Operation Mercury: German Paratroopers prior to boarding Junkers Aircraft: World War II in Greece prior to invading Crete

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Ian Stehbens on June 16, 2012

The officer on the left was later captured and shot. The negative of this photo was found on his person.

jeff_msn123 on June 16, 2012


You are the officer, aren't you?

Cheers, Jeff

Maja Weidemueller on June 17, 2012

Really spooky somehow .... and precious testimony, I bet some history teachers would be happy top get hold of it! And yes: Cyprus has seen far too many soldiers, throughout the last 3000 years .....

Have a very nice evening!

~~~~~~~ Maja ~~~~~~

Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2012

Dear Jeff,

No I am not in the photo, Jeff. These are German paratroopers during World War II. I like you, wasn't born till after that terrible war. A family friend who served in the Middle East during that war was involved, I understand in the capture of the officer. The negative of this photo was among his possessions when he was captured. A print came home to Australia with the Australian soldier, and he kept it for all of his life. He gave it to an uncle of mine, and today it has come to me as I am our family historian.


Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2012

Dear Maja,

If, by posting this some miracle happens whereby, someone in Germany recognizes one or more of the paratroopers in the photo I will be so pleased. The descendants of these men deserve to have this photo, I believe. But unless I post it here in a public forum they can never know that it exists.


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