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rudeerude
11-11-2009, 10:13 PM
Here is some of my work of Now and Then pictures.I decided to show how the pictures look before I have merged them together.I will post more as I am always on the look out for these pictures.

rudeerude
11-11-2009, 10:17 PM
Here is my very first attempt at merging a Now and Then
Loket Town Hall which is in the Czech Republic. Those pictured 14th Tank Battalion, 9th Armored Division.
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rudeerude
11-11-2009, 10:26 PM
German infantry replacements going upfront. Baesweiler, near Aachen, October 1944.
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rudeerude
11-11-2009, 10:37 PM
M-7 Priest of the 14th Armored Field Battalion / 2nd Armored Division at the crossroad of the street Holgate and the railroad Paris-Cherbourg.
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VonWeyer
11-12-2009, 01:16 AM
Well done...it gives a very goog perspective.

downwithpeace
11-12-2009, 11:07 AM
Great work, German infantry marching is almost ghostly.

rudeerude
11-12-2009, 07:47 PM
The main road of Kesternich, a village in the Eifel mountains, at the edge of Hurtgenforest: two abandoned German 'Hetzer' tank destroyers and passing G.I.'s (most probably of 2nd battalion/311th US infantry of 78th Infantry Division), early February 1945.
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This one was the toughest so far..

rudeerude
11-12-2009, 07:53 PM
Lance-Corporal Don Fife of No.2 Provost Company, Canadian Provost Corps (C.P.C.), on a motorcycle en route to Falaise - 12 August 1944,Fresney Le Puceux
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rudeerude
11-12-2009, 07:58 PM
Also here you can see the actual size of the photo's.

rudeerude
11-13-2009, 08:38 PM
The Malmedy massacre site
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rudeerude
11-13-2009, 08:43 PM
Homestead damaged by aircraft bomb, Baesweiler, near Aachen, October 1944.
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PPSHLover
11-15-2009, 02:55 PM
Rudeerude - MANY MANY thanks for these great photos.

I love before / after photos. Can you just imagine living in one of those houses today knowing what had happened on that very spot all those years ago.

Thanks for the time and effort you have put in to these. Great job.

cato
11-15-2009, 04:10 PM
I shall go out with my camera tomorrow:---

http://1.2.3.13/bmi/i276.photobucket.com/albums/kk27/rossinnit/DSC00130.jpg

http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:k4cA-DqgeNjQBM:http://www.southlakes.addr.com/userreq2008/bomadbbeybaths1941.jpg

Where I am sitting now was 'bomb alley' in WW2

johnd
11-16-2009, 12:53 AM
Very impressive work on the photos! i really enjoyed it.

rudeerude
11-16-2009, 06:41 PM
Two Non Commisioned Officers of SS Pz Aufkl. Abt 1 recon unit walking past the junction in Kaiserbaracke.I can't believe the modern day photo,who would have known..
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rudeerude
11-16-2009, 06:46 PM
In the village of Rocherath,Belgium Northern section of the Battle of the Bulge.

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Procyon
11-19-2009, 01:28 AM
Thank you for those images. Do you have more?

rudeerude
11-20-2009, 11:06 PM
The main street just to the South of Krinkelt
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rudeerude
11-20-2009, 11:12 PM
South of Krinkelt
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PPSHLover
11-21-2009, 12:49 PM
Great job again rudeerude.

Great pictures.

Many thanks

flamethrowerguy
11-21-2009, 01:46 PM
I agree, rudeerude, great work once again.

A little info about these last locations. Rocherath and Krinkelt are actually forming a twin villages (like Minneapolis/Saint Paul on a tiny scale;)) and are located in the German-speaking part of East Belgium. In 1940 the Third Reich annexed this region and about 250 inhabitants of the twin villages were drafted by the Wehrmacht (71 of these men were killed throughout the war).

During the Battle of the Bulge Rocherath-Krinkelt was heavily destroyed. How hard the battles had been may be told by the fact that until today 11 bodies (10 American, 1 German) of missing combatants were found inside the village's bounds.

Memorial for the involved US units (2nd and 99th Infantry Divisions):
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/1031321-22_Rocherath-Krinkelt_Mahnmale.jpg/450px-1031321-22_Rocherath-Krinkelt_Mahnmale.jpg

Patdau
11-22-2009, 05:29 AM
It's the best "now and then" job I've ever seen about WW2: they could took place in a school lesson. Subjets and treatment are very good.
I take my hat off.

DavidW
11-22-2009, 05:53 AM
Very good. Keep up the good work.

rudeerude
11-22-2009, 08:36 PM
Basly,France
27 June 1944 - Members of the 23rd Field Ambulance, R.C.A.M.C. laying flowers on graves. From left to right : Private W. Young, H. Roach, M.G. Newberry.The left grave, Private A.J. Barnes is still in the cemetery.
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Thanks to all for the positive comments.

VonWeyer
11-23-2009, 02:04 AM
Their is something very surreal about the pictures of the graves...it almost feels like history coming back to life.

Patdau
11-23-2009, 02:22 AM
Their is something very surreal about the pictures of the graves...it almost feels like history coming back to life.

When I was face to soldier's graves (Normandy), my feeling was 1000000000 different from what I imagined when I am in a forum or watching pixs.
Specially when I reed the age of these young men.
And also when I read the name of deads on each "monument aux morts" in each village or city.

VonWeyer
11-23-2009, 07:21 AM
I totally agree with you my friend...they made the ultimate sacrifice.

Moreheaddriller
11-23-2009, 09:06 AM
wow these are all fantastic

rudeerude
11-30-2009, 07:41 PM
I agree, rudeerude, great work once again.

A little info about these last locations. Rocherath and Krinkelt are actually forming a twin villages (like Minneapolis/Saint Paul on a tiny scale;)) and are located in the German-speaking part of East Belgium. In 1940 the Third Reich annexed this region and about 250 inhabitants of the twin villages were drafted by the Wehrmacht (71 of these men were killed throughout the war).

During the Battle of the Bulge Rocherath-Krinkelt was heavily destroyed. How hard the battles had been may be told by the fact that until today 11 bodies (10 American, 1 German) of missing combatants were found inside the village's bounds.

Memorial for the involved US units (2nd and 99th Infantry Divisions):
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/7d/1031321-22_Rocherath-Krinkelt_Mahnmale.jpg/450px-1031321-22_Rocherath-Krinkelt_Mahnmale.jpg

Thanks flamethrowerguy for the added info,something I learned by doing these picture's and using google map just to verify the spelling and locations.

rudeerude
11-30-2009, 07:48 PM
When I was face to soldier's graves (Normandy), my feeling was 1000000000 different from what I imagined when I am in a forum or watching pixs.
Specially when I reed the age of these young men.
And also when I read the name of deads on each "monument aux morts" in each village or city.

Patdau,I am sure I would have the same kind of feelings going thru the American cemetery's in Normandy.I don't think I will ever be fortunate to visit, living halfway around the world.

rudeerude
11-30-2009, 08:00 PM
On 25 December 1944 elements of the 463rd Ordnance entered La Gleize, where they found Tiger 204 in a field just off the main road on the eastern side of the village. After clearing the tank of any demolitions, the unit found that 204 was in running condition, and they decided to drive it to the city of Spa where it could be loaded onto a train and eventually shipped to the States.
The Ordnance soldiers took 204 east on the N33 and turned north onto a steep and narrow road which passed through Roanne and Ruy; the same road from Francorchamps which TF Lovelady had traveled on 20 December. The tank perhaps stalled more than once during its journey, since it was photographed in more than one location. While going uphill toward Neuville the tank’s engine caught fire. The fire was extinguished but the engine would not start again, and the tank was abandoned where it came to rest.It was later moved off the road and eventually scrapped.
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Enjoy

rudeerude
12-06-2009, 07:28 PM
In the center of the village of Honsfeld at the water trough,US soldiers possibly of the 99thID,394th IR or 14th Cav group.German soldiers of Pipers group??Anyone have more info to provide ?
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rudeerude
12-06-2009, 11:19 PM
Well in my quest to find more info on the fight for the village of Honsfeld,and a better photo description,I found more info.The 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion was assigned to the 99th ID.Company B of the 612th was in Honsfeld this day when Peipers group came rolling thru.I also found a good read about Company B from a few veterans that were there on this day.Worth a look if you are into the Battle of The Bulge.Its 14 pages in PDF format.
http://www.microrap.biz/612th-tdb/_adobe/company_b_history.pdf

PPSHLover
12-07-2009, 03:35 PM
Well in my quest to find more info on the fight for the village of Honsfeld,and a better photo description,I found more info.The 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion was assigned to the 99th ID.Company B of the 612th was in Honsfeld this day when Peipers group came rolling thru.I also found a good read about Company B from a few veterans that were there on this day.Worth a look if you are into the Battle of The Bulge.Its 14 pages in PDF format.
http://www.microrap.biz/612th-tdb/_adobe/company_b_history.pdf



Interesting but sickening article. Particularly sickening is this:

"The US military tribunal sentenced forty-three to death, including Jochen Peiper, twenty-two to life and eight to prison terms. All death sentences were eventually commuted. The last member of Kampfgruppe Peiper to leave prison was Jochen Peiper in 1956."

So in other words a few weeks prison for each murdered PW. Sorry fo rgoing off topic but that outcome just makes me so sick.

rudeerude
12-11-2009, 05:47 PM
Something I threw together real quick.Sainte Mere Eglise,
elements which landed at Utah Beach arrive at crossroad RN13 and D15, coming from Ravenoville.
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Patdau
12-12-2009, 10:57 AM
Always be a fan of your job on historical pics.
Best regards,
Patdau (always looking for good pixs for the site)

PPSHLover
12-13-2009, 11:59 AM
very good again Rudeerude.

Do you have much trouble finding the locations for the "now" photos and do you take the "now" photos yourself?

Best wishes

rudeerude
12-14-2009, 05:10 PM
very good again Rudeerude.

Do you have much trouble finding the locations for the "now" photos and do you take the "now" photos yourself?

Best wishes

I find all my pictures on the internet PPSHLover.I wish I could walk these places and take my own pictures.

rudeerude
01-09-2010, 11:52 PM
Tiger II. number 222 knocked out in Stavelot,Belgium
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Dmke2010
01-10-2010, 10:37 PM
simply amazing.. many thanks

stidham
01-15-2010, 04:05 PM
Those are so surreal. Very cool!!!

Gren Schell
01-16-2010, 04:25 AM
rudeerude
Thanks for posting these, this is by far my favourate section!;)

Schuultz
01-16-2010, 09:08 AM
It's amazing how much of the old is still visible today, without one ever noticing...

VonWeyer
01-18-2010, 07:19 AM
Many thanx ...as always, excellent work.

Laconia
01-22-2010, 07:50 PM
Very nice work! There's a magazine calld "After the Battle" that takes pictures from back then and modern ones and places them side by side. Not as good as your idea though.

Pip
01-22-2010, 09:14 PM
I think my favourite is the graveyard picture. Great job with these pictures! :D

rudeerude
01-25-2010, 06:50 PM
Many thanks to all for the comments.I think its about time I update this thread with a new picture.

VonWeyer
01-26-2010, 02:12 AM
Great work rudeerude...i think you work puts things into such perspective.
Is their any chance you can do some then and now pics from the beaches of Normandy...hope i am not being to forward.

rudeerude
01-26-2010, 12:59 PM
Great work rudeerude...i think you work puts things into such perspective.
Is their any chance you can do some then and now pics from the beaches of Normandy...hope i am not being to forward.

VoWeyer,its all about finding them first.Second the resolution size of the picture and quality.I have found some pictures with the picture size 300x300 ,thats to small I think.If try to enlarge them,to me they don't look as good.

VonWeyer
01-27-2010, 12:26 AM
Thanx for the feedback...300x300 is to small and you are right, enlarging them will look gritty...appreciate the effort.

rudeerude
01-27-2010, 06:35 PM
From the beaches of Normandy. A member of the Canadian Provost Corps (C.P.C.) guarding the first German prisoners to be captured by Canadian soldiers in the Normandy beachhead, France, 6 June 1944.

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VonWeyer
01-28-2010, 12:15 AM
Excellent...you have made my day.:D

rudeerude
02-09-2010, 05:54 PM
Sherman Firefly T212728 'Alla Keefek', 4 Troop, A Squadron 4th CLY
was left intact by the crew.Here 'Alla Keefek' near a no longer used exit of a side road.This now dead-end road was once the road to and from Villy-Bocage.Point 213 area.

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VonWeyer
02-10-2010, 12:37 AM
Once again you have made my day rudeerude...:D

rudeerude
02-11-2010, 04:04 PM
Once again you have made my day rudeerude...:D

Glad to have made your day VonWeyer :D

rudeerude
02-11-2010, 09:00 PM
Crippled Cromwell tanks at 'Point 213' in Normandy,with on the right a Firefly (T212728)this is the same Sherman Firefly 'Alla Keefek', 4 Troop, A Squadron 4th CLY.Note the telephone pole to the right on the then and now still there.Thanks goes to FTG .

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VonWeyer
02-12-2010, 12:26 AM
Excellent work rudeerude...keep them coming.:D:D:D

commanderk
03-03-2010, 12:06 PM
great work!!

rudeerude
03-03-2010, 05:54 PM
A column of Tiger IIs part of Peipers Kampfgruppe moving up toward the front lines on the afternoon of 12/15/44 ,the offensive commenced early morning 12/16/44. The pictures were taken in the tiny village of Tondorf with its narrow streets.Enjoy!!

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Schuultz
03-03-2010, 06:50 PM
So where do you actually get the modern pictures from Rudee? I doubt that these perfectly aligned images of historical sites would just be floating around on the internet?

rudeerude
03-03-2010, 09:03 PM
So where do you actually get the modern pictures from Rudee? I doubt that these perfectly aligned images of historical sites would just be floating around on the internet?

Sure they are Shuultz.I do that much photo searching on the net with google, I am always on the look out since I started this thread.Yes they are not always perfectly aligned thats why I use Photoshop for a little manipulation here and there on the then photo's.The resolution size is the key.Some just fall in place, while other take more work.

VonWeyer
03-04-2010, 12:55 AM
Thanx for the effort rudeerude...once again a brilliant post.:D

von_Kasbegi414
03-08-2010, 01:18 PM
I have kinda interesting for this thread...
my graphical works were done from classic photos, which are manipulated and redone with some combination of couple filters in the PhotFiltre 9.x.x - i am an experienced user, i create in it game skins and weapon rterxtures for CS.

Are you interesting enough to see my works? i think you will like them ;P

Schuultz
03-08-2010, 07:27 PM
Are you sure those German soldiers are real? To me they seem like reenactors...

flamethrowerguy
03-09-2010, 09:28 AM
Are you sure those German soldiers are real? To me they seem like reenactors...

Chubby mountain troopers? ;)

Schuultz
03-09-2010, 11:08 AM
Chubby mountain troopers? ;)

Chubby Mountain Troopers with modern glasses and pathetic attempts at beards...

But nevermind. When you take a closer look you can tell that they're probably just a part of the rest of the reenacting group, and have been photoshopped in from another modern photo rather than a historical one...

von_Kasbegi414
03-13-2010, 01:18 PM
They are reenactors, right...
but they saw like came from the past to today's world.

that photo was modificated to have a feeling that the people in background are from today, but the german soldiers are from the past. something like past and now were mixed together.

rudeerude
03-27-2010, 08:51 PM
My CP is acting stupid when I try to save or open photos,it freezes the app I am using.Hence the reason for no updates lately. : (

rudeerude
04-02-2010, 06:48 PM
Well I figured out a little work around for my pc problem so here we go.I could only find a little info on this picture.Rollbahan D , a Kubel passes a chapel in the village/town of Merlscheid.Battle of the Bulge

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rudeerude
05-21-2010, 07:43 PM
The twin villages Rocherath-Krinkelt,the northern section of the Bulge.Two Panthers destroyed.

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VonWeyer
05-24-2010, 03:05 AM
Once again Rudeerude.... Brilliant.

rudeerude
05-28-2010, 02:44 PM
Once again Rudeerude.... Brilliant.

Thank You! VonWeyer for your comment.I have slacked off a bit with this thread.

rudeerude
05-28-2010, 06:33 PM
I got motivated since my last post.The village Wirtzfeld. The picture shows US forces in the process of evacuating this village as the German spearheads approach in the Battle of the Bulge ,northern section. Pictured are a column from the US 99th Inf Div (372nd Field Artillery Batt) on the lane that will take them to Elsenborn Village 6km away.

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paynec87
08-05-2010, 04:46 PM
Brilliant pictures. Would never believe that places still stand even after being half destroyed.

Keep them coming! :D

Procyon
08-05-2010, 08:37 PM
love them as well! thanks.

Uyraell
08-05-2010, 08:49 PM
Stunning, Brilliant works, Rudeerude.
They give an extremely interesting sense of perspective:
What happened here/passed this way, so many years ago; yet unsuspecting observers would never pause long enough to look, know, nor wonder.
I truly enjoy your works.

Kind and Respectful Regards, Uyraell.

rudeerude
08-05-2010, 10:20 PM
Thanks all for the positive comments.I was just about to go looking for some pictures to update this thread but I decided to stop by the Forum first and seen some new comments.So hopefully in a few days I will have something new to post..

rudeerude
08-05-2010, 10:59 PM
Something I found while on my search for some now & then photo's.Some nice now & then photo's Holland,Normandy,Ardennes

http://www.battledetective.com/nowthenholland.html

jungleguerilla
08-06-2010, 12:09 AM
@rudeerude, please, post more! ;)

VonWeyer
08-06-2010, 02:29 AM
@rudeerude, please, post more! ;)

Agreed.

rudeerude
08-06-2010, 05:05 PM
Saint Laurent Sur Mer,Exit E1 - Wn65 - Vallee du Ruquet.German pillbox on Omaha Beach serving as a U.S. Army command post, during the early days of the invasion.Enjoy!

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DavidW
08-06-2010, 06:25 PM
Lots more to be found here....

http://sergey-larenkov.livejournal.com/

Procyon
08-09-2010, 06:53 AM
I was just going to post those DavidW. Looks like you beat me to it.

rudeerude
08-09-2010, 05:46 PM
Photo's compliments of FTG.American infantry moving thru the village of Immendorf near Geilenkirchen/Germany, WW2 image from November 1944.

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VonWeyer
08-10-2010, 01:54 AM
Excellent as always rudeerude.:D

Uyraell
08-10-2010, 11:32 PM
Stunningly done as always, Redeerude.
Many Thanks for these. :)
The Panther made me pause a bit, and check again. I think it is an Ausf G1.

The look of weariness in the men's eyes is one that seems familiar in some ways: it can still be seen in the eyes of a Veteran these days.

Kind and Respectful Regards Rudeerude, Uyraell.

rudeerude
08-13-2010, 05:29 PM
The Poteau ambush site of the 14th Cav.66 years and the shed still stands,although with all the growth you can barley see it.I have found some good now pictures of the area I think I might get 2 to 3 more photos coming soon.Enjoy...

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flamethrowerguy
08-13-2010, 05:50 PM
Well done, rudeerude. I've been there last year and I have to admit I was too lazy to walk the app. 100 yards from the road to the shed.:oops:

Gen. Sandworm
08-13-2010, 06:36 PM
I love these now and then treads. One of the things I always try to get when im on vacation. Always fun to look at even if you arent that familiar with the area.

Uyraell
08-13-2010, 08:44 PM
THAT is one mighty FINE set, Rudeerude!.
Warm Congratulations my friend: exceptionally Well Done!.

Kind and Respectful Regards, Uyraell.

jungleguerilla
08-13-2010, 08:55 PM
@rudeerude: I like the Quality of both images. I really like to view these photos. Nice work there Sergeant! Cheers.

VonWeyer
08-16-2010, 01:36 AM
Absolutely Brilliant.

rudeerude
08-26-2010, 06:38 PM
Well done, rudeerude. I've been there last year and I have to admit I was too lazy to walk the app. 100 yards from the road to the shed.:oops:

A young guy like you FTG "lazy" lol ;)

rudeerude
08-26-2010, 06:43 PM
And another Poteau famous photo.I don't know if the sunny sky really captures the moment,but otherwise I like it.Enjoy :D

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Procyon
08-26-2010, 06:46 PM
How do you know that that is the road? I mean I could've taken that picture just outside here. :P
Just saying...

rudeerude
08-27-2010, 11:04 PM
How do you know that that is the road? I mean I could've taken that picture just outside here. :P
Just saying...

I think my source is reliable.(all of my Battle of the Bulge pictures are from a person I have communicated with)With the aid of the shed as a still standing landmark and the aid of this map
http://www.museum-poteau44.be/ it would be easy to for someone with access to find the particular spots.

Uyraell
08-29-2010, 11:58 AM
You may have questionmarks regarding the sky Rudeerude, but, by the gods, you capture the moment with eerie clarity.
The fusion-result is both eerie, and strangely poignant: Evocative, is the word I feel the need to employ as a fitting descriptor.
Mighty fine work Rudeerude,

Kind and Respectful Regards my friend, Uyraell.

rudeerude
08-31-2010, 06:25 PM
You may have questionmarks regarding the sky Rudeerude, but, by the gods, you capture the moment with eerie clarity.
The fusion-result is both eerie, and strangely poignant: Evocative, is the word I feel the need to employ as a fitting descriptor.
Mighty fine work Rudeerude,

Kind and Respectful Regards my friend, Uyraell.

Why THANK YOU, Uyraell for the comment .I am glad you enjoy my work and effort.:D

Uyraell
09-01-2010, 08:07 AM
Why THANK YOU, Uyraell for the comment .I am glad you enjoy my work and effort.:D

I absolutely enjoy your work and effort Rudeerude.
You have a fine eye for the details, and a very fine talent, producing results which (as far as I'm aware) are unique.
Viewing your works is a pleasure, and very rewarding.

Kind and Respectful Regards Rudeerude my friend, Uyraell.

VonWeyer
09-01-2010, 09:15 AM
I absolutely enjoy your work and effort Rudeerude.
You have a fine eye for the details, and a very fine talent, producing results which (as far as I'm aware) are unique.
Viewing your works is a pleasure, and very rewarding.

Kind and Respectful Regards Rudeerude my friend, Uyraell.

I absolutely agree...rudeerude has started one of my most favourite threads in this forum.

rudeerude
09-02-2010, 05:59 PM
I absolutely enjoy your work and effort Rudeerude.
You have a fine eye for the details, and a very fine talent, producing results which (as far as I'm aware) are unique.
Viewing your works is a pleasure, and very rewarding.

Kind and Respectful Regards Rudeerude my friend, Uyraell.

Not all of my efforts have been successful guys.I have had a few that did not work out to my liking.Using Photoshop allows for some tweaking most of the time.

Uyraell
09-04-2010, 06:45 AM
A few that "don't quite turn out as you'd like" would, I'd think, be statistically natural, Rudeerude my friend.
What strikes me most is the talent you have for what you do with the works you produce.
Certainly, I couldn't do it with as much visual fluency.
Nor do I think many could.
You've taken a concept, and gradually evolved it into what amounts to a new art.
For that, and for the tremendous results you have thus far achieved, you do deserve much recognition and credit.

Warm, Kind, and Respectful Regards Rudeerude my friend, Uyraell.

tankgeezer
09-04-2010, 11:18 AM
Here,Here! working with images, be it making them with a camera, or a computer, sometimes will not yield the expected result, but that does not at all mean that its an unworthy result. We are all our own harshest critic, but don't listen to that guy. The truth of your work is yours alone, but can often best (and rightly so) be seen through others' eyes.

rudeerude
09-10-2010, 07:03 PM
More from the Poteau ambush area.The then picture shows German Officers walking back toward their vehicles once the crossroads had been captured.Enjoy :D

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Doering
10-13-2010, 08:30 PM
You have accomplished some great effects in those photos!

Za Rodinu
10-16-2010, 09:55 AM
Those are really great,Thanks for posting!

rudeerude
10-17-2010, 12:03 AM
Thanks Doering and Za Rodinu for the comments.Za Rodinu welcome to the forum.

rudeerude
10-28-2010, 04:57 PM
Well its been awhile and finally got motivated to do an update for this thread.Info the village of Ligneuville.The photo was taken after the recapture of Ligneuville in January of 1945.The Panther could be from Peipers Kampfgruppe.Enjoy

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flamethrowerguy
10-28-2010, 05:14 PM
The Panther could be from Peipers Kampfgruppe.

Right, Panther "152"/SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 LSSAH. Tank's commander was SS-UStuF Arndt Fischer (Peiper's post-war dentist). The tank was knocked-out by a Sherman on December 17, 1944 killing the Panther's driver, 19-year-old SS-Sturmmann Wolfgang Simon.

P.S. once more an excellent job here!

tankgeezer
10-28-2010, 05:32 PM
And ,to add insult, there was a citation for overtime parking.

Procyon
10-29-2010, 01:58 PM
Thanks for the update. I always check your "now and then" images out.

rudeerude
10-29-2010, 05:47 PM
Thanks for that added info FTG much appreciated.

VonWeyer
11-02-2010, 04:53 AM
Excellent...Excellent...Excellent!!!

rudeerude
12-10-2010, 05:40 PM
Battle Of the Bulge,these pictures of Fallschirmjager were taken on the 12/18/44 by an SS- Kriegsberichter of Tiger.II number 222.

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rudeerude
12-10-2010, 08:18 PM
And one more.Men of the 16th Infantry Regiment rush toward the shelter of amphibious tanks at the water’s edge of Easy Red sector, Omaha Beach, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.Enjoy

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rudeerude
12-10-2010, 08:23 PM
Make sure you view the Omaha beach in its full resolution...

Uyraell
12-11-2010, 08:10 PM
Absolutely stunning, the last two sets Rudeerude.

You're a real talent my friend. Thank you for sharing these.

Warm, Kind, and Respectful Regards Rudeerude my friend, Uyraell.

skorzeny57
01-20-2011, 03:49 PM
Hi rureerude,
this evening, for the first time since i joined the forum, i had the chance to look at this thread "Now and Then Pictures merged"... I can't find the right words to express my feelings about your amazing job... I think that is an extraordinary idea and an astonishing way to carry it out. Have you never been thinkin' to enlarge and print some of them? (i hope you did it...) Some of them seem unreal and real, at the same time... The soldiers look like ghosts, walkin' down the everyday roads...Many thank for sharing with us!!! Best things to you and your family.

skorzeny57

ps - if you give me the permission, but only if you'll do it, i would like to use one of them like background for the computer screen... Make me know something.

rudeerude
01-22-2011, 05:17 PM
Hi rureerude,
this evening, for the first time since i joined the forum, i had the chance to look at this thread "Now and Then Pictures merged"... I can't find the right words to express my feelings about your amazing job... I think that is an extraordinary idea and an astonishing way to carry it out. Have you never been thinkin' to enlarge and print some of them? (i hope you did it...) Some of them seem unreal and real, at the same time... The soldiers look like ghosts, walkin' down the everyday roads...Many thank for sharing with us!!! Best things to you and your family.

skorzeny57

ps - if you give me the permission, but only if you'll do it, i would like to use one of them like background for the computer screen... Make me know something.

skorzeny57,thank you for the compliment on my work.No I never thought about printing my work out.I just do it for the fun.As far as using a photo for your wallpaper be my guest and help yourself,Rudy

skorzeny57
01-23-2011, 07:14 AM
Hi rudeerude,
i just want to thank you for your kind availability. I'm pretty sure that you had some fun in doin' this job, but i just want you to know that you presented the same emotions to all the people that (like myself) share great passion for WWII history. Take care of you.
Raul

VonWeyer
01-24-2011, 12:51 AM
Rudeerude...the Omaha pictures are truly an outstanding piece of work...thank you!

rudeerude
01-24-2011, 06:30 PM
Tiger II. knocked out in Stavelot,Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge.Enjoy

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Uyraell
01-24-2011, 11:10 PM
Brilliance :)
I greatly enjoy your work Rudeerude.

Many thanks, for these pieces of art.

Kind and Respectful Regards Rudeerude my friend, Uyraell.

VonWeyer
01-25-2011, 12:10 AM
This is great...thank you Rudeerude!:D

skorzeny57
01-25-2011, 01:41 PM
Hi rudeerude,
this one is really astonishing!!! It's amazing to realize that houses and buildings are still the same, after almost seventy years... :shock: Since i have seen the first of your work, the main question in my mind is "How did you found every time the right place, where they shot the WWII pictures?" In a simple way, special. :D
Thank for posting.

ps - i choosed my wallpaper... Thank you!

SimonSays1
02-08-2011, 03:54 PM
Very cool to see the new with the old.

rudeerude
02-08-2011, 08:13 PM
Hi rudeerude,
this one is really astonishing!!! It's amazing to realize that houses and buildings are still the same, after almost seventy years... :shock: Since i have seen the first of your work, the main question in my mind is "How did you found every time the right place, where they shot the WWII pictures?" In a simple way, special. :D
Thank for posting.

ps - i choosed my wallpaper... Thank you!

Hi skorzeny57 sorry for the late reply.I find my pictures through the internet.I am glad you enjoy my work enough to use for a wallpaper..

rudeerude
03-23-2011, 10:30 PM
Finally an update, here we have Major David Curry of the Canadian, South Alberta Regiment overseeing the surrender of German troops at St Lambert-sur-Dives,France.Major Curry is with his pistol drawn to the left.Unfortunately the perspective was not spot on so a little of the then picture got cropped.Enjoy :D

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skorzeny57
03-24-2011, 01:02 PM
Hi rudeerude,
it has worth waiting for an update... Nice job!! It sounds kind of funny to me the way Major Curry's handling his pistol, while he's talking to the man with white shirt (a civilian?). :) At the extreme left of the original pic, there is a Canadian (Sergeant) that's shooting the scene with a videocamera.

rudeerude
03-24-2011, 10:13 PM
It seems that Major Currie(correct spelling) earned the Victoria Cross in Normandy.Source wikipedia


Currie was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in command of a battle group of tanks from The South Alberta Regiment, artillery, and infantry of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada at St. Lambert-sur-Dives, during the final actions to close the Falaise Gap. This was the only Victoria Cross awarded to a Canadian soldier during the Normandy campaign (6 June 1944 through to the end of August 1944), and the only VC ever awarded to a member of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.

The then 32 year-old Currie was a Major in The South Alberta Regiment, Canadian Army during the Second World War. During the Battle of Falaise, Normandy, between 18 August - 20 August 1944, Currie was in command of a small mixed force of tanks, self-propelled anti-tank guns and infantry which had been ordered to cut off one of the Germans' main escape routes.

After Currie led the attack on the village of St. Lambert-sur-Dives and consolidated a position halfway inside it, he repulsed repeated enemy attacks over the next day and a half. Despite heavy casualties, Major Currie destroyed seven enemy tanks, twelve 88 mm guns and 40 vehicles, which led to the deaths of 300 German soldiers, 500 wounded and 2,100 captured. The remnants of two German armies were denied an escape route.

Another photo of with Major Currie.

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rudeerude
03-28-2011, 08:56 PM
Sergey Larenkov the guy who inspired me to do this merging of now and then photo's.

http://englishrussia.com/index.php/2010/10/09/echo-of-the-war/#more-19223

skorzeny57
03-29-2011, 01:02 PM
Very impressive work! Thanx for sharing! I think that this Sergey Larenkov is a professional photographer and for this reason i think he can handle an huge amount of historical photographic material, that probably comes from some Soviet War Archive. This doesn't belittle, anyway, his merits for this extraordinary idea and for his creativity.

DVX
03-30-2011, 04:20 PM
Fort Traversette then (july 1940)

(thanks to the French friend of this site for the color picture of Traversette recently posted)

DVX
03-30-2011, 04:24 PM
And now.

As you can see, the snow is disappeared from peaks, thanks to the global warming :(

rudeerude
03-30-2011, 07:47 PM
For my Italian friends..Thanks DVX
Description from the photo section:

3rd of july 1940, near the frontier between the french region of Savoie and Italy, in the Alps.Nine days after the armistice with Italy have been signed, the 70th Alpine Fortress Battalion led by sous-lieutenant Desserteaux, having received a formal order, finally accept to leave the fort the Redoute Ruinée. They had hold it, in the end isolated from the main french line, despite several assaults by enemy infantry and bombardments by artillery and planes.On the left the italian soldiers salute the French as they leave.

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rudeerude
04-05-2011, 03:31 PM
By special request for my Italian friend skorzeny57,who went out and took the now pictures in Arnaldo Square,Brescia Italy.He is local to the town.The then picture is Brescia 1943.Enjoy :D

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skorzeny57
04-05-2011, 03:49 PM
Really good job, mate! I'think it's been difficult to merge two images do different... An almost desert square with one with a lot of traffic. You forget to tell how dangerous has been the attempt to shoot the "Now" picture... In order to stand in the right place where the German photographer stood, a couple of cars almost ran over me... ;)
Thanx

kajones
04-20-2011, 09:05 AM
What an amazing job on all of these pictures!! I am American now living in Belgium. I never cared much for WWII history until I joined the Army and got stationed in Belgium. Within my first weeks here, we did a staff ride touring the Battle of the Bulge with some amazing tour guides who had done many personal interviews which made their tour so much the better. We also watched some clips from Band of Brothers related to whatever area we had just visited each time we got back on the tour bus. After that, I was hooked. These photos are amazing and I think many of us here try to do this in our minds....that was then, this is now, I wonder what it was like.....and then here you are giving up the pictures to help us even more. There will never enough ways to say thank you!

rudeerude
04-21-2011, 08:11 PM
What an amazing job on all of these pictures!! I am American now living in Belgium. I never cared much for WWII history until I joined the Army and got stationed in Belgium. Within my first weeks here, we did a staff ride touring the Battle of the Bulge with some amazing tour guides who had done many personal interviews which made their tour so much the better. We also watched some clips from Band of Brothers related to whatever area we had just visited each time we got back on the tour bus. After that, I was hooked. These photos are amazing and I think many of us here try to do this in our minds....that was then, this is now, I wonder what it was like.....and then here you are giving up the pictures to help us even more. There will never enough ways to say thank you!

kajones ,you are welcome and thank you very much for your kind comment.I am glad that you enjoyed my transformation of now and then photos.

rudeerude
05-22-2011, 04:57 PM
Bernieres Sur Mer,Juno Beach PoW's are marched off to captivity.Unknown date.

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rudeerude
05-22-2011, 05:48 PM
One more from Bernières sur Mer,Juno Beach June 6,1944, a Canadian soldiers digs in among the wounded.

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VonWeyer
05-23-2011, 08:10 AM
Excellent as always rudeerude...thank you:D.

skorzeny57
05-23-2011, 09:28 AM
Needless to give a personal opinion, about these last works of art, rudeerude... Amazing as usual! Thanx for sharing. ;) :)

rudeerude
05-23-2011, 09:13 PM
Thanks guys :D always my pleasure...

rudeerude
07-04-2011, 06:10 PM
Two Non Commisioned Officers of SS Pz Aufkl. Abt 1 recon unit walking past the junction in Kaiserbaracke.I can't believe the modern day photo,who would have known..
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I found more info on the then photo,
SS-Oberscharführer Persin and SS-Unterscharführer Ochsner of "Kampfgruppe Knittel", 1. SS-Panzerdivision "LSSAH", SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1, near Malmedy-Ligneuville. Kaiserbaracke Crossroads, Belgium. 18 December 1944.

rudeerude
08-23-2011, 12:12 PM
I have an update for all,the Huertgen Forest.18 November, 1944. The then photo is of the 893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion moving up the Kall Trail near Schevenhütte(?). The Kall Trail was a narrow, twisting, muddy path through the forest. Although designated by headquarters as the Main Supply Route for an entire division, it was a death trap for vehicles and proved to be virtually unusable for moving men, supplies and the wounded. - U.S. Army photo.Enjoy :D
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VonWeyer
08-24-2011, 04:03 AM
Thank You:D:D:D

flyerhell
12-21-2011, 12:19 AM
http://www.retronaut.co/2010/03/ghosts-of-leningrad/

EagleMMDCXVI
02-13-2012, 01:06 AM
Cool pictures rudee. What photo editing software do you use?

fluffthunder
02-20-2012, 07:42 AM
simply amazing pictures. amazing. thank you!

NillNicks
03-02-2012, 08:55 AM
Hey I am a new comer on this forum. This is my first comments on thiss forum. thanks Every one

navyson
03-02-2012, 10:47 AM
Hey I am a new comer on this forum. This is my first comments on thiss forum. thanks Every one
No offense, but what does this have to do with the Now and Then Pictures. How about making a more pertinent comment for your first comment....

Edit: Maybe I'm in a crappy mood, or maybe this is a scammer... Now, back to the topic.

Truce
03-02-2012, 11:18 AM
Welcome NillNicks.
http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php?3971-New-members-topic-Introduce-yourself-here

navyson
03-02-2012, 11:24 AM
Welcome NillNicks.
http://www.ww2incolor.com/forum/showthread.php?3971-New-members-topic-Introduce-yourself-here

Good idea, forgot about that. Now let's see if they're not a scammer...

Truce
03-02-2012, 11:28 AM
Yup...;)

Nickdfresh
03-02-2012, 12:30 PM
Hey I am a new comer on this forum. This is my first comments on thiss forum. thanks Every one

And your last!

navyson
03-02-2012, 02:07 PM
And your last!:mrgreen:

Truce
03-02-2012, 04:33 PM
:rolleyes:

rudeerude
09-07-2012, 12:53 PM
Well finally a new photo montage.I haven't forgot about this thread.The photo of the then is from the invasion of Southern France,Operation Dragoon.LCT-1141 unloading at Saint-Raphaël in southern France during Operation Dragoon, August 15, 1944.I believe this would be Camel Red beach where the 36th Infantry Division landed.The île d'Or in the background is a private island located at the east of the city of Saint-Raphaël.Enjoy!

Procyon
09-07-2012, 01:31 PM
Thanks. This is my favorite thread in this forum!

VonWeyer
09-10-2012, 08:41 AM
Also my favorite...thanks for another great post rudeerude.

flyerhell
10-19-2012, 10:04 AM
I saw this on another website: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2219584/Ghosts-war-Artist-superimposes-World-War-II-photographs-modern-pictures-street-scenes.html

Nickdfresh
10-19-2012, 10:08 AM
Good link, thanks...

Vonss
10-19-2012, 06:52 PM
Great link. I liked when all 3 images were up- WWII, today and merged.

So ghostly. The ones with dead soldiers, that makes me sad.

VonWeyer
10-22-2012, 05:24 AM
Excellent link...thanks for the post.

fredl109
10-24-2012, 05:41 AM
Hello to all, thank you for this excellent post Rudeerude, I would like to bring my contribution while passing you this link that you don't know cannot be. Visit this site it is astonishing.

http://www.thirdreichruins.com/berlin.htm
Friendly Fred

Vonss
10-30-2012, 02:03 AM
Please post more! Kind regards and thank you.

tankgeezer
10-30-2012, 05:43 PM
I spent some time in Berlin in the early 70's, and had the opportunity to take pictures of the guard change included in the images you linked. ( wouldn't be surprised if it were the same men) ;) :)

FredL 109 pic first, mine, (B/W) 2nd, and 3rd.

rudeerude
11-01-2012, 12:46 PM
In the village of Rocherath,Belgium northern section of the Battle of the Bulge,Panthers knocked out in the village heading south down the main street toward Krinkelt.See also post #16 for another view of the knocked out Panthers.Guys thanks for the links.The link flyerhell put up, the young lady Jo Teeuwisse has a flickr page.I am going to try and contact her and ask permission to post her work here too.Well enjoy!!

flyerhell
12-09-2012, 02:42 AM
http://sethtaras.wordpress.com/2010/12/28/history-channel-brand-campaign/

rudeerude
12-18-2012, 09:13 PM
Two photo's I thought I might be able to do a photo montage,but unfortunately it did not line up.So its just a then and now comparison.The then photo is of a M4A1 Duplex Drive tank of the 753rd Tank Battalion which landed with Camel Force in support of the 36th ID near St. Raphael during Operation Dragoon,the landings in southern France August 15 ,1944.The second photo is the peacefulness of today.Post #159 has another view of Camel Force during the Operation Dragoon landings.

Vonss
12-19-2012, 05:55 AM
I like this one.

Please post more. I really love Now and then images.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/AFTER-THE-BATTLE-147-WW2-THEN-NOW-HISTORY-MAGAZINE-/400113743630

rudeerude
01-17-2014, 11:39 AM
Its been awhile since my last post.My "Now and Then" sources seemed to have dried up.In my search I stumbled across a site called "Ghost of History". Now and Then photo montages done by Jo Hedwig Teeuwisse.Many different sections from Normandy,Holland,France,Germany,Berlin and more.Enjoy :D

http://www.ghostsofhistory.co.uk/

Now an update finally.

A convoy of Dodge ambulances of the American IIIrd Army evacuate wounded GI's out of Bastogne on the road towards Chaumont.

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Samoax
05-20-2014, 04:32 AM
Amazing, mind boggling

Kilroy
05-20-2014, 09:06 AM
Its really just breathless to see these works of art. I really want to know how they do this!

Samoax
05-21-2014, 04:26 AM
well i have done something similar just where i mixed in Starwars stormtroopers and AT-AT's in to old WW1 & WW2 pictures for a photeediting class with Photeshop, and there i used certain tools to make things fit perfectly in to places and used a brush called ''History'' where i could make things blend it, (for the old & new blending in part) as for the photos you could find the now and then pictures and simply edit them in ''Paint'' just by draging them in to wishever size to fit perfectly with the one you wish to merge. i'm sure it would be possible to merge this picutre of Nazis marching thru Oslo too, if i'm going to go to the Capitol anytime soon i could try to take a picture of the same area 7068

flamethrowerguy
05-21-2014, 08:26 AM
well i have done something similar just where i mixed in Starwars stormtroopers and AT-AT's in to old WW1 & WW2 pictures for a photeediting class with Photeshop, and there i used certain tools to make things fit perfectly in to places and used a brush called ''History'' where i could make things blend it, (for the old & new blending in part) as for the photos you could find the now and then pictures and simply edit them in ''Paint'' just by draging them in to wishever size to fit perfectly with the one you wish to merge. i'm sure it would be possible to merge this picutre of Nazis marching thru Oslo too, if i'm going to go to the Capitol anytime soon i could try to take a picture of the same area 7068

How do you know that these soldiers are Nazis?

Rising Sun*
05-21-2014, 09:40 AM
How do you know that these soldiers are Nazis?

Good, and important, point.

I think one can with reasonable confidence call all early members of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Nazis, and probably all early members of the Waffen SS. And almost, if not, all later members of both.

However, there is an unfortunate and inaccurate use of sweeping terms by those who do not understand them, the most common being the consistent misuse by supposedly informed historians and others of Wehrmacht for Heer. That lack of basic understanding and precision undermines any authority as a historian or commentator.

It is accurate to refer to concentration and death camps as 'Nazi' rather than 'German' as those camps were part of the Nazi Party / SS apparatus rather than the German state, despite the fact that from 1933 the German state was controlled by the Nazis and shortly afterwards the Nazi Party began establishing concentration camps to which it consigned its enemies with the ambiguous forces of the State and the Party.

The dualistic split of those in power from 1933 between the German State and the Nazi Party is rarely, if ever, understood or explained in the usual simplistic condemnations of the evils which occurred under Nazi rule in Germany and, what is forgotten, often with the enthusiastic participation of other European governments not free of guilt, notably the Vichy French and many French people who conveniently rehabilitated themselves after the war as a nation in which everyone was a member of the Maquis instead of often, at best, passive observers of the implementation of Nazi (not German) anti-Jewish policies of the same sort which surrounded the Dreyfus Case several decades earlier as a great example of the entrenched anti-Jewish attitudes in many and influential parts of French society.

Samoax
05-24-2014, 01:37 PM
thanks for stepping in there for me, i wouldn't have had any better explanation

Samoax
05-31-2014, 09:35 AM
here's a site i stumbled upon on Facebook filled with merged pictures like these:D

a spoiler
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(the actual site: https://www.facebook.com/thenandnowghostsofhistory)