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German Soldiers, German Army During WW2: ALL COLOR (LARGE) IMAGES


(Image: Hugo Jaeger)
Heinrich Himmler in Warsaw. 1939
 German tanks in Russia

 Germans with a Pak 35/36 gun on the street of a Russian city

(Source: Bundesarhiv (Bundesarchiv) / 146-1970-018-54.)
Oberfeldfebel Rudolf Kruger (Rudolf Kr├╝ger), holder of the Knight's Cross He was awarded the Knight's Cross of October 5, 1941 while serving in the 6th company of the 32nd Infantry 

(Image by George Silk)
An injured German soldier in captivity

(Image By Andre Zucca)
German soldiers march through a conquered Paris. June 1939

(Image By Hugo Jaeger)
German army on the move in Europe. 1940

Afrikakorps. German and Italian military vehicles in North Africa on the move

The tank belongs to the 22nd or 23rd Panzer Wehrmacht. The photo was taken in the Kalmyk steppes to the north of Stalingrad, in September 1942 (Source: Bundesarhiv (Bundesarchiv) / 169-0367, 169-0368).

 A German paratrooper in full battle dress

(Source: Bundesarhiv (Bundesarchiv) / 169-0165, 169-0166, 169-0163.)
German soldiers socialise with Ukrainian women. Poltava. Ukraine. September 21, 1941 

 (Image: Hugo Jaeger)
Injured German soldiers recuperate in hospital

The Stuka Dive Bomber. JU 87.

When the German campaign in North Africa ended. German helmets.(Image: Eliot Elisofon)

 (Image: Hugo Jaeger)
Berlin parade in 1939 to celebrate Hitler's fiftieth birthday

 (Image: Hugo Jaeger)
Image of same parade

 (Image: Hugo Jaeger)
German soldiers in Bulgaria. 1941

 (Image: Hugo Jaeger)
Bulgaria. 1941

(Image: Hugo Jaeger)
Bulgaria. 1941

 This guy is an officer from the Waffen SS Totenkopf Division

 Russia. The Germans cross a stream

 Crossing a wooden bridge

 German soldiers firing a 37 mm Pak 35/36 anti-tank gun at Russian trucks. A town in Russia

Hitler would have frowned at this. A German war correspondent socialises with Russian women. 

 The initially dreaded German JU-87 (Stuka Dive Bomber)

 A German observation post

German sea plane Arado 196 A 3 touches down

 German soldier keep watch over a column of Russian POW. 1943.

 1943. New Wehrmacht recruits being given their kit

 German soldiers walk down the street of a German city

Morning toilet by Wehrmacht men at a railway station

 North Africa. German soldiers fire the MG 34 machine gun

 Hermann Goering takes salute from SS soldiers

 German airmen prepare to fly the HE 111

 Wounded soldiers being flown to Germany

 These German soldiers rest by the road side

 The two German generals have a conference

 Spanish volunteers in the 25th Division of Wehrmacht. Formed in Madrid, 24.06.1941, on 20.10.1943 they were sent to the Eastern Front and was later disbanded.

Motorcyclists from the 21at Panzer Division in North Africa

German soldiers pass a well in Russia
Germans move in Russia.

 Mass grave of German soldiers in Russia

 Winter. Late 1941. Picture taken from the turret of a German tank as the army column moves in the harsh Russian winter towards Moscow. The flag has been placed on the tank's turret so that German planes can identify them.

 German soldiers listen to the radio in Russia

 German soldiers gratefully warm themselves up at this bonfire. In Russia

 Ducking and moving in the trench

 Occupied France

A priest conducts funeral service at Stalingrad

1 comment:

  1. Regarding the colour photo'German soldiers march through a conquered Paris. June 1939'
    Wrong heading for this colour photo. Paris wasn't occupied by the Germans until the summer of 1940.
    Indeed, the war didn't start until September 1939.



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Points To Ponder


It is difficult to distinguish between the quality of both the German and Russian soldiers. Both were motivated by their love for their motherland. But there were others factors that drove the two sides to such desperate fighting.

One, both sides knew that this was a no-holds bar war. Not fighting was thus not an option.

Second, both Hitler and Stalin had squads that killed any deserter. Turning away from fighting was just not possible.

Thus was seen some of the most bitter, brutal and desperate fighting on the WW2 eastern (Russian) Front.
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana


"Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.'
--Mao Zedong

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Senior Observer said...

The reason the German soldier did not rape and loot as the other armies did. Including the US. (I was there) was the discipline. Half the troops or at least a great number of troops on my train to the front were AWOL's or deserters. That would not have happened in the German military. You left your post you were shot. Simple as that. Germans knew that so deserting was not an option. But the ordinary soldier knew that also applied to the officers. You did your duty or else.Remember Rommel? Hitler didn't care. Just follow orders. The respect for the officer by the ordinary soldier was good. I didn't have much respect for our officers. For months after the war we were still drinking instant coffee and instant milk. The general was living it up in London I suppose because I never saw him afterwards even though I was in 3rd DIVARTY Have a nice day


Great Comments

"The photos are nice, but I hate the way the nazis are portrayed. They are portrayed as always evil. Think about it. What do you think would happen when a country loses WWI? When they enter a depression and are stolen from by gypsies and jews?! Also, the Russians were just as brutal if not worse. They ran the gulags! They murdered men, women, and children who opposed communism. Stalin's regime killed 65MILLION people in it's lifetime. Hitler killed 21MILLION. Take your pick, you politically correct WUSS!"

Anonymous on Nazi Germany: A Pictorial History

"ever heard of the saying two wrongs don't make a right. yes they lost ww1, but they started it so they got their just deserts. and hitler was pure evil,theres no doubt he was a great leader and orator that took advantage of a country in despair. he stood by people that were simular to him and used them to 'persuade' others in high places to flock to his banner. once in power it was easy to unite a nation with his speaches that germeny could rule the world at ANY cost, the hatetred between germany and russia was legendry with both country's sinking to new levels of for russia killing millions of their own under stalin, yes, that was an atocity in itself but it was an internal matter in russia. nothing to do with the west. germany treated the russians as less than human in fact, less than the jews and the feelings were neutral. the battle of stalingrad were tesamony to that. so picking someone to like because they killed 21m instead of 65m is just sick and shows what sort of person you really are. i will say though that although these pictures are interesting, dont belive everything that they show. the picture at the top seems to show two peasants being shot, both are women so we asume that they are inocents. not so, women fought along side their men with amazing efect. rusian women were excellent marksmen and made effective snipers and machine gunners. not behind them a machingun nest. its more likely that the machingun nest was overun and they are being shot for shooting german soldiers. that being said, it saddens me to say that many of the pictures do depict atrocities that the devil himself would be ashamed of.having never been in a war, i can't imagine what humans would go through under such horrific conditions. knowing death was just around the corner probly turned the most mild mannered men and women into monsters. im not going to justify there actions or condone them but to understand what they went through. i hope for all our sakes we never have to go through anything like it again. but i think we will."
Anonymous on Nazi Germany: A Pictorial History


"The main thing is to make history, not to write it."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite."
--Winston Churchill


"In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers."
--August Bebel

"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best."

Great Comments....

I think it's important to remember that the German army at this time was one of the most disciplined fighting forces in the world. It's the reason Hitler made them swear an oath on his rise to Fuhrer; he knew they wouldn't break it.

That unflinching devotion to service and country would be their undoing, eventually - there were many suicides in combat. German soldiers who just couldn't deal with the brutality anymore - and the crime. Even leadership attempted to murder Hitler several times.

The Nazis were Germans, but the Germans weren't Nazis. Not all German soldiers were so criminally cruel. Most criminal cruelty was perpetrated not by the German Army, but by the Nazis and their divisions (SS, Gestapo, etc)
(Brutality Of Germans In Russia)
-- By Anonymous

Quotes about War....

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war."
---Otto von Bismarck


"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
--Hermann Goering


"To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy."
--Tzu Sun

"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?"
--Emperor Hirohito