As I already mentioned to dear Gaius, the more I research the photo captions from Piekalkiewicz's book (Krieg auf dem Balkan 1940-1945), the more I have a feeling that the man was simply making things up. The photo was not taken on the Vučevo plateau in 1943.G. Trifkovic wrote:Next set of photos comes from Piekalkiewicz,"Krieg auf dem Balkan 1940-1945",Muenchen 1985. Photos are realy interesting, but captions are a catastrophe! [...]
SD detail with dogs on the Vucevo plateau,mid-1943. (?)
It's interesting that the same photo also appears on the cover of "Das Massaker von Sant’Anna di Stazzema" (Heinecke/Kohl/Westermann) although it was not taken in or near Sant’Anna di Stazzema either.
If you take a look at Die Deutsche Wochenschau Nr. 733 (21.09.1944), you will see a burning village and the same SD NCO (on the left, resting his arm on his weapon) at the end of the report on the fighting in the "Italian border region" (as the narrator called the location). Also filmed in the same report was Andrej Noc (not pictured here), a member of the Veldes (Bled) Aussenstelle in Upper Carniola (which suggests that the region in question was Upper Carniola or a nearby area). I'm sure that a more specific location can be found with just a bit more research (I didn't have the time to deal with it yet unfortunately). (We have already started discussing the newsreel in question over a decade ago here https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic ... 50&t=89100)
Comparison with a Wochenschau screenshot: