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U.96 under attack.

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This is an unsimulated photograph taken by Lothar-Gunther Buchheim during his "patrol" in the U.96.
The U.Boat is crash diving and this is an engineer closing the diesel exhaust outlets.
In the foreword to his book, Buchheim wrote:-
"Most of these photos I rediscovered only recently on timeworn, battered reels of undeveloped film I had lost sight of long ago. When I fished the sodden enlargements out of the bath, I was suddenly conscious that what I was holding were historical documents, most of them 35 years old."

This was written by him about 1978, or earlier.
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Hugh Ferguson

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Thu, 20 September 07 06:59

Buchheim wrote in his foreword, "As a twenty-three year old artist, my part in reporting the war was to produce suitable paintings and drawings. I was not a war photographer-what pictures I shot were for my own record. Convinced that the reality of war was not being reflected in the routine dispatches of war correspondents, I was driven to take more than 5,000 photos. Every aspect, every detail counted, bore witness to the reality of war, for unless I captured it on film it was irretrievably gone. Perhaps it was a kind of protest against such terrible transience that impelled me to almost manic lengths to capture images-a determination to render an account of everything we did and endured.
Indeed, when hopes of survival, of the chances to bear witness, began to dwindle in the final year of the war, when everything really did "come crashing down in smithereens," in the words of the song we used to sing, I took up the camera less and less frequently.
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Thu, 20 September 07 10:04

You win some, you lose some....

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Thu, 20 September 07 14:59

It is great to see moments of time as they happened. A picture tells you so much more than words. I have taken lots of pictures throughout my life but there are thoudsands I wish I had taken.

Having a camera always handy is a good thing. The problem until digital was getting the things developed.

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Sat, 27 December 08 17:50

Lovely words Ken, how very true too .... transparences have proved to be a bit of a pain also, we took quite a lot of them but getting them scanned is a problem, once you have scanned them theres not much use for quite an expensive machine... !!

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