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Ruhr Pocket: 1945

Ruhr Pocket: 1945

Men from the 526th Armored Infantry Battalion rest a moment during a reconnaissance mission in the Ruhr Pocket near Frankfurt, Germany, Spring 1945. From left to right, Saba Herrere, Jack Mocnik, Chris Breuninger, Louie Belezzuoli and Harlan Baker. View full size.

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Ruhr or Frankfurt

Either is was Frankfurt or the Ruhr pocket. The distance between the two is 250 kilometers!

Wrong lineup

I think the photographer has the lineup incorrect. Harlan Baker looks to be on the far left, not on the far right. Jack and Chris look to be in the right lineup anyway.

Name Your Poison

I see what I think are at least 3 different weapons here. From L to R: 1) An M1 carbine 2) A BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) and 3) an M1 Garand. The rarest of these is the BAR, since I believe a company only had a few guys armed with these.

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