Recently Freed POWs And Forced Labourers Wander The Streets Near Hanover
If you don’t know the context of the photograph, it can look like a very simple gesture — just a man handing out cigarettes to friends. But their clothes give away a wider meaning. This image, captured near Hanover, actually shows a British Army soldier as he hands out cigarettes to liberated Soviet POWs and forced labourers.
The Soviet soldiers and labourers were wandering the German roads when the soldier happened upon them. In the early days of freedom, a simple gesture like this would have been incredibly meaningful.
Province of Hanover, Free State of Prussia (now, Lower Saxony), Germany.
10 April 1945.