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The World War II Photo of the Week
for 9 June 2003


German Searchlight Girls ...

   These shots from 1944 show members of a female German flak crew at work with their searchlight. These girls were known as "Helferinnen" (meaning aids or helpers), and their use by the Luftwaffe for operating searchlights freed up male soldiers for reassignment to combat units. Above, four Helferinnen work with a light and direction finder; below, one is hard at work polishing the lens of the massive light. Both images are original German Propaganda Company Bildberichter Combat News photographs, from the Webmaster's collection.


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