Germany

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

Panzer e-100

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 …

Messerschmitt Me-262 photographed in-flight by US B-17 gunner

Messerschmitt Me-262

A Messerschmitt Me-262 aircraft photographed in-flight by an American B-17 gunner. Further details about this rare image are unknown, except from the fact that it was taken between 1944 and 1945. The Messerschmitt Me 262, aka Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow) in the fighter version, or Sturmvogel (Stormbird) in the fighter-bomber …

Reinhard Heydrich’s Mercedes after assassination attempt

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The Mercedes-Benz W142 in which Reinhard Heydrich was attacked by members of the Czech resistance on May 27th, 1942. Reinhard Heydrich was director of Gestapo and Reich Main Security office. As Heinrich Himmler’s assistant, he was arguably the most ruthless and effective high ranking SS officer. Most historians agree that …

German soldiers pretend to throw grenades in latrine

german soldiers grenade latrine

German soldiers jokingly pretending to throw hand grenades at their comrade in an outhouse / latrine sometime during WWII. Date, location and other details of the image are unknown, and better quality of the photograph was not available. Book suggestion ⤵️ 📖 Wehrmacht: The Illustrated History of the German Army …

Message left by Germans during the Lapland War

Lapland war

A sign left by German Soldiers as they were evacuating Finnish territory in October 1944. The sign reads “As thanks for not demonstrating brotherhood in arms”. You could speculate that they had left some ‘gifts’ for the Finns there. Finland and Germany had been fighting together against the Soviet Union …

Heavy cruiser Lutzow damaged in Kiel harbor, 1940

heavy cruiser lutzow

Heavy cruiser Lützow (aka pocket battleship) with a snapped off stern in Kiel harbor sometime after April 13th, 1940. Commissioned by the Weimar government, Lützow was completed in 1933 as the leading ship of the heavy cruiser class “Deutschland”. It was renamed Lützow in January 1940. Damage was caused by …

Guests at the Berghof in rare WW2 image, 1942

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This rare World War 2 image shows guests of Adolf Hitler on the Berghof terrace sometime in 1942. The Berghof was Hitler’s vacation residence in the Bavarian Alps at Obersalzberg, near Berchtesgaden. He would often entertain visitors there, whether it was for official business or simply leisure. The picture was …

View of Juno beach on D-Day from a German antitank casemate

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View of Juno beach on D-Day from a German antitank casemate in Courseulles-sur Mer, France. On June 6th, 1944, the Allies landed in Normandy, on the day now known as D-Day. Although the Allied managed to weaken German resistance in Normandy with deception tactics, misleading the Germans about the date …

Lance corporal Adolf Hitler after World War I

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Adolf Hitler in uniform after World War I, likely in 1921, when he was 32 years old. This image was used on his government issued card which allowed him to carry weapons. Hitler was a decorated lance corporal in the First World War. He learned about Germany’s defeat while hospitalized …