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This picture isn't in the files of any genuine executions. It purports to show German troops executing Belgium civilians. It's a bit of propoganda really, meant to show the population what could be their fate if they helped allied soldiers to escape. They did actually execute some for this offence, but it was found to be counter-productive, and more trouble than it was worth. Hence the photograph, which appears to have been circulated in the form of a postcard. A clue to it being posed, is the way the soldiers are holding their weapons, not the best way to hit a target, no matter how close they were.

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January 26, 2016 at 5:09 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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