Sometimes while researching, you’ll come across a fact or name that will stop you in your tracks. That was definitely the case when we saw this card to a German officer called Robert-Allan Stevenson. One wonders how a man of obvious British ancestry ended up in the Wehrmacht. He served as leader of a Panzer II Luchs platoon in a recon company of 9. Panzer-Division, was wounded during Operation Citadel and earned several medals, including both grades of the Iron Cross, panzer assault badge and wound badge. He ultimately survived the war and died 1 November 2006.
Some excellent detective work by Alex Skvorin has revealed that the photo of a German prisoner was taken in Stalingrad during the September fighting. A rare photo indeed. Alex wrote:
“The photo did not have any captions. But from the first photo everything seems to be clear. In the background, you can see a bit of the House of Specialists on the embankment of Stalingrad. I couldn’t solve the problem with the prisoner for a long time until I combined these two photos. Roofs of private houses, columns match precisely. Both photos were taken in Stalingrad, in the same place. As a result, a photo of a German prisoner of war (probably 71st infantry division) surrounded by our soldiers, still at the early stage of the battle. I think it’s September 1942.
Somewhere along this stretch of road leading to Smolensk are the graves of eight soldiers from the Falke-Division. To date their remains have not been disinterred by the Volksbund. In order to prevent the graves from being robbed by “black diggers”, no further information can be shared.