Key figures

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 …

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 …

Neville Chamberlain’s War Cabinet in 1939, including Winston Churchill

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The War Cabinet of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in September 1939. Winston Churchill, appointed as First Lord of the Admiralty, can be seen second from right among the ones standing. Chamberlain’s War Cabinet was formed on September 3rd 1939, following the formal declaration of War against Germany. It lasted …

Vyacheslav Molotov and Joachim von Ribbentrop in Moscow

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Vyacheslav Molotov (left) shaking hands with Joachim von Ribbentrop after the two foreign ministers signed the famous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact in Moscow on August 23rd, 1939. The Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was a non-aggression agreement between Germany and the Soviet Union, which also defined the spheres of influence in Europe between the two …

Leni Riefenstahl receiving flowers from Adolf Hitler, 1935

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Adolf Hitler offering flowers to Leni Riefenstahl at the premiere of the famous propaganda film “Triumph of the Will” (Triumph des Willens). March 28th, 1935, at the Ufa Palace Theater, Berlin. The film was a massive success and is still considered arguably the best propaganda movie ever made, a technological …

Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels at the UFA film studios, 1935

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Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels being shown a production while taking a tour of the UFA film studios in Babelsberg, January 1935. Production manager Gunter Stapenhorst is on the left. He emigrated to the UK in 1935, before returning to Germany (via Switzerland) in 1941 and trying a comeback at …

Future communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu in the Targu Jiu prison camp, 1943

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Nicolae Ceausescu (second from left, with jacket) pictured with other detainees in the Targu Jiu concentration camp, sometime in 1943. A shoemaker, Ceausescu joined the Communist party in 1932, at only 14 years old, and gained a reputation as an agitator and a thug. Between 1936 and 1944, Ceausescu spent …

Adolf Hitler with Marshal Ion Antonescu at Wolfsschanze, 1942

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Adolf Hitler with Romanian Prime Minister, Marshal Ion Antonescu (center, saluting), at the Wolf’s Lair (Wolfsschanze) in February 1942. On the left of the image is Dr. Paul Schmidt, chief interpreter of the German Foreign Ministry. During the meeting, Adolf Hitler assured Marshal Antonescu that he personally guarantees Hungary and …

Field Marshal Erich von Manstein on the Kerch front in May 1942

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The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula was a conflict between Axis Forces (Germany and Romania) and the Soviet Union, which took place between December 1941 – May 1942. Germany’s victory in May 1942 allowed them to focus on the ongoing siege of Sevastopol (which was captured one month later), and …

Heinz Guderian, tank warfare pioneer and leading commander in WW2

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Generaloberst Heinz Guderian, a World War I veteran, was one of the pioneers of tank warfare in Germany. Guderian studied this concept between 1922 and 1928, becoming a leading expert on tanks despite not setting foot into one before 1929 (due to the Versailles treaty restrictions). Because of the same …