27 December 2015

0120 | Comparison | Then and now



Belgrade – then and now. After nine SS men from the "Reich" Division took advantage of the general confusion and (formally) captured the Yugoslav capital on 12 April, a victory parade of the true conqueror of the city, the 1st Armoured Group, was held on 13 April 1941 at noon, in front of the House of the National Assembly. In the (old) photo, tanks of the "Ghost Division" (11th Armoured Division) parade before their commanders: standing in the centre is Colonel General Ewald von Kleist (commander of the armoured group), to his right is Major General Ludwig Crüwell (division commander), and on the left, in black uniform, is Lieutenant Colonel Gustav-Adolf Riebel (commander of the division's armoured regiment). The defeat of Belgrade was also celebrated 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 the 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. At this site, from which the three officers once proudly watched their rolling tanks, people wait for a bus today.

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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Beograd – onda i sada. Nakon što su 12. aprila devetorica esesovaca iz divizije "Rajh" iskoristili opštu pometnju i (formalno) zauzeli jugoslovensku prestonicu, u podne 13. aprila 1941. godine, ispred Doma Narodne skupštine, održana je pobednička parada istinskih osvajača grada, 1. oklopne grupe. Na (staroj) slici, tenkovi "Sablasne divizije" (11. oklopna divizija) defiluju pred svojim komandantima: u sredini stoji general-pukovnik Evald fon Klajst (komandant oklopne grupe), sa njegove desne strane je general-major Ludvig Krivel (komandant divizije), a sa leve, u crnoj uniformi, potpukovnik Gustav-Adolf Ribel (komandant oklopnog puka divizije). 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. godine kod Staljingrada – a fon Klajst je život okončao u sovjetskom zarobljeništvu, kao ratni zločinac, 1954. Na ovom mestu, sa kojeg su tri oficira nekada ponosno posmatrala svoje kotrljajuće tenkove, danas ljudi 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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