Only The Seagulls Know by Andreas Mueller

Another typical cold, damp and gloomy night when we geared up and boarded the waiting C-47’s for yet another combat jump, this time the dropzone is near Market Harborough. While in flight I could barely make out the boys’ faces, they all are still so young, with weary eye from the years of war they had seen. Noone looked scared, war has become such a routine anymore, it’s almost like they were all indifferent.
We greenlight popped at 02:15am, we all had a pretty uneventful jump. After a short two click hump we got to the Rhine and could see the Nijmegen Bridge still intact about 150 meters away. We quickly set up perimeter security and settled in to report enemy activities at the bridge. Finally, after a couple of hours the faint, distant rumble of tanks could be heard approaching the other side of the bridge. I hit Mike’s arm and just nodded towards the bridge. Mike had alrady raised the binoculars and after several seconds, lowered them in horror. He quietly whispered: “Looks like 5 Tiger Tanks and at least 2 companies of infantry. I think I saw one of the Tank commanders point right into our direction.” I barely muttered “Oh crap”, when an eithy-eight opened up from somewere behind the tanks.

Only the seagulls know what happened next …….


  • x-pose
    x-poseabout 6 years ago

    I do not only love this fantastic scenery in the damp darkness, but also the perfect title and your long description!! Fantastic shot!!! Klaus

  • Danke Schoen Klaus! Trying a little “creative writing”.

    – Andreas Mueller

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLabout 6 years ago

    Filled with feeling, great tittle and capture

  • Thank you Waleskal, appreciate the visit and comment.

    – Andreas Mueller

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    lovely capture

  • Andreas Mueller
    Andreas Muellerabout 6 years ago

    Thank you so much Antanas

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyabout 6 years ago

    Amazing mood! Not easy to do but you’ve pulled it off! ;o)

  • Thank you Krys! I was really sad when I worked on this image, hence the gloomy mood it portraits, I suppose.

    – Andreas Mueller

  • Paul Thompson Photography
    Paul Thompson ...about 6 years ago

    great capture Andy

  • Thank you my friend

    – Andreas Mueller

  • Spencer Trickett
    Spencer Trickettabout 6 years ago

    Loved the comment you have included. Adds so much depth and meaning to the Photo. Must have been hell for those guys. Great Picture Andy!

  • dinghysailor1
    dinghysailor1about 6 years ago

    moody work with great impact!

  • Joel Hall
    Joel Hallabout 6 years ago

    Very cool Andy. Love the story too.

  • Davies
    Daviesabout 6 years ago

    Fabulous capture Andy and equally wonderful story. I can’t wait for the ending, when is the book coming

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