Group of US, Czech, Russian, Yugoslavian prisoners cheering, waving and laughing at liberation of OFLAG XIII-B Camp Hammelburg
Gemunden Germany Date:1945, April 6 Duration:2 min 59 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Freed Allied prisoners of war at OFLAG XIII-B, known as Camp Hammelburg, outside of Gemünden, Germany. A group of US, Czech, Russian, Yugoslav prisoners of war standing together along with the liberating 14th U.S. Armored Division soldiers. Two prisoners talk to each other. The prisoners cheering, waving and laughing. Two prisoners walk down the road smiling; one waving a copy of Yank Magazine, the other a chunk of bread. U.S. Amry M-4 tank crashes through barbed wire fence of Camp Hammelburg. A group of freed prisoners gathers. Several prisoners stand and pose. Mass gathering of elated former prisoners. Freed prisoners of war dash toward U.S. soldiers and embrace them. This was the conclusion of the originally failed "Operation Hammelburg", initially attempted by "Task Force Baum" (under Captain Abraham Baum) ten days prior. The inmates at the camp included the recently injured and captured Captain Baum, and Lieutenant Colonel John K. Waters, who was the son in law of U.S. Army General George Patton. LTC John Waters had been injured during the initial rescue attempt 10 days prior. The rescued Lieutenant Captain John Waters is seen around the 2:35 mark of the clip, shaking hands with the liberating soldiers and smiling.
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