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Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

American soldiers collecting weapons from surrendering German forces of Generalleutnant Botho Elster. Generalleutnant Botho Elster surrendered himself and his 20,000 troops at the River Loire on September 17, 1944 to the American 83rd Infantry Division. They marched from the Loire to the Pyrenees.

Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

German soldiers entering a concentration area on May 9, 1945 to be disarmed by soldiers of the 1st Canadian Corps, Breukelen, Netherlands. The sign suggests the 1st Corps soldiers are Brits from the Polar Bears.

Note K98s at left.

Source: http://histomil.com/viewtopic.php?f=338&t=3918&start=3760

Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

Stacking rifles that were turned in by surrendering Germans.

Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

British soldiers processing surrendered German weapons in the Dodecanese islands following General Wagner’s formal surrender.

During World War II, Italy joined the Axis Powers, which used the Dodecanese as a naval staging area for their invasion of Crete in 1941. After the surrender of Italy in September 1943, the islands briefly became a battleground between the Germans and Allied forces, including the Italians (see Battle of Leros). The Germans prevailed in the Dodecanese Campaign, and although they were driven out of mainland Greece in 1944, the Dodecanese remained occupied until the end of the war in 1945.

Source: http://www.johnhearfield.com/Bob/Dodecanese/Occupation.htm

Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

German soldiers surrendering their weapons to what appear to be British troops (K98s in foreground).

Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

Germans hand in their weapons in Soest, Netherlands.

Source: http://www.k98kforum.com/showthread.php?16112-Period-photos-Capture-rifles/page3

Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

Germans hand in their weapons in Soest, Netherlands on May 10th, 1945 to what appear to be British troops.

Source: http://www.k98kforum.com/showthread.php?16112-Period-photos-Capture-rifles/page3

Surrendered Weapons

Surrendered Weapons

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