Germany

Wehrmacht soldier with grenade launcher mounted on a Karabiner 98K

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Wehrmacht soldier looking through the scope of his Karabiner 98K bolt-action rifle, with a Schiessbecher grenade launcher mounted on top of it, sometime during November 1943. The Karabiner 98K Mauser was introduced in 1935 as the standard service rifle of the Wehrmacht, and remained so until the end of World …

Then and Now: US tanks in Schevenhutte, 1945

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US tanks pictured in Schevenhütte, Germany, sometime during 1945, vs. modern days. We can see that, quite remarkably, the buildings and architecture captured in the photograph have not changed at all in the 80 years since the end of the war (although the cafe on the left seems to have …

Lithuanian women giving water to German soldiers, 1941

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Lithuanian women assisting Wehrmacht soldiers with buckets of water in June 1941, during the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union. Having been occupied by the Soviets in June 1940 following the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, Lithuania welcomed Germany’s launch of Operation Barbarossa on June 22nd, 1941. The …

Wehrmacht soldiers on motorcycles, Battle of France

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German soldiers on motorcycles riding through a devastated French town sometime in May 1940, in the midst of the Battle of France. The Wehrmacht often used motorcycles during their advance through France, mostly produced by BMW and Zundapp, but also by DKW, NSU, Triumph or Victoria. The motorcycle divisions were …

Erich von Manstein on the Eastern Front, 1943

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Erich von Manstein photographed while smoking a cigar alongside a few Turkish Generals on the Eastern Front, sometime during June 1943. Although Turkey remained neutral until February 1945 (when it joined the allied cause), turkish generals traveled to the front in order to observe German military technology. Before joining the …

Hermann Goering’s wines at the Cricova cellars

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Located no more than 15 kilometers from Chisinau, the Cricova winery is a must see attraction for anybody visiting the country of Moldova. As you descend into the catacombs which are housing 120 kms of labyrinthine roadways, you will come to discover a magnificent underground “wine city”, with one of …

A fancy Fraulein at Cafe Wien in Berlin, 1946

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A fancy Fräulein relaxing at the famous Cafe Wien, located in Berlin on Kurfurstendamm Avenue, sometime during 1946. Cafe Wien was a large, internationally reputed cafe and confectionery (cake shop) opened in 1919 by German gastronomer Karl Kutschera, and for a long time it was a meeting place for the …

Albert Einstein at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 1933

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Albert Einstein delivering a speech at the Royal Albert Hall in London, during a gathering to aid the Jewish refugee fund. October, 1933. In March 1933, while returning to Europe after a visit to the United States, and learning about the passing of the Enabling Act in Germany (which gave …

Arado Ar 196 Luftwaffe floatplane in Crete

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Arado AR 196 floatplane of the Luftwaffe flying above the Suda Bay in Crete, 1942-1943. The Arado AR 196 was a shipboard reconnaissance, fixed-wing aircraft, which was first introduced in 1938 and served for the entirety of the war. It was highly appreciated by Luftwaffe pilots due to its excellent …

Fuhrerbunker conference room, July 1945

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Fuhrerbunker conference room photographed in July 1945. The conference room was positioned right next to the chamber in which Adolf Hitler committed suicide on April 30th, 1945. The Führerbunker fell into Soviet hands in early May after the Fall of Berlin, and the first images of its interior were captured …