13 June 2018

0343 | Photo | 9. Panzer-Division



Operation 25. Members of the 9th Armoured Division taking a break at the Deve Bair border crossing next to a burning Yugoslav border post – which they torched themselves, for propaganda purposes. The German press later wrote: "Before they fled, Serbian customs officers set their border post on fire." In reality, during the retreat, Yugoslav troops (not customs officers) did not torch their border posts. They destroyed only what might have been useful to the enemy: military warehouses, aircrafts, ships, bridges... The soldiers who (bravely) defended the border at the Deve Bair did not flee but were captured, as can be seen in one of other photos by the same German photographer; also seen in that picture, behind the prisoners, is the same, at the time still not torched, border post.

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Robert Ofner.
Date: 6 April 1941.
Location: Deve Bair (Kriva Palanka), Yugoslavia.
Original caption: unknown.

File source: Nationaal Archief, 27021A 014.

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Operacija 25. Pripadnici 9. oklopne divizije u predahu na graničnom prelazu Deve bair pored plamteće jugoslovenske karaule – koju su sami zapalili, u propagandne svrhe. Kasnije će u nemačkoj štampi pisati: "Pre nego što su pobegli, srpski carinici su svoju karaulu zapalili." U stvarnosti, jugoslovenska vojska (a ne carinici) pri povlačenju nije palila karaule. Uništavano je samo ono što je neprijatelju moglo biti od koristi: vojni magacini, avioni, brodovi, mostovi... Vojnici koji su granicu (hrabro) branili na Deve bairu nisu bežali nego su zarobljeni, kao što se vidi na jednoj od drugih slika istog nemačkog fotografa; na toj slici se, iza zarobljenika, takođe vidi ova ista, tada još uvek nezapaljena, karaula.

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Robert Ofner.
Datum: 6. april 1941.
Mesto: Deve bair (Kriva Palanka), Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: nepoznat.

Izvor fajla: Nationaal Archief, 27021A 014.

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