- Captured German Paratrooper Poster
- Colourized vintage photograph
- Year: 1945
- Artist: Unknown (colorized by Julius Jääskeläinen)
The story of this poster
A colourized vintage photography of a young German fallschirmjäger captured by the US army, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, near Weywertz. Belgium, 15 January 1945. The reaction of this young Fallschirmjäger Obergefreiter to becoming a prisoner of war speaks volumes about his sense of unit pride and shame of capture. This youthful captive was a rarity in the Luftwaffe’s 3rd Parachute Division, where few had ever jumped into combat. This was because he wears the diving eagle Parachutist’s badge (Fallschirmschützenabzeichen), for making six qualifying jumps, which will no doubt shortly become a GI souvenir. Part of Oberst Helmut von Hoffmann’s Fallschirm Regiment 9, this Obergefreiter had fought through Lanzerath attached to Kampfgruppe Peiper on 16 December, only to be captured by the US 1st Infantry Division at Weywertz, near Butgenbach, on 15 January 1945. Text from Snow & Steel: The Battle of the Bulge, 1944-45 by Peter Caddick-Adams. Colourized by Julius Jääskeläinen.
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