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American troops posing with a captured Nazi flag and a wrecked German tank, Chambois, France, 20 Aug 1944

Caption   American troops posing with a captured Nazi flag and a wrecked German tank, Chambois, France, 20 Aug 1944 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   ARC 531503
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Photos on Same Day 20 Aug 1944
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 12 Nov 2008
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1. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
15 Sep 2011 07:55:28 PM


Looks like these GIs have had a hard day, captured a Nazi flag and ready for some rear area R&R.
We see the troops Medic better know as "Doc" The other GIs are armed with M-1 Garand rifles w/ammo bandoleers, along with the usual web belts and canteens the troops are wearing canvas leggings.
One GI is holding a pistol of unidentified make and caliber, but it doesn't look like a GI M-1911,.45 Caliber Semi-Automatic Pistol.
During WWII the Germans captured different types of Semi-Automatic Pistols from the occupied countries, so its a guess here, as to what make it is.

The knocked out German tank looks like it could be a Panther.
Say who got to keep that flag? What was that WWII saying: The Germans fought for Hitler, the Japanese fought for the Emperor, and the GI fought for souvenirs. So what about the Italians?


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2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
28 Sep 2011 08:41:32 PM

The GI holding a semi-automatic pistol the make could be a Belgian FN Browning 7.65mm
Model 1922. I'm looking at the profile of the pistol, this is my guess based upon my own firearms knowledge.

The pistol in the German Army was considered a legitimate weapon and a badge of rank, and
Pistols were issued to Field Officers, Rear area Officers, Crewman of tanks and other types of fighting vehicles and other troops large quanties of foreign pistols were captured by the Germans, and were issued as far as they would go.
Revolers were also issued when the supply of semi-auto pistols were exhausted. The most famous German pistols remain the Luger 08 and
the Walther P-38, and PP/PPK.

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