Striking Second World War Images In COLOR

German soldiers Russia 1941
 1941. Cocky German soldiers in Russia as the country burns.

cigarette break  German soldiers
 A cigarette break for German soldiers in the endless expanse of Russia, which eventually defeated the Germans.

Russian soldiers ww2
 The nemesis of the once invincible German war machine: Russian soldiers. Here they move ghost-like in the woods into an attack.

Starving captured Germans Stalingrad 1943
 A face that the world believed would never be seen. That of a beaten, starving German soldier. Stalingrad.

German POW Stalingrad 1943
Stalingrad again.

 Georgy Zhukov Konstantin Rokossovsky Bernard Montgomery  Brandenburg Gate  Berlin
 Grateful to an ally. Marshals of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov (1896-1974) and Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896-1968) talking to Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The Soviet marshals were awarded the British Order of the Bath (the fourth largest award in the UK) of different classes: GK Zhukov - Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath, and KK Rokossovsky - Honorary Knight Commander Order of the Bath.

German soldiers prisoner Americans ​​Saint-Denis-le-Gast
Young German soldiers taken prisoner by the Americans in the area of ​​Saint-Denis-le-Gast (Saint-Denis-le-Gast).

Adolf Hitler  General Alfred Jodl Hitler's adjutant Major Gerhard Engel
Adolf Hitler hears the report from a soldier. Behind the back of the Fuehrer, on the left - Gen. Alfred Jodl, on the right - Hitler's adjutant, Major Gerhard Engel. Presumably in 1939-1940.

American battleship USS Idaho fires  Japanese fortifications Okinawa
The American battleship USS Idaho fires on Japanese fortifications on Okinawa.

1939 Occupied Poland German soldier chats Polish women
 1939. Occupied Poland. A German soldier chats up Polish women.

 Destroyed German Panzer 4 tanks  Lanuvio Italy
 Destroyed German Panzer 4 tanks at Lanuvio, Italy

Russian  KV 1S tanks
 Russian soldiers with KV 1S tanks


The Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tanks were a series of Soviet heavy tanks, named after the Soviet defense commissar and politician Kliment Voroshilov. The KV series were known for their extremely heavy armour protection during the early war, especially during the first year of the invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II. Almost completely immune to the 3.7 cm KwK 36 and howitzer-like, short barreled 7.5 cm KwK 37 guns mounted respectively on the early Panzer III and Panzer IV tanks, until better guns were developed often the only way to defeat a KV was a point-blank shot to the rear. Prior to the invasion, about 500 of the over 22,000 tanks in Soviet service at the time were of the KV-1 type. When the KV-1 appeared, it outclassed the French Char B1, the only heavy tank used in the world at that time. Yet in the end it turned out that there was little sense in producing the expensive KV tanks, as the T-34 medium tank performed better (or at least equally) in all practical respects. Later in the war, the KV series became a base of development of the Iosif Stalin tanks.

KV-1S was a lighter variant of late 1942 with higher speed, but thinner armour. A new, smaller, cast turret and redesigned rear hull were used. 1370 of them were built.

 Russian  T-34/76F tanks
 Russian soldiers with T-34/76F tanks

The T-34 Medium Tank is by far the most famous Soviet weapon of the Second World War, and has become a symbol of the Red Army’s desperate struggle against the Germans. In 1941 it was the most advanced tank then in mass production, and nearly 1,000 were present on the front line at the start of Operation Barbarossa, but like every other Soviet tank the T-34 was swept aside in the first phase of German victories. After this inauspicious start, the T-34 began to appear in ever larger numbers on the Eastern Front, and during the crucial battles around Stalingrad and at Kursk was almost the only tank in use with the Red Army. The "F" variant was developed in 1943.

Fritz Darges Franz von Papen Nicolaus von Below Dr Karl Brandt
A few bad men. Fritz Darges, Franz von Papen, Nicolaus von Below and Dr Karl Brandt


Fritz Darges (8 February 1913 – 25 October 2009) was an Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) in the Waffen SS during World War II who was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He was Hitler's adjutant for a year till July 1944. On 18 July 1944, during a strategy conference in the Wolfsschanze, a fly began buzzing around the room, allegedly landing on Hitler's shoulder and on the surface of a map several times. Irritated, Hitler ordered Darges to dispatch the nuisance. Darges suggested that, as it was an airborne pest, the job should go to the Luftwaffe adjutant, Nicolaus von Below. Enraged, Hitler dismissed Darges on the spot and had him banished to the Eastern Front. Another version of this story claims Darges was merely snickering as Hitler looked up from the map.

Franz von Papen  belonged to the group of close advisers to President Paul von Hindenburg in the late Weimar Republic. It was largely Papen, believing that Hitler could be controlled once he was in the government, who persuaded Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as Chancellor in a cabinet not under Nazi Party domination. However, Papen and his allies were quickly marginalized by Hitler and he left the government after the Night of the Long Knives, during which some of his confidants were killed by the Nazis.

Nicolaus von Below (20 September 1907 – 24 July 1983) was an officer in the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) before and during World War II. He was the Luftwaffe adjutant to Hitler from 1937-45. After the war, Below wrote a book containing the memoirs of his service during World War II entitled  At Hitler's Side (2001). He died in Detmold, Germany, in 1983.

Karl Brandt (January 8, 1904 – June 2, 1948) was a German Nazi war criminal. He rose to the rank of SS-Gruppenführer in the Allgemeine-SS and SS-Brigadeführer in the Waffen-SS. Among other positions, Brandt headed the administration of the Nazi euthanasia program from 1939 onwards and was selected as Adolf Hitler's personal physician in August 1934. In 1942, he became Reich Commissioner for Health and Sanitation. He was involved in criminal human experimentation, along with his deputy Werner Heyde and others. After World War II, Brandt was convicted of crimes against humanity. He was hanged on June 2, 1948.

Old German women watch  Russian tanks streets  Berlin May 1945
 Old German women watch haplessly as Russian tanks roll on the streets of Berlin. May 1945

 Paris 1942 German soldiers Jew
 Paris. 1942. German soldiers talk to a Jew. Jews were supposed to wear a yellow star.

May 9 1945 Russian troops Brandenburg Gate Berlin
May 9, 1945. Russian commanders address their troops at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin.

British POW  Dunkirk
British POW at Dunkirk. Western soldiers were treated decently by the Germans. It was the "Untermenschen" Russian soldiers who got the rough treatment.

German tanks Serbian city Nis Spring 1941
The Balkans in flames. German tanks in the Serbian city of Nis, Spring 1941

German bombers  bomb  western Europe
German bombers drop a bomb somewhere in western Europe

German soldier grave June 22 1941
June 22, 1941

Eva Braun color picture
Eva Braun. Almost as good as Marilyn Monroe?

Hitler salute soldiers  occupied Poland 1939
Hitler takes a salute from his soldiers in occupied Poland. 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


"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."

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