Documentary photographs of German military officers, made during the Second World War
Photos are an amazing thing. They allow you to look into the past and become a direct participant in the events of bygone days. The burned Soviet villages, Wehrmacht volunteers, infantry columns, paratroopers in the trenches – in this review a unique selection of photographs that were taken by the military officers of the enemy side.
1. Spanish “Blue Division” on the Eastern Front
The 250th Division of the Spanish Volunteers or the “Blue Division” is a military unit staffed by Spanish volunteers who fought on the German side during the Second World War.
2. Rewarding German soldiers
Awarding of German soldiers and officers in the courtyard of the Novgorod Kremlin.
3. Memorial photo
The Polish campaign of the Wehrmacht, also known as Operation Weiss, was a military company, which resulted in the defeat of the Polish troops and, as a result, the occupation of the territory of Western Poland.
On September 3, 1939, in response to the German attack on Poland, Great Britain and France, in accordance with the position of the military alliance, declared war on the German Reich, which marked the beginning of the Second World War. The date of the beginning of the war of two world military-political coalitions is considered to be the day of the invasion of Poland – September 1, 1939.
4. A column of German soldiers
German heavy tank Panzerkampfwagen VI.
“Tiger” – German heavy tank of the Second World War, which was a perfect example of military equipment. The tank was developed in 1942 by the firm “Henschel” under the direction of German design engineer Erwin Aders.
6. Before the fight
7. Sturmgeschütz III
German self-propelled artillery.
Sturmgeshütz III – the most popular German self-propelled artillery of assault weapons class, which was created on the basis of the tank PzKpfw III.
8. Heavy self-propelled artillery installation
German self-propelled gun “Ferdinand” in the area of Nikopol.
9. Luftwaffe officers
Aces fighter squadron Luftwaffe.
By the beginning of the Second World War, the superiority of the Luftwaffe was ensured, on the one hand, by the experience of the Spanish civil war, on the other hand, by the new tactics of combat and modern technologies.
The leadership of the Wehrmacht saw in the German air force the main tool for conducting a transient war.
10. Lesson Deployment
German soldiers in the captured Soviet positions.
11. 3rd Panzer Division SS “Dead Head”
The soldiers of the 1st Panzer Grenadier Regiment of the SS “Dead Head”.
“Dead Head” is a compound of the SS troops, which were formed in 1939 in the SS training camp in Dachau as a division of motorized infantry. In July 1943, as part of the 2nd SS Panzer Corps, the division participated in the battles on the southern face of the Kursk Bulge.
12. Erwin Rommel
Field Marshal General inspects the coastal defenses of Normandy.
13. Opel Blitz
German three-ton truck stuck in the mud.
“Opel Blitz” – one of the most famous German trucks, which are actively used by the Wehrmacht in World War II. Over the years of production, this truck has become the most produced and practical in Germany.
14. Matthias Hetzenauer
One of the most successful snipers in Germany.
Matthias Hetzenauer is one of the most successful snipers in Germany, who served in the 144th regiment of mountain rangers of the 3rd mountain rifle division.