Originally Posted by peterm1
Perhaps read what I said in an earlier post about the properties of thermoplastics of which the old celluloid film bases in use during WW2 were characteristic. I may be right or I may be wrong in that post but my point is who has tried it? Almost certainly people here on this site who have experience in processing only have ever experienced modern film bases introduced long after WW2. The relevant bit of my earlier post:
That it is told to have happened only once in the whole rather busy career of Capa (and subsequentcally in all other war photographers') and with a terrible bad luck just for those D-Day photos doesn't really play in favor of this theory. Serious historians don't despise statistics to help making their mind up.
I have closely seen the "Mexican suitcase" negatives with my own eyes. How clean such late 1930s negatives still hold today is unbelievable (but all true). Although their processing then storage condition were probably the worst ever...