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British Propaganda Paintings During WW2: War and Soldiers

British propaganda posters during ww2 Arms aid Russia Murmansk
Painting depicting a British convoy on way to the Russian port pf Murmansk with arms for the Red Army.  ("Convoy of British merchant ships" by Blake, Post-1941)
British navy ww2 propaganda poster foster
British warships sail in the Mediterranean Sea. Italy has a red cross in the map, suggesting that in 1943 the country was out of the war after the Allied Invasion. "Warships sailing through the Mediterranean" by Forster, Unknown date
mulberry harbor d day
A tug towing a section of Mulberry harbour loaded with trucks across the English Channel for D-Day. The section in question was known as the ‘Spud' pierhead. The four columns were legs that would be secured to the sea bed, allowing the platform to rise and fall as the tide came in and out. This would then have been attached to floating roadways over which supplies unloaded onto the harbour could be driven to the beach and then inland. For the D-Day landings to succeed the Allies needed a harbour to supply the invading troops with arms, ammunition and rations. It would be some time before a significant harbour could be captured on the French mainland. The Allies decided to construct two artificial harbours that could be towed across the Channel and would be able handle a significant volume of supplies until a major port was captured. "A tug towing a section of Mulberry harbour" by Rowland Hilder, 1939-1945
british warplanes protect atlantic convoys ww2
This painting by Nockolds shows a Hawker Hurricane approaching an escort carrier in preparation for landing. The impact of airpower in protecting the transatlantic convoys – Britain's lifeline – was quickly realised. Aircraft carriers were, however, extremely costly and slow to produce and Britain's front line carriers were tied up with offensive operations in other theatres. The solution was the escort carrier, usually a converted merchantman whose superstructure could be removed and replaced with a rudimentary flight deck. The introduction of a substantial number of escort carriers helped bridge the air gap in mid- Atlantic where long-range air escorts from Britain or Canada were unable to operate. "Hawker Hurricane approaching an escort carrier" by Roy Nockolds, 1942
British coastal artillery on the Dover coast firing away. "British coastal artillery" by Terence Cuneo, Pre-1944
British soldiers in the desert. The image is partially peeled back to see the same place in the peaceful future, as an ideal tourist destination, secured by those who fought for the place against the Nazis. The tourist bus is labelled London – Algiers – Baghdad – Calcutta.. "British troops in action in the western desert" by Roy Nockolds, 1943
battle in north africa propaganda poster
A British anti-tank gun in the desert of Libya.. "British anti tank gun" by Harold Pym, 1943
british matilda tank
A British Matilda tank in Libya. "British Matilda tanks" Artist unknown, Post-1942
british paratroopers
British soldiers from the Parachute regiment come out from gliders and engage the Germans in fighting.. "Parachute Regiment" by Leslie Oliphant, Date unknown

A British general with binoculars as Sherman tanks trundle and fighter planes fly over the skies. "A British General, holding binoculars" Artist unknown, Date unknown

Daylight raid Lancaster bombers  Schneider armaments factory  Le Creusot (France)
Daylight raid by Lancaster bombers on the Schneider armaments factory in Le Creusot (France), carried out on 17 October 1942. "Daylight raid by Lancaster bombers" by O'Connell, Post October-1942

japanese warplanes destroyed by british bombers
"Japanese flying boats being destroyed" by Roy Nockolds, Date unknown

British Blenheim bombers bomb cologne 1941
Bristol Blenheims conducting a daylight raid on the German power stations at Knapsack and Quadrath near Cologne, 12 August 1941.. "Bristol Blenheims" by James Gardner, 1941

german u-boat surrenders atlantic
The image depicts a U-boat surrendering to British aircraft. This image was used in the series: ‘Back Them Up', and extra text identifies the U-boat: “The Capture of the German Submarine U-570 by Lockheed Hudson of British Coastal Command”. U-570, first commissioned on May 15 1941, was captured by the British on August 27 1941 in the North Atlantic, south of Iceland, after being damaged by a British Hudson aircraft (Squadron 269/S). The trawler Kingston Agathe boarded the U-boat on August 28 1941, and towed it to Thorlaks-hafn, Iceland. There were no casualties, and the boat became the British submarine HMS Graph on September 19 1941.. "German Submarine U-570" by W.Krogman, 1941
Night bombing of Cologne
Bombing of Cologne. "Night bombing raid on Cologne" by W.Krogman, Date unknown

A British bomber under attack by a German plane. "British Manchester bomber defends itself" by W.Krogman, 1939-1945
British Sterling bomber bombs Germany
A British Sterling bomber attacks a German industrial target. "British Stirling heavy bombers" by W. Krogman, 1941

A German Stuka and a Heinkel shot down by British warplanes. "Battle of Britain" by Oliphant, Leslie, 1940

A British fighter pilot. "British fighter pilot" by F.Matania, Date unknown

British warplane attacks Japanese convoy
A British Hurricane fighter attacking a Japanese troop convoy in jungle country (possibly Burma). "Japanese troop convoy" by Roy Nockolds, Post-1941
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Quotes about war....

"War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man."
--Napoleon Hill

"We have failed to grasp the fact that mankind is becoming a single unit, and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide."
--Havelock Ellis

'Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
--Mao Tse-Tung (1893 - 1976)

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."
--George McGovern

"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic."
--Joseph Stalin

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
--Voltaire, War

In war, truth is the first casualty.
-- Aeschylus

"The ability and inclination to use physical strength is no indication of bravery or tenacity to life. The greatest cowards are often the greatest bullies. Nothing is cheaper and more common than physical bravery."
--Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil

"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
--Adolf Hitler

"To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization."
--George Orwell

"Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country."
--Bertrand Russell

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.
--Francis Meehan

Snippets From History

German Soldiers in Russia: Part 1

Hubert Menzel was a major in the General Operations Department of the OKH (the Oberkommando des Heers, the German Army headquarters), and for him the idea of invading the Soviet Union in 1941 had the smack of cold, clear logic to it: 'We knew that in two years' time, that is by the end of 1942, beginning of 1943, the English would be ready, the Americans would be ready, the Russians would be ready too, and then we would have to deal with all three of them at the same time.... We had to try to remove the greatest threat from the East.... At the time it seemed possible.'

Battle for Berlin, 1945

'We started to fire at the masses,' says one former German machine gunner. 'They weren't human beings for us. It was a wall of attacking beasts who were trying to kill us. You yourself were no longer human.'


Berlin after it fell to the Russians, 1945

"Vladlen Anchishkin, a Soviet battery commander on the 1st Ukrainian Front, sums up the horror of the whole event, when he tells how he took personal revenge on German soldiers: 'I can admit it now, I was in such a state, I was in such a frenzy. I said, 'Bring them here for an interrogation' and I had a knife, and I cut him. I cut a lot of them. I thought, 'You wanted to kill me, now it's your turn.'
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Dramatic Pictures: Battle For Stalingrad
"...Effective command no longer possible... further defense senseless. Collapse inevitable. Army requests immediate permission to surrender in order to save lives of remaining troops."
General Paulus' radio message to Hitler on January 24, 1943

"...Capitulation is impossible. The 6th Army will do its historic duty at Stalingrad until the last man, the last bullet..."

Hitler's response to General Friedrich Paulus' request to withdraw from the city


Points To Ponder....

The fall of France was shocking. It reduced France to virtually a non-player in the Second World War. The efforts of Charles de Gualle were more symbolic than material. But the martial instincts of the French must never be doubted. Under Napoleon they were a formidable military power. The French definitely have more iron in their blood then say, the Italians [I do not mean it in a derogatory sense. War never makes sense]


Bias Of Western Historians

Soviet resistance made possible a successful Allied invasion of France, and ensured the final Allied victory over Germany.

It can hardly be called mere 'resistance'! If it hadn't been for the Russians, Hitler would have made mincemeat of British forces in Africa and landed on British shores in no time. Hitler attacked Russia first because it had more land and resources than Britain. It is as simple as that.

Eastern Front: Bias Of Western Historians