Great pix! Wonder if we could have gotten the various government representatives together over a few bowls if the whole mess could have been avoided. Sure as hell the grunts on the ground for both sides would rather have been smoking at home on the front porch.
Nice thread Kashmir, I like how you used Oppenheimer as the final pic there.
A few to add...
RAF pilot Douglas Bader, his story is very much worth looking up.
New Zealand Army sergeant
Finnish Army General Kurt Martti Wallenius
Japanese soldier, unknown info?
In 2008, a complete Sturmgeschütz IV was discovered under the bed of Rgilevka River near Grzegorzewo in west part of Poland. It sunk in the river on 19 or 20th January 1945 while crossing it over the ice. It's in almost perfect condition assuming all those years down there. The turret was taken away almost 2 years before the actual body was taken out.
While exploring the contents of vehicle, elements of a body of a mechanic/panzerman were found. Human remains were cared for as well as appropriate legal service was called. Large quantities of personal and weapon gear were also found inside.
Yes, thanks gents, for contributing. Outstanding photos, and background captions, as well. This period of history has long held my attention. Pipes and tobacco provided the simple pleasures of home for the men in the field, lending whatever measure of solace to those forced to face the unthinkable.
MSO489 - Patton was an avid pipe smoker but mainly briars, the large cobb was a gimmick for the photographers and crowd so they could capture the pipe.
Thanks to all for the great pictures, keep them coming,