Germany

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 F├╝hrerbunker fell into Soviet hands in early May after the Fall of Berlin, and the first images of its interior were captured …

Berlin – Munich Reichsautobahn, June 1939

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The Berlin – Munich Reichsautobahn (A9 today), Southeast of Dessau, photographed in June 1939. Its first section was inaugurated in 1936 and the last was finished by 1941, making A9 Germany’s first completed autobahn. Approximately 3,870 kilometers of highways were built in Nazi Germany during the “Reichsautobahn project”. Book suggestion …

Schwerer Gustav railway gun at Sevastopol

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Schwerer Gustav railway gun in a rare photograph, likely sometime during 1942 at Sevastopol, although this information can not be 100% confirmed. Schwerer Gustav was the heaviest mobile artillery piece ever built and the largest caliber rifled weapon to ever be fired in battle. It weighed almost 1350 tons and …

German soldiers having fun at battery Lindemann

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German soldiers photographed while having fun at the Naval Coastal Battery Lindemann, named after Ernst Lindemann, captain of the Bismarck battleship. Image taken at Pas-de-Calais, sometime during 1944. Battery Lindemann (inaugurated in September 1942) was equipped with three 406mm “Adolf” cannons, housed by three casemates named Anton, Bruno and Caesar. …

The last Jew in Vinnitsa, 1941-1943

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The last Jew in Vinnitsa is a famous photograph taken during the Holocaust in Ukraine near the town of Vinnitsa (Vinnytsia). In the photo we see a man awaiting execution by the Einsatzgruppen beside a mass grave. The photograph is dated sometime between 1941 and 1943. For more information about …

German Unteroffizier chasing a chicken on the Eastern Front

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German Unteroffiziere (non-commissioned officer) photographed while chasing a chicken with two bayonets. The photo was likely taken on the Eastern Front in the early 1940s, as suggested by the Soviet PPSH submachine gun the man seems to hold. This was a very popular weapon among German troops during Operation Barbarossa, …

Panzer IV tank in front of the Milan Cathedral, 1943

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Panzer IV Ausf. H tank of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler pictured with the Milan Dome in the background during September 1943. German tanks occupied the city of Milan on September 8th, after the Armistice of Cassibile between Italy’s new leadership and the Western Allies became public. …

Panzer E-100 prototype captured by British forces

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Panzer E-100 incomplete prototype, the only one ever built, captured by British forces in April 1945 and pictured here on a mobile platform. The Panzerkampfwagen E-100 was a super heavy German tank developed in the closing stages of World War 2. It was supposed to be used as a heavy …