With the snow as a backdrop, this photo creates a harsh divide between prisoner and captor. Here you can see German soldiers carrying wounded comrades to a POW collection area. They march under the escort of U.S. Army soldiers of the 70th Infantry Division — also known as the Trailblazers. This photo was taken after the American capture of the town of Wingen-sur-Moder, where a small but strategically important battle took place between German and American forces. It’s difficult to reconcile the horrors the German army inflicted with the vulnerability of the bandaged head of a man having to be carried, but these moral ambiguities lie at the heart of war.
Wingen-sur-Moder, Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine (Grand Est), Bas-Rhin, France.
7 January 1945.