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Photo album of a Panzer trooper from Regiment 31 of the 5th Panzer Division

Article about: I was told this album may be worth it's own thread, so here we go. Bought a photo album that contains a good deal of photos from the campaign of a panzer trooper from 3rd company panzer regi

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    Really nice find friend.

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    Snippets taken from Case White by William Russ:

    Army Group South - September 1st
    The military response of the Poles on the morning of September 1st was generally weak. Only Polish border guard units, not elements of the regular army, had been encountered at this stage of the invasion. The initial artillery strikes had provoked little counter battery response from the Poles, indicating that their regular forces were not close to the border....
    ...By late afternoon, progress had been delayed more by terrain and demolished bridges than by enemy resistance.
    ...The 5th Panzer Division (VIII Corps), after struggling through the numerous enemy erected barriers, made passage to the town of Rybnik. The road ahead was still strewn with such barriers, so the 8th Panzer Brigade commander (Colonel Harde) sought a path through the forest northeast of the town as it seemed passable to motor vehicles. By evening, the division found itself approaching the town of Pszczyna and the division seemed to have bypassed most of the road obstacles.

    Army Group South - September 2nd
    ...The XVII Army Corps had moved up both sides of the Milowka River to the area of between Skotschau and Biala. VIII Army Corps continued its breakthrough with the 5th Panzer division leading the advance and the 8th and 28th Infantry Divisions rapidly marching towards Krakow.

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    Thanks for digging that up and sharing it Hucks! You always know how to round out the story for us.

    Unfortunately for the Germans, the closing chapters of the 5th division's history doesn't involve so much charging in glory. Based on these dates and information you provided, and on the Lexicon, the three fallen soldiers in the photo were no doubt some of the first losses for their unit, which could have been why the photo was taken.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    Here are the situation maps used by the Germans during Fall Weiss. On the 2nd & 4th ones in the listings you can see 5 Pz down near the bottom of the map...
    Poland 1939/Poland September 1939

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    Quote by hucks216 View Post
    Here are the situation maps used by the Germans during Fall Weiss. On the 2nd & 4th ones in the listings you can see 5 Pz down near the bottom of the map...
    Poland 1939/Poland September 1939
    It is absolutely amazing what you can find these days regarding these artifacts and history. Those are great maps, and pair well with the earlier account you posted. Particularly the 4th one.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    man, I have come back to look at this album 3-4 times now. Some excellent early Panzer/truppe shots. Really just a wonderful album

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    Excellent album thanks for sharing. Good job by Bill T finding info.

    Steve

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