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I’ve seen this one before. Was he captured by the Americans/Brits or the Soviets?
Cries in fear. The uniform 3 sizes too large for him that he was most likely forced into. Just like the AA gun he was most likely forced to operate. As the NAZI Army declined many youth were forced to take up arms.
My grandmother recalls Nazis coming through her village in Northern Greece during the war. She said she knew they were the bad guys but couldn’t help feeling sorry for them because many of them were just boys.
I don’t for one second doubt the OP’s title. But this boy looks very young for 16
Edit- removed unnecessary quotation marks
As the war gets older, the soldiers get younger.
I see more fear. “Shame” is a projection of a censorious observer.
“He was crying from combat shock, having been mixed in with a regular infantry unit that had been overrun by the US with hard fighting.” https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/hans-georg-henke-16-year-old-german-soldier-crying/