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WW2 German soldiers recovered from a grave in Russia

Article about: I found these photos on the Facebook page of the Australian book publisher 'Leaping Horseman Books', and I thought the time and effort that they put into locating the site of these soldiers

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    Default WW2 German soldiers recovered from a grave in Russia

    I found these photos on the Facebook page of the Australian book publisher 'Leaping Horseman Books', and I thought
    the time and effort that they put into locating the site of these soldiers killed in battle, and buried in Russia, to find the
    actual location, and then recover the bodies and give them a decent burial in their homeland is fantastic.

    The caption to photo 1 reads:-


    "A rare colour slide taken during the 1942 summer offensive towards Stalingrad. Photo Akira Takiguchi"
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    2nd photo from the 'leaping Horseman' Facebook page....

    Caption reads:-

    " After preliminary work using GoogleEarth and WW2 maps, Alex Skvorin was able to find the exact site of the German cemetery. The careful and precise exhumation of the graves shows that this was an official recovery, rather than grave-robbing by "black diggers". Soldiers whose names can be read on grave markers are now resting in peace at the Rossoshka Sammelfriedhof.'
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    And the original photo again, photos are from, and posted on the 'Leaping Horseman' Facebook page if anyone wishes to check out the original posting....

    Cheers

    Bob
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    It is great to hear that people still care enough to put the work in to bring these guys home.
    Cheers,
    Al

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    Just to clarify, the soldiers were re-interred in the Rossoshka Sammelfriedhof, and the last photo is a composite using the original photo
    and the recent shot....



    Bob

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    Excellent work. Thanks for the thread Bob.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Great thread!.....
    It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.



    I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...

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    Great thread. Thanks for taking the time to share.

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    liked it.

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    I have worked with one of the main groups operating in Stalingrad on behalf of the Volksbund and they do some great work,

    Alex Skvorin is superb at locating locations around Stalingrad for then and now photos.

    One of the better methods of locating cemeteries is from the maps and records that were prepared by each Division etc for their EhrenFriedhofs as even when the cemeteries have been destroyed on the surface they can still be located and excavated from these wartime documents !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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