As early as 1933, Hitler, driven by his desire to rearm Germany, issued a directive during a cabinet meeting to have photographers on standby, awaiting a specific command. By 1938, a year before the invasion of Poland, the Wehrmacht began recruiting a significant number of photographers for propaganda objectives. While some photographers volunteered out of apprehension of being deployed across the border, all soldiers were instructed to capture photographs according to explicit guidelines. These rules included prohibitions on photographing wounded or deceased soldiers, as well as refraining from documenting violence directed towards Jews or other persecuted individuals.
Unknown Photographer | From my Private Collection