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. The 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. (http://eng.9may.ru/11.10.1944/eng_inform/m9002478, website no longer active). 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.
Battle of Memel
For a map of the military situation between October, 1944 and January, 1945, see here at www.lithuanianmaps.com.
For other WWII aerial photos of military installations in Lithuania, see
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 aerial
||Same deployment shown in aerial
Anti-Tank Ditches, and Bomb or Shell Craters
|Aerial photo #158 shows anti-tank ditch at western approach to town. Modern aerial photo at Google Earth 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 greater
||Processed with unsharp mask
Comparison of overlapping photos #157 and #158 shows
moving vehicles (animated .gif may not work with some browsers or devices)
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