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WW2 Photo – The Red Cross Ambulance shot by Russians

2015-11-01

Here it is WW2 photo where German soldier is examining the Red Cross Ambulance, where evil Ivans managed to do some extra ventilation holes.

red cross motor

Quite obvious such a photo is very good for propaganda purposes. ” Ivans are cruel animals, they shoot wounded and even Red Cross doesn’t mean anything to them. Bastards!”

But there are couple of strange details.

Here I enhanced this photo to see the details a bit better.

red cross motor enchanced

First, this Ambulance is not straight after battle, but most definitely after repair. That’s because the doors glass is still intact. So at least the door glass was changed. On the right side of the picture you can see the spare wheel, that is also intact, so must be the new wheel. Tent on the top – there is also no damage, so it also must be changed. This particular vehicle was most definitely repaired but for whatever reason nobody bothered to fix the main damage. Yes it could be just a quick fix just to keep the car running, but let’s have a look at more details.

Left side of the vehicle there is no damage at all, not even a single hole. There chances are at a time of shooting vehicle was stationary. But what is even more strange shooter (or shooters) were happy with a damage and convinced that nobody survived even they could not see too much. Myself I would shoot some extra rounds from a side also.

Bullet holes pattern.  Unless this vehicle was used as a shooting target of the whole company, it can not be done from a rifle, but from a submachine gun. Even when it comes to submachine gun bullets impact is very close. Some of a holes are just an inch apart. There is no way to make such a pattern unless shooter was less than 10 yards away. Yes it could be execution from a close range. But then it looks quite bizarre execution with a closed doors.

The shape of holes. Very significant amount of bullets did not manage to penetrate the doors. This is also very strange. At that time Soviets used 7.62×25mm Tokarev cartridge. It was (and still is) a very powerful cartridge. It has very good velocity and penetration, I do not think it’s possible to shoot a vehicle using 7.62×25mm Tokarev cartridge and not to penetrate the doors from such a distance. On the contrary to Soviet Tokarev cartridge, Germans used 9×19mm Parabellum. 9×19mm Parabellum has less velocity, less penetration, but more damage to human and causing certain shock pain, while  Tokarev cartridge doesn’t.

If to draw the line, somebody went behind stationary ambulance, shot it using 9×19mm Parabellum from extremely close range and walked away. Later on it was slightly repaired.