This white picture on the left is shared all over the internet and is supposed to be a WW2 photo showing a resistance fighter grabbing a gun (Sturmgewehr 44) from a dead German soldier.
It does not.
When I first saw it I was impressed and fascinated, I’ve studied the resistance during WW2 fir decades, one of the subjects I was/am specialised in was the role of women during this war and this seems like a picture I should have known.
It is a great photo, a young risk doing something dangerous, fighting the good cause, looking straight into the camera with that striking glare, I like it.
But if you study old photos as part of your job, you sort of get a sixth sense for the ones that are not quite right.
I could not put my finger on it right away but as much as I liked the photo, something told me it was not a real 1940s photo.
So I examined the picture up close and soon found out I was right.
There is a marking on the StG44 that I’d never seen before on these guns and the gun also looked a bit off.
I enlarged that part of the photo and after some searching found out that it was the logo belonging to an US company called “American Tactical”, they sell guns, including replica’s of historical weapons.
But you they did not supply the German army with StG44’s during WW2…
So once I knew the photo was a modern re-enactment, it didn’t take me long to track down the original.
It was shot in 2012 by Oleg Volk, the Partisan is his model April.
You can find the photo on his blog by clicking here.
History is important, we must treat it with care.
That is why we must fight against the sharing of Fake History.
It is great that this stunning photo is shared online, but we must make sure people know it is not a genuine historical image.
Especially today when social media can help spread a lie faster than any new outlet or outdated history book.
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I do not own the copyrights to this picture, I only share it here for educational purposes to try and make sure the real story behind it becomes known and people will stop spreading false information.
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