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SOME WW2 FACTS..........The Germans had an aircraft carrier called “Graf Zeppelin” that never left port due to lack of finishing. After the war, the USSR used it to learn ways to sink Western carriers. The USSR had limited experience in naval combat during WW2 and was seeking ways to learn about carrier combat..........The invasion of Okinawa was larger than that of D-Day..........The US & UK actively worked on ways to assist their own POWs to escape prison camps. The United Kingdom had a very interesting method – Send care packages via the Red Cross that contained maps. The maps were made out of cloth Monopoly boards and contained secret codes..........Thousands of American servicemen were killed off the coast of the United States by the German submarines. In fact, this is the reason the saying “Loose Lips Sink Ships” became so popular. The US government’s intention wasn’t to avoid ship route information being leaked to the Germans (Granted, that certainly could have been a side benefit). The primary reason was to prevent American morale from faltering if Americans knew that German submarines were operating in as little as a few hundred yards off the coast. Sinking ships and killing American sailors who had very little defense. An etimated 609 American ships were lost during the ‘Second happy time’ for a total loss of 22 German U-boats..........The first Tiger tanks could actually act as submarines. Each tank was fitted with a snorkel that would allow the tank to operate underwater as long as it could reach fresh air. This was intended to allow tanks to drive through deep rivers in Russia. Eventually the parts were dropped in favor of making the tanks easier to produce..........Between December 7th 1941 and September 22nd 1945 it was illegal to sell a new car in the United States. In fact, new cars simply wouldn’t be produced during the entire war period. Any individual caught storing or selling new cars risked imprisonment..........Nickel was so valuable in the United States that the metal was actually removed from the 5-cent piece during the war. It was substituted with silver, which was considered less valuable for war. If you happen to find a nickel minted between 1942 and 1945, it most likely contains 35% silver content, which is worth anywhere between $1 and $2 depending on market prices. Pennies in Canada and the United States were also stripped of their copper content and replaced with galvanized steel..........Although making up around 2% of total naval tonnage, the United States submarine force accounted for more than 50% of enemy ships destroyed..........A battalion of Japanese Americans liberated the Dachau prisoner camp. Initially American soldiers in the camp feared that soldiers from the Empire of Japan were there to kill them. The soldiers quickly realized they were mistaken when the soldiers spoke English and started passing out cigarettes..........On November 11, 1940, Molotov met with Ribbentrop in Berlin, where the German Foreign Minister insisted that Britain was “finished.” Then an air raid alarm blared, and everybody went to the shelter, and waited out the bombing. Molotov asked acidly, “If the British are finished, why are we sitting here, and whose bombs are falling on us?” Ribbentrop had no answer..........Pearl Harbor was bombed a total of three times during ww2. Twice on December the 7th, 1941, and again on March 4th 1942. The first two attacks resulted in significant devastation to the US navy. The third attack resulted in no American casualties, the bombs dropped by the Japanese however did damage some private property..........The French government recruited SS and former Wehrmacht prisoners to fight against the Vietnamese in the French-Indochina war..........A total of 236 submarines were used by the United States during WW2. A total of 52 were destroyed, resulting in a 22% casualty rate, the highest of any branch during WW2..........Nicknamed the “White Mouse”, a Australian citizen by the name of Nancy Wake led a one-woman army through occupied France and parts of Germany. She managed to kill (by some estimates) dozens of German soldiers while blowing up no less than one munitions factory..........Source: KnowledgeGlue

Apocalypse: Battle Of Berlin: 1945 (LARGE IMAGES)

 Berlin. April 1945. Apocalypse. Hell on Earth. This savage battle on this ancient cultured city is perhaps one of the most brutal battles in history. No quarters were given. An aggressive hatred filled Russian army, large in number with lots of tanks and guns. Facing it was a shattered remains of a once proud army. 
The Battle of Berlin is as important for its fierce fighting as for the great suffering of the German people. Hell on Earth. That was Berlin. In April-May 1945.





Early April, 1945. The Russians were getting closer to Berlin. A battery of Soviet 122-mm howitzers (model 1938 M-30) firing on Berlin. In April 1945


 A dead Volkssturm volunteer lies dead on the street of Berlin.

 A Russian officer checks the documents of captured German soldiers. Berlin. April 1945.

 Nazi Germany was fighting with boys in the last days. This boy was given the Iron Cross.
 Perhaps the last photograph of Hitler. Seen with his officers days before he died. 

VIDEO: BERLIN 1945 APRIL

This German woman killed herself. Berlin April 1945. Was it the fear and anticipation? Or had she suffered and could not take it anymore?

 Destroyed German tanks on the outskirts of Berlin

 A huge Russian 152 mm ML-20 gun batters Berlin


 The Russians hammered Berlin with this B-4 heavy artillery

Russians cleaning up building-by-building in Berlin of German resistance

 These kids from Hitler Youth were sent to defend Berlin in the last stages!

 One of the last images taken of Hitler. He gloomily inspects the damage to the Fuhrerbunker from the Russian artillery with Chief GruppenFuhrer Schaub, who was his companion from early days

 A Russian soldier pulls out a German from a manhole


 A Russian peers cautiously around the bridge on River Spree. May 1, 2011. A fellow soldier lies dead nearby.

 Top German generals who stayed alive and surrendered


 A dead German soldier lies amongst the graveyard of German military vehicles

 German POW, broken men, and civilians get medical attention in the open near Brandenberg gate. April 1945, Berlin.

 German people watch helplessly as Soviet T-24-76 tanks trundle on the streets of Berlin

 A German couple walk past a ACS Stug in Berlin.

Sweet revenge. Polish soldiers in Berlin. 

 A Russian 120mm gun batter Berlin. April 1945

 Russians flush out the Subway of the last Germans resisting. April 26, 1945. Frankfurter Allee 113 station.

 Russians rush past a dead German. April 1945. Berlin

 Soviet troops rush the German Reichstag. End April, 1945

 A Russian SU 76 Self-propelled gun fires in a Berlin street fight. April 1945

Column of Soviet ISU-122 self-propelled guns on the streets of Berlin. In May 1945.

 A Russian soldier, tired from the fighting, snatches some sleep. Beside him is a dead German soldier. April 1945. Berlin


 May 2, 1945. Russians on the streets of a broken Berlin

 After the fighting. A shattered Reichstag. In the foreground, is a German Flak 18 88 mm gun

 May 2, 1945. A building burns in Berlin

 German POW

More German POW


 Taken prisoner, chief of medical service in Berlin, Major-General Carl Emil Wrobel. May 2, 1945

Dead German soldier near the Brandenburg Gate

Column of German POW on the street of Berlin

An ACS Jagdpanther 4 on the Glienicker Bruecke


A Stug near the Ludwig Kirch Platz


 A broken 88 mm gun at Potsdamer Platz

 Broken German military vehicles at Unter den Linden

 A broken Luftwaffe plane at Berlin's Wunstorf Airport

A Panther near the Dankeskirche


 The war was over. German POW walk silently on the street of Berlin. May 2, 1945



 A Russian tank is parked near the Brandenburg Gate. Also seen is American photographer Robert Carmen. May 2, 1945
 Russians enjoy a boat ride past a broken city

 Russian soldiers take a tram ride in Berlin
 Russians bury their dead comrades

Horses pull a heavy Russian gun as the Reichstag appears ghostly


4 comments:

  1. You should be more careful with your captions: some are incorrect.

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    1. Yes that's true need to
      Fact find frist

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  2. Amazing pictures. Thanks for making them available. Shock and horror. Some history books overflow with personal judgements by "historians" of what supposedly really happened, but what they lack is pictures (usually have too few) and are nothing but a keyhole view by an ill-informed biased observer at the enormity of the complicated reality.

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  3. Only one comment : " War is HELL !".

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WHY WAS THE FIGHTING ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT SO FIERCE DURING WW2?

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.
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Quotes....

"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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"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

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"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."
--Voltaire

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

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"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

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"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