Some Random Rare Images Of The Second World War: Part 2

American soldiers inspect  German Tiger tank  Belgian village  Corenne February 1945
Two American soldiers inspect a German Tiger tank at the Belgian village of Corenne, February, 1945. The third is admiring the passing Belgian women who too seem interested in the Americans

Romanian soldiers fire  mortar somewhere  Caucasus April 30 1943
Romanian soldiers prepare to fire a mortar somewhere in the Caucasus. April 30, 1943.

German soldier directs German war machines near Moscow. Winter 1941
A German soldier directs German war machines in the vicinity of Moscow. Winter 1941. He looks haggard.

Anton Klein  warden Mauthausen-Ebensee concentration camp moments before his hanging  November 5 1948 at Landsberg Germany
Anton Klein a warden at the Mauthausen-Ebensee concentration camp moments before his hanging on November 5, 1948 at Landsberg, Germany.

British soldiers  Norwegian village  1940
British soldiers at a Norwegian village in 1940. They were soon thrown out by the Germans.
Officer Waffen SS Florian Geyer 8th SS Cavalry Division eats  eastern front  1943
 An officer of the Waffen SS 'Florian Geyer' (8th SS Cavalry Division) eats on the eastern front in 1943. These men were used in anti-partisan actions in 1943.

German soldiers  Italian town with  Tiger tank  1944
The end was nearing. German soldiers in an Italian town with a Tiger tank in 1944

German paratroopers jumping  Netherlands  Ju 52 plane May 1 1940
German paratroopers jumping into Netherlands from a Ju 52 plane. May 1, 1940

Germans with North African most probably Senegalese French POW  St. Cloud
Germans with North African (most probably Senegalese] French POW at St. Cloud, A suburb of Paris. 1940.

German groundsmen preparing  fighter bomber Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-5   Kharkhov
German groundsmen preparing the fighter bomber Focke-Wulf Fw.190A-5  at Kharkhov, Russia. April 1943.

dead American soldier shot by  SS at Malmedy  December 1944
An American soldier points to the head wounds of a dead soldier shot by the SS at Malmedy in December, 1944

General Leclerc  Free French 2nd armored division paris
General Leclerc of the Free French 2nd armored division gives orders after reaching Paris. August 25, 1944. The French made a rush for Paris despite American orders to the contrary to revive some of the French pride which was lost in 1940.

Soviet T-34 tank burns  outskirts of Moscow December 1941
A Soviet T-34 tank burns on the outskirts of Moscow. December 1941. But the Germans never reached Moscow.

British POW  Trondheim Norway May 1940
British POW line up for lunch at Trondheim, Norway. May 1940. Hardly the proud, gritty British.

German soldiers march  Norway 1940
German soldiers march in Norway. 1940.

1940 German soldiers having soup street Danish village
1940. German soldiers having soup on the street of a Danish village.

Germans firing  20 mm Flak 30 anti-aircraft gun in Italy 1943
Germans firing a 20 mm Flak 30 anti-aircraft gun in Italy. 1943.

American POW walking through Belgian village December 1944
American POW walking through a Belgian village. December 1944.

Red Army prisoner-of-war  Finland  train during  Soviet-Finnish War 1940
Red Army prisoner-of-war about to be sent deep into Finland by train during the Soviet-Finnish War in 1940.

Red Army soldiers  Berlin. April 1945
Vision of a nightmare come true for the Germans. Red Army soldiers in Berlin. April, 1945.

American pilots aboard  light aircraft carrier 'Monterey'  attack Japanese fleet  Battle  Mariana Islands June 1944
American pilots aboard the light aircraft carrier 'Monterey' before flying out to attack the Japanese fleet during the Battle of the Mariana Islands. June 1944.


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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