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    Soldier's camera and photos found in WWII foxhole

    The Battle of the Bulge is known as one of the most deadly and influential battles of WWII. Taking place over the course of five weeks, this surprise attack by the Germans caught allied forces off-guard, causing massive casualties, especially among U.S. Troops.

    Among the 89,000 casualties was a soldier named Louis J. Archambeau, a Chicago native who left behind an interesting surprise in a foxhole he had been taking refuge in during the cold weather and rough artillery fire.


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    Wow. I wonder how they developed 69 year-old film. D-76 with stand development?
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    The camera and film was actually found a few years ago, as the photos appeared in a book concerning the 80th ID back in 2008...so make that 64 years ago..

    It remains a pretty darn cool recovery though.


    As to stating the Battle of the Bulge had no influence at all, I do have to disagree with that somewhat. It pretty much swallowed up Germany's reserves on the western front. The overal defense of the Reich could've lasted way longer if they hadn't wasted their resources on this gambit.
    Last edited by Mr_Flibble; 07-02-2014 at 05:20 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    thanks for sharing

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    Thank you for posting the thread.
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    Interesting piece of history!

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    In the British military taking photographs in combat areas and keeping diaries by serving soldiers is strictly forbidden.
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    I didn't read what camera or film was found or how they processed it

    Was that mentioned anywhere?

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    On the technical side, it would be interesting to know the details of how they recovered the film. I thought it was amazing no one else discovered these items after all these years. I have always pictured this part of Europe as having a high density population with hardly no area of woods as being unexplored. Quite amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wblynch View Post
    I didn't read what camera or film was found or how they processed it

    Was that mentioned anywhere?
    Bill, here is a photo of the camera in question being recovered from the foxhole. To me it looks like a Zeiss Ikon Nettar (or a VERY similar 6x9 camera).


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