Between the time the two photographs were taken, these tankers had been present when the first Nazi concentration camp -- Ohrdruf -- was discovered and liberated, and they had drank a bit too much Russian vodka when they came in contact with Soviet forces at the Elbe River.
It must have been quite a ride .... I sort of envy them ....
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
On lips that are for others; deep as love,
Deep as first love, and wild with all regret;
O Death in Life, the days that are no more.