Recently this photograph popped up on the world wide web depicting a German Soldier who was Killed in Action lying in front of a German tank. The photograph in full size seen here:
The German KIA Soldier, with the rank of Gefreiter (Lance Corporal) lies in front of a disabled German Panzerkampfwagen IV (Ausführung F2 / G? A reader that can help in?). Is this photograph real or not? Well, Argunners has uncovered the myth..
The photograph is not real and reworked with photoshop! The picture exist actually of two photographs with (1) the German KIA Gefreiter and (2) the destructed German Panzerkampfwagen IV.
(1) This soldier was in real Killed in Action in July 1943 in Kursk, Russia. The real picture can be seen below:
(2) The German Panzerkampfwagen IV is presumably also taken during the Kursk Offensive. Other information misses, should any reader fill in the gap, all help is appreciated. The real picture of the PzKpfv IV can be seen below: