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Original black and white photo found here.
Full description: Wounded German soldiers taken as POWs by American troops during Operation Dragoon wait to be treated by medics at a collection point. The operation was second invasion of France, the first being the D-Day landings in Normandy. Operation Dragoon was the codename for the Allied invasion of southern France, on the Mediterranean coast which began on 15 August 1944. The invasion was initiated via a parachute drop by the U.S. 1st Airborne Task Force, followed by an amphibious assault by elements of the U.S. Seventh Army a day later by a force made up primarily of the French First Army. The landing caused the German Army Group G to abandon southern France and to retreat under constant Allied attacks to the Vosges Mountains. Between Cavalaire-sur-Mer and Saint-Raphaël, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, France. August 1944. Image taken by Henry L. Griffin.
Dude on the left is straight up not having a good time
I’d just feel like such a jackass all banged up and wounded, like what was I even fighting for. Wishing I was one of the guys who got to surrender without getting injured first
The guy in shades looks like the one hippie from a goofy movie
Am I the only one seeing Mel Gibson?
However, these guys must have felt happy about their fate, a short time after being captured: They survived the war and knew they won’t have to go into a soviet POW camp. Knowing that the war is finally over for them must have been an incredible relieve. I always think that, whenever I see pictures of "fresh" POWs, that don’t seem to be mortally wounded.
Guy on the right looks like Jack O’Neill