The caption on the photo reads: "German POW's that were captured after the fall of Manila. Also captured was the 88mm Field Guns they had been using to shell the city."
Some people think it's mis-captioned and this is actually taken in San Francisco at the Presidio. Another comment is North Africa. Some people feel that the wools are a dead give away to be California. There are comments about the Afrika Korps uniforms, but these weren't just limited to Afrika. They were German tropical uniforms, so they were good anywhere in that region.
Anyways, most of the comments were skeptical about this being the Philippines, mainly because of the building and the wool GI uniforms. But, the sandy road fringed by grass lawns and white painted wood posts really reminds me of the Philippines and the architecture of the building is definitely Spanish-style. If it's up in Baguio area, we all know it can get very cool up there.
Hope some of you experts can shed some light on this.
I think the picture is miscaptioned. Those palm trees are not common to the Philippines at all... they look like the California palm trees. While the building in the back is Spanish-style, it's not the style common in the Philippines. The Spanish architecture in the PI look more like these:
that picture was probably taken in u.s. (the west coast because of the palmeras). it can't be in north afrika because of the architecture. the germans mounted commando/spy probing missions in the us but most of them were executed for espionage.
how about, maybe, fort sam houston in san antonio, texas, or maybe fort bliss in el paso. just going on the trees and architecture behind the germans. it just looks stateside (the car, etc). it sure aint manila.
Post by markswastate on Nov 7, 2008 3:28:51 GMT -5
Not Ft Sam Huston, nor Ft Bliss, hills and brush in left background are not correct.
I am really leaning to the Presidio of San Francisco, I was stationed there for a year to learn German back in 1987, or could even be Presidio of Monterey. However I can't find a similar roofline on any buildings either place.
I believe it is a picture of a German POW work party somewhere in California during the war, and NOT in the Philippines.
hey mark....methinks those are not hills in the left background, but larger domestic trees, ala the ones in center background. they, to me at least, look sculptured, trimmed,etc as you would find on an older military post such as forts houston, bliss, and yes, the presidio. how about fort macarthur??
Post by markswastate on Nov 9, 2009 3:46:40 GMT -5
After a look around California WWII military bases, I feel this photo could very well be Fort Hunter-Liggett, and the Germans are in front of the Milpitas Hacienda. Hard to get a good veiw from the side I want, but the roof line definitely suggests it.
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