27 December 2015

0120 | Comparison | Then and now



Then and now: House of the National Assembly in Belgrade. The victory parade of the 11th Armoured Division ("Ghost Division") of the 1st Armoured Group, the conqueror of Belgrade, in front of the House of the National Assembly. Tanks of the division's armoured regiment parade before their commanders: standing in the centre is Colonel General Ewald von Kleist (group's commander), standing to his right is Major General Ludwig Crüwell (divisional commander), and on the left, in black uniform, there is Lieutenant Colonel Gustav-Adolf Riebel (regimental commander). The capturing of Belgrade was also mentioned in the "Song of Armoured Group Kleist": "Nothing was too difficult and unachievable, we were the victors of Belgrade. We crushed all resistance and put an end to a false state." Crüwell later fought under Rommel and, after the war, became chairman of the Africa Corps Veterans Association; Riebel was killed in 1942 at Stalingrad – and von Kleist ended his life in Soviet captivity, as a war criminal, in 1954. Today, standing at this site – from which the three officers once proudly watched their rolling tanks – are the civilians waiting for the bus.

Text: Ivan Ž.

Photographer: a) Heinz Fremke; b) unknown.
Date: a) 13 April 1941; b) December 2014.
Location: a) Belgrade, Yugoslavia; b) Belgrade, Serbia.
Original caption: a) "After the capture of Belgrade. A German tank parade before Colonel General von Kleist in front of the Skupština, the Serbian parliament, in Belgrade." b) no caption.

File source: a) Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe, 2-485; b) Srbija danas.

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Onda i sada: Dom Narodne skupštine u Beogradu. Pobednička parada 11. oklopne divizije ("Sablasne divizije") 1. oklopne grupe, osvajača Beograda, ispred Doma Narodne skupštine. Tenkovi oklopnog puka divizije defiluju pred komandantima: u sredini stoji general-pukovnik Evald fon Klajst (komandant grupe), sa njegove desne strane stoji general-major Ludvig Krivel (komandant divizije), a sa leve, u crnoj uniformi, potpukovnik Gustav-Adolf Ribel (komandant puka). Osvajanje Beograda je opevano i u "Pesmi Oklopne grupe Klajst": "Preteško i nedostižno nije bilo ništa, mi smo bili pobednici kod Beograda. Otpor svaki mi smo slomili i na državu lažnu tačku stavili." Krivel je kasnije ratovao pod Romelom i posle rata postao predsednik Udruženja veterana Afričkog korpusa; Ribel je poginuo 1942. kod Staljingrada – a fon Klajst je život okončao u sovjetskom zarobljeništvu, kao ratni zločinac, 1954. godine. Danas na ovom mestu  sa kojeg su trojica oficira nekada ponosno posmatrali svoje kotrljajuće tenkove – stoje civili koji čekaju autobus.

Tekst: Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: a) Hajnc Fremke; b) nepoznat.
Datum: a) 13. april 1941; b) decembar 2014.
Mesto: a) Beograd, Jugoslavija; b) Beograd, Srbija.
Originalni natpis: a) "Posle zauzimanja Beograda. Parada nemačkih tenkova pred general-pukovnikom fon Klajstom ispred Skupštine, srpskog parlamenta, u Beogradu." b) bez natpisa.

Izvor fajla: a) Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe, 2-485; b) Srbija danas.

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