Military Formations in Aerial Photographs
Reconnaissance photos would likely be taken close to the front
lines. The aerial photos of Gargzdai were taken January 16, 1945.
Soviet Information Bureau reported that Gorzdy (as well as
Kretinga and Palanga) fell to Soviet troops on October 10, 1944.
"Vezaice" (i.e. Vezaiciai) had fallen on October
9. At the time of the aerial photograph, three months later,
Soviet forces controlled Gargzdai. Germany still controlled
Memel and a small pocket surrounding it. Memel/Klaipeda fell
to the Soviet forces twelve days after the aerial photo, on
January 28, 1945.
For a map of the military situation between October, 1944 and
January, 1945, see here
A reader skilled in the interpretation of aerial photographs has pointed to the areas circled below in photo #157 as possible anti-aircraft deployments. Area at lower left adjoins the Jewish cemetery.
|Deployment shown in
||Same deployment shown in aerial
#156 at wwii-photos-maps.com
Anti-Tank Ditches, and Bomb or Shell Craters
|Aerial photo #158 at wwii-photos-maps.com shows anti-tank ditch at western approach to town. Modern aerial photo at Wikimapia shows that portion of this ditch is now the site of the road to Kretinga.||Aerial photo #158 shows
ditch through Market Area, and Bomb or Shell Craters
Photo #157 shows damage to bridge (span and supports), and
temporary bridge to south
|Shown without rotation, for
||Processed with unsharp mask
Comparison of overlapping photos #157 and #158
shows moving vehicles (animated .gif may not work with some
browsers or devices)