Sword practice; Germany, 1941

 

Sword Play at the Front

Sword Play at the Front

Wehrmacht soldiers posing with swords…

This private snapshot is dated September 28, 1941 and depicts two German Wehrmacht soldiers playing at swords. The locale is not identified—but the date and carefree demeanor of the fencers could indicate that this picture was taken in the early days of Unternehmen Barbarossa, probably in Russia or Ukraine.

Since swords found no use on the German side, the weapons used may have been captured or confiscated from civilians. Only the fencer to the left indicates a basic grasp of fencing principle.

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