :) I’m glad you enjoyed it. There’s lots more to come!

Very cool. More, More!

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I agree! I also decided that my posts will have 2 or 3 pictures to them. That way the story flows better and I am just to darn excited not to share! Thanks for stopping by.

howdy there @balticbadger! wow you were right sir..this is gonna be great! Are you saying that all 400 photos are this good in quality after all these years? that's pretty unusual isn't it?
this is super cool, I'm looking forward to more.

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I am really not sure if it’s unusual or not, but yeah they were in pristine condition stored in an old heavy duty film canister. I am returning to the states for my brothers wedding in the fall and Ill be sure to snap a picture of the original film and canister. It’s really cool. THere was even a 50 caliber unfired shell in there. It was like my grandfather left it for me to find. I was a 50 cal Machine gunner for some time in the Army.

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Wow that is an interesting coincidence

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dang balticbadger! how long were you in the Army and what branch? man there are tons of post material right there about stories you could tell I bet you!

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I did an enlistment in the Army at Ft.Bragg. I got millions of stories, haha just not quite ready to head down that road yet. Need to get a little more experience first. Know what I mean?

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more experience in writing and formatting of the posts you mean?

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Also with steem in general and honestly I need a little more confidence first. It's so personal to me I don't even share that with my family. I've had negative experiences sharing my time in the army with ”civilians” where its just impossible for them to understand. I'm hoping with some more time.on steem, it will be a little easier for me to share.

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howdy tonight sir balticbadger! except that it's not night time there, it's 12:30 am here. anyway I totally understand. well here on steemit people understand way way better than people in the outside world, it's amazing.... so you can be confident in that!

This post is amazing! Did you develop all of the film? If so - have you seen every photo?

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Yes, sir, I have! I took them to a professional to have them developed. A local guy in a dark room.

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Nice! I can't imagine what it was like to see them for the first time!

great post

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Thanks a lot! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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oh you are most welcome

Wow! Great collection. Photos are rather mundane, but at the same time incredibly personal. That's one man's view of the war and that makes them very interesting. I'm looking forward for the new ones.

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I agree! The beauty is in the details. Thanks a lot, I'm glad you enjoyed them! :)

Your Grandfather sure did have artistic eyes, He did an amazing job in capturing the moments he spent in service.

I guess he left the films undeveloped so you can find them someday, explore them and get the feeling of how it was back then.

I love the Harley-Davidson bike and how he posed on it. Your Grandfather was a fine man!

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Thank you very much @audreybits, that's very nice of you. I agree, he took a ton of great pictures. That would be really cool if he had taken film while he was there. We will have to wait and see if any turns up!

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yeah.. Hopefully, it will turn up!

Great stuff, @balticbadger. Thanks for letting us see!

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I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm so happy to be able to share this on steem with all these great people!

Great photos @balticbadger. The great thing is that these photos are so personal, and there offer additional insight into history. The more photos that come out from that time, the more we can realize what the war was like. Enough has been written and displayed ib museums but personal photographs can always add more to what we already know. Yoj own a piece of history. Great pics.

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I couldn't agree more. Growing up I loved reading journals from soldiers in the American Civil War. It is truly an amazing way to experience history and learn from it as well. I live in Germany now and hope one day when my children are a little older we can't take a trip and try and visit the same places my grandfather was. I think that would be a great learning experience for all of us! Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comment!

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Surely, its the same as going to a museum and learning about history. Your experience will have a lot more personal touch to it.

This is awesome stuff you bought here..I am sure everyone would be looking forward to these amazing photographs...
And your grandfather is such a handsome dude :)
And I just laughed out in gears to your grandmother's request...that was so funny :)

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Thanks, Alice I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I'm really excited about this I have had these pictures for a couple years wondering how I could share them and so happy we have the great people of steem to share stuff like this. You know what they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

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That's all ok haha..but put some more pictures of your grandfather..that handsome guy must have killed people with his looks alone :)
Jokes apart these are some really cool historic pictures...one of a kind...and this time the apple fell right on you :)

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Yes, ma’am! Thanks can't wait to share some more!

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Seeing the world war ii, through the eyes of your grandfathers lens, literally. very precious .

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Yes, indeed it is! Every time I look through the pictures I discover something new.

I would expect the film to be sticky with molds after decades but lucky you to have the photos developed even after a long time. And lucky you to have memories of your grandfather. All of my grandparents were already gone before I was born. Plus, my father was a WWII veteran but he never talked about it. It is not good to remember the war but it is worth reminiscing the people who fought for our freedom. Thanks to them.

Now that you have those photos, you may want to have those restored through few edits at least to remove the obvious scratches on the film.

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Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I was lucky enough to meet all my grandparents and have memories of them.

It's amazing what good quality the film is in. That's such a great idea about touching them up. I am severely lacking in the photo editing area, is there any good applications you can recommend for a beginner on a low budget? Thanks again for your comment!

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You're welcome.

There are many free photo editing tools that are free. I am using PicsArt on my phone and PhotoScape on my laptop. I think there is also a free version of the popular Photoshop. Go to https://download.cnet.com/ and search for "photo editor". You will find many free tools there.

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Thanks again! Already checked out PicsArt so I may tinker around with that!

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You're welcome. Have fun!

This post was very enjoyable to read and peruse, as is had real substance, and it really got the human curiosity phenomenon going for it.
Thank You for sharing.
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I am glad you enjoyed it! That's exactly why I want to get it out there! Have a great one and thanks for stopping by!

Wow how cool! I am really looking forward to the continuation of this series! What a neat way to keep your grandfather in your thoughts and we are all lucky here on Steem blockchain that you are sharing these pieces of history here! Much love - Carl

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Thank you so much! I am so happy I found Steem its a life changer!

Thanks for sharing the photos.

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No problem at all! Thanks for checking them out, I'm working on tomorrows post, have a good night!

Hey @balticbadger !

Although the WWii was very awful, your pictures are from fantastic quality. If you like that your followers could enlarge them (to see more details) I use this „how-to“ : https://steemit.com/steemit/@captainklaus/click-to-enlarge-photo-simple-code

It’s not from me, so no advertise on this point :-)

But so we could perhaps, see better which plane does really flight there 😀✌️

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Thanks for the tip! I appreciate it and will check it out!

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Wow, that's really cool! I'm using that from now on!

Very nice pictures of this interesting time period. It's so nice that your grandfather was able to preserve these important moments during a time when cameras were less readily available. It sounds like you're very proud of your grandfather, & should be. The photos take me back to the films I've seen that document this critical war. I'm curious about your name. What is your connection to the Baltics? I have been to the Baltic Sea.

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Thanks a lot @angelfish I really appreciate the thoughtful comment. I live near the Baltic sea German/Danish border and I am from Wisconsin, USA that's where you get the badger part. Thanks for dropping by!

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Very nice. I have visited Latvija & Lithuania. The Baltics have a special place in my heart. Have a good night.

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Wow, thanks a lot! I really appreciate it. Have a great day as well.

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This is why Curie is such a valuable service. If I didn't follow @curie I would have missed your post for certain. Looking forward to the other pictures.

Your blog exploring some family history reminds me of a project my mother did just after she retired. She had a huge box full of letters that my grandparents wrote to each other before they were married. It was pretty interesting because they were casually talking about the stuff that was going on in the news that we think of as important history now. The letters start in 1929 just before the stock market crash.

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That is really interesting! It sounds like it would be worth it to compiling those letters into some sort of book or publication. Or even publishing them on here! I know lots of people would find it very interesting! I am so honored to be featured by @curie, and I have to agree I have found some great bloggers there! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, its what I love best about this, hearing from all the steemians! Have a great one!

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Mom did make a Wordpress site from those letters. It should be easy to find some interesting bits to post.

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I've seen a little bit here and there about it, but other than that I don't know much about it. Feel free to sponsor me I would be honored as well! Thanks!

I don't like the topic of war, but I've gave you a small upvote since @rentmoney has suggested your article, on his entry for the Pay It Forward Contest

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Hey well, thanks a lot! I appreciate it.

Those are awesome, now I'm going to have to start asking around, my grand father did the same. his were developed though. He only ended up over there in the last 2-3 months of the war in Europe. I just don't know who has those pictures and if they have ever shared any of them.

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How cool! Who knows maybe you will seem your grandpa here! Would love for you to share those pictures if you find them I think is so great to keep our families history alive. If it weren't for them who would we be? Thanks for checking these out, have a great weekend!

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If I can figure out which aunt or uncle has them, I will certainly do so. (plus it makes great content) I always enjoy history and genealogy. I wholeheartedly agree, and thank you for your service, have a great weekend.

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First of all, thank you so much for sharing these pictures with all of us. They are amazing in so many ways. I can't wait to see the others!

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Thank you so much @tryskele. I think I will participate in the next round or the one after that (so much going on at the moment), it looks like a very good competition and just from being nominated I have already discovered a couple new (to me) steemians.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Hi @balticbadger,

I love the idea of this new series of posts. It is great to see a literal snapshot of history through the eyes of someone who was there, your grandfather. Looking forward to more.

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Wow, thank you so much I really appreciate it and honestly, I am a little shocked I never imagined so many people would be interested in these photos. Please consider adding the following to the post.

”Being a combat veteran myself, I can somewhat imagine what my grandfather went through in World War II; nonetheless, seeing his pictures and being able to experience what he saw is such a wonderful gift that I had to share it with the Steemit community. My grandfather truly had an artistic eye and understood the significance of the journey he had embarked upon. I am truly grateful for the wonderful legacy he left behind.

Steemit is a relatively new experience for me, but I can tell you I am here to stay. I am hooked. The main focus for my blog is called ”American in Germany”. Last year my wife, our three kids, and I immigrated to Germany so that we could be closer to my wife's family (she was born and raised here). For now, the ”American in Germany” blog will still be my main topic. With each and every post I create, I am so excited to hear the feedback, as well as interact with everyone here on Steemit. In the past week alone I have met so many great people and look forward to meeting many more! I would love for everyone to drop by one of my posts and say hi. Have a great one and keep on Steeming!”

Thanks again, I really appreciate all you are doing for us here on Steemit. Have a great weekend!

Wow....Wow....

You don't see great quality photos from back then everyday...I am so thrilled that you decided to share this with us here on Steem.

It seems like you have a nice spread for us. Do we know anything about how that building was damaged, could it have been from a bomb dropped from a plane?

Can't wait to find out more! Congrats on 50 reputation Badger!

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Thanks so much! Yes these photos are of amazing quality, it’s shocking. Each time I look at them I see something new. As far as the building I’m not sure, but I would guess it was a bomb from a plane. There’s quite a few pictures showing lots of damaged buildings and even some crashed planes. Thanks for stopping by!

I found this post after stumbling on your recent post It wasn't hard to miss considering the number of upvotes this post has. Dang! it's rare to see old photos from well preserved films. My grandfather was a soldier but most of his photos during service were lost from the flood. I got to know my grandad better after browsing what's left of the old photos for restoration. Ever since then I got interested in the whole war vet memoirs. It's pretty cool to have your own family collection of these photos. Always something worthy to tell for the future generations.

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Thanks for checking these out! I'm so sorry to hear that about your grandfather's photos, such a tragedy! Was your grandfather in WWII as well?

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His activity during the WWII era were not as eventful like most stories go. He participated in small skirmishes and the clean up work during the aftermath. We live in Asia so the events here had a different spin from the main WWII stories.

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Nevertheless it is equally important. I think we should remember the whole history no just what the allies want us to remember. There’s great stories from everyone who participated in such an important time in the history of humanity.

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