AlifRafikKhan wrote:Disconsolate German prisoners, late 1943. Two in the front rank have lost their boots and face almost inevitable death...
Source : Book "World War II In Photographs" by Carlton Books
There is a pair of boots hanging between them. One of them is surely helding them a little behind his back. Perhaps the other one barefoot has his boots too but more tightly behind his back? As both do held their arms backwards. Not all of them do.
Their feet seems to be clean, so they had not yet marched barefoot. They COULD have been just robbed the moment before - such surely happened. But not here - as we do see the boots held by them.
So what happened here? A visitation where they had to show if they did hide something in the shoes??
Or they had just run out from the barrack to appell - and had not the time to put on their shoes?
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