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Re: Agreed on ‘dating’ of photo

August 29 2017 at 3:57 PM
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Response to Agreed re 'dating' of photo.

 

Kevin,

> ...on second thoughts those two prisoners look way too healthy / well fed to be ‘coming out’ after their three plus years of internment. >

Not to mention Starkenborgh Stachouwer’s then pristine white suit.

> ... look on Japs in rear was one more of surprise / inquisitiveness at seeing the big ‘white man’ kowtowed, close and personal, maybe for a / even ‘the’ first time? >

If the Japanese soldiers were part of a military police or prison guard unit, my guess is they had seen Allied prisoners of war previously. On this momentous occasion, however, a couple of big shot Dutch officers were going into the bag, and ‘tis clear that one or more photographers were present to help send the Dutchmen thither, as well as obtain some snaps useful for propaganda. I’d guess at least two photogs were on the scene, because otherwise that was fast shootin’ indeed to capture a pair of images so closely spaced timewise, given the camera technology of early 1942. One suspicions that hubbub is what has the soldiers to the rear agog.

Nelson

 
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  • Agreed, again. ;-) n/t - Kevin D on Aug 29, 2017, 4:49 PM
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