Nuremburg, Germany, 1945
The spoils of war: the German city of Nuremburg after its capture by American forces. Before the war, the city was a center of Nazi Party activity and hosted Hitler’s massive political extravaganzas in its gigantic stadium.
The photo captures city residents and two young German soldiers using buckets to remove the rubble created by the intensive Allied air campaign to destroy this symbol of Nazi power as well as the effects of the final battle for the city. Two GIs in a jeep look on.
Long after the city’s occupation, holes in the piles of rubble provided cover for fanatical German boys to take pot shots at passing GIs. Squads of infantrymen would then be dispatched to drop grenades down these holes in order to eliminate the snipers.