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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

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

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(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 
Regiment.


(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

2 comments:

  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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  2. The three most egregious examples of racism against Japanese-Americans during WWII are displayed on the "How to Tell a Chinese from a 'Jap'" brochure. The first panel alienates the Japanese even further, giving the Chinese comparers the fact that they at least "are set like any European or American" (by "American", they mean "white"). The second panel says the "Chinese smiles freely" and the "Jap usually expects to be shot... especially if he's an officer". Of COURSE he would not be happy around a police officer - they are usually targeted for crimes whether or not they are guilty based on their race. The final example is in the final panel, which described the feet of the two ethnicities. The Japanese apparently all wore "wooden sandals (gets) before they were given Army shoes", which is stereotypical and creates almost a "white man's burden" effect that the Americans had to take care of the uncivilized Japanese. (Of course, an overwhelming racist theme is that all accusations here are false.)
    Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

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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.

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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

Quotes....

"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

Quotes....

"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

Quotes....

"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

Quotes....

"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?"
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