Rare Random Images From WW2: Part 3

Rare WW2 Images Greek soldiers taken prisoner sit around  German guard watches
Greek soldiers taken prisoner sit around as a German guard watches over them. May-June 1941. Mussolini attacked the Greeks first but was thrown back by the tough Greek fighters. Hitler then steeped in. He wanted to protect the Balkans to keep the British out from getting a toehold. The Greek army however brave was no match for the Wehrmacht.

Two German soldiers support  wounded Canadian soldier after Dieppe raid. August 1942.Rare WW2 Images
For propaganda? Or kind Germans? Two German soldiers support a wounded Canadian soldier after the Dieppe raid. August 1942.

French legion  German army 638th Infantry Regiment  Moscow  Smolensk. November 1941 Rare WW2 Images
French legion of the German army (638th Infantry Regiment) on its way to Moscow from Smolensk. November 1941.

German soldiers Goliath during  suppression  Warsaw Uprising August 11 1944 Rare WW2 Images
German soldiers prepare a "Goliath" during the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. August 11, 1944. (Image by Gutermann)

 Waffen SS soldier chats  Soviet women  Belgorod. 1943 Rare WW2 Images
A Waffen SS soldier chats with Soviet women at Belgorod. 1943. It would be interesting to know what the conversation was about. We will never know.

Occupied Greece. April 1941. Sepp Dietrich of the   1st SS Panzer Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"  talks  Greek prisoners. Rare WW2 Images
Occupied Greece. April 1941. Sepp Dietrich of the   1st SS Panzer Division "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler"  talks to Greek prisoners.

Soviet citizens  hanged by  Germans Rare WW2 Images
Soviet citizens about to be hanged by the Germans. Hitler's orders for Barbarossa was that all Soviet Commissars and partitions were to be executed immediately. The so-called "Commissar Order".

German soldiers listen carefully  Russian lady  saying. Novorossiysk, 1942 Rare WW2 Images
German soldiers listen carefully to what this Russian lady is saying. Novorossiysk, 1942. Why do men always listen carefully when a woman speaks? Be it war or during peace.

September 18 1944 Germans carry their wounded during  Warsaw Uprising Rare WW2 Image
September 18, 1944. Germans carry their wounded during the Warsaw Uprising.

German soldiers crouch behind  Stug 3 assault gun outskirts of Stalingrad 1942 Rare WW2 Image
 German soldiers crouch behind a Stug 3 assault gun in the outskirts of Stalingrad. 1942

German soldiers ruined factory  Stalingrad November 1942 Rare WW2 Image
German soldiers in a ruined factory in Stalingrad. November 1942. The photo was published on the cover of "Munchner Illustrierte Presse" of 10 December 1942.

French Legion  Wehrmacht Smolensk November 1941 Rare WW2 Image
French soldiers in the German army. French Legion of Wehrmacht soldiers during a show in Smolensk before the march on Moscow. November 1941.

American Lieutenant General Mark Clark Liberated Rome 1944 Rare WW2 Image
American Lieutenant General Mark Clark sits on the window sill of a house in liberated Rome. 1944.

Mussolini Skorzeny September 1943 Rare WW2 Image
Mussolini with a group of German and Italian military at the "Campo Imperatore" after release. He was rescued by a group of SS soldiers led by Otto Skorzeny (seen on the left of Mussolini) in September 1943.

1940 Captured French pilots chat with German soldiers Rare WW2 Image
1940. Captured French pilots chat with German soldiers.

Waffen SS soldiers kicks  captured Russian pilot  Kursk 1943 Rare WW2 Image
 Not a very nice man. A Waffen SS soldiers kicks a captured Russian pilot. Kursk, 1943.

German soldier Leningrad Lenin statue Rare WW2 Image
Near Leningrad. This German hardly seems to have any reverence towards Lenin. He is using the statue as a sign-post.

 Waffen SS soldiers  Kharkov 1943 Rare WW2 Image
Tough battle-hardened Waffen SS soldiers at Kharkov. 1943. They were by now fighting a losing war.

Polish employees Danzig post office captured September 1939 Rare WW2 Image
Polish employees of the Post Office at Danzig along with a few militia put up strong resistance. The Germans had  to blow down a wall using three guns and use flame-throwers to subdue them. September 1939.

Soviet soldiers destroyed Warsaw 1945 Rare WW2 Image
 War destroys. Soviet soldiers walk through a devastated Warsaw. 1945.

Horse Street Devastated Stalingrad 1942 Rare WW2 Image
A horse stands shaken amidst a destroyed Stalingrad. 1942.


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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