Rare Images Of The Wehrmacht (German Army) From WW2: Part 4

Toilet at the front

German soldiers having some fun.

15cm Nebelwerfer 41 MRL. The German soldier won't be using it anymore..

1940, France. In the center - Heinz Gunderian, bottom left - "Enigma"


The Enigma machine was an advanced electro-mechanical cipher machine developed in Germany after World War 1. The Enigma machine was used by all branches of the German military as their main device for secure wireless communications until the end of World War 2. Several types of the Enigma machine were developed before and during World War 2, each more complex and harder to code break than its predecessors. The most complex Enigma type was used by the German Navy. In addition to the complexity of the Enigma machine itself, its operating procedures became increasingly complex, as the German military wanted to make Enigma communications harder to code break.

Various intelligence evidence during World War 2 led the German military to make several investigations about the possibility that The Allies can read Enigma messages. The German intelligence and communications experts concluded that Enigma was still secure from allied code breakers. They were wrong.
Source: 2worldwar2

 Enthusiastic German troops in November 1941

Spring 1942. The Eastern Front.

Germans and their allies in Russia. Colonel-General Ewald von Kleist met with the commanders of allied forces. In the center - the chief of the engineering IRGC Colonel Mario Tirelli. On his right an officer of the Hungarian army. District Dnepropetrovsk, August 1941.

The German tries to pull the Mercedes car out of the sand. Artillery Regiment of the 3rd SS Division Totenkopf. Lithuania, June 1941.

Gas for the German tanks. Army Group South.  A tank could take up to 10 cans, which significantly increased its cruising range. July 1941.

50 mm shells for the Panzers. Army Group South. 14 th Panzer Division. July 1941

A General of the Luftwaffe inspects on the construction of anti-aircraft positions. January 1945. He seems to be in a jovial mood.

Ready for the attack

Autumn of 1944. The gloom had set in.

Panzer Division "Hermann Goering" in Italy.


The Fallschirm-Panzer-Division 1. Hermann Göring (1st Paratroop Panzer Division Hermann Goering - abbreviated Fallschirm-Panzer-Div 1 HG) was an élite German Luftwaffe armoured division. The HG saw action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and on the Eastern front. The division was the creation of Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring and increased in size throughout the war from an Abteilung (battalion) to a Panzer corps.

 April 1943. The Das Reich Awards are given to soldiers of SS Panzer Division after the Battle Of Kharkov

 An observer position is camouflaged

An officer of the Wehrmacht has target practice

A wedding in the Wehrmacht at the front

150-mm MLRs Nebelwerfer 42 on the basis of Opel 'Blitz' 'Maultier' (Mule)

German soldiers fooling around

German acoustic radar. Called-Ringtrichterrichtungshoerer it had a range of from 5 to 12km, up to two degrees.

German soldiers on alert as there is firing from the burning house in Russia. One of them tosses a grenade to finish the matter.



-- German soldiers: Part 1
-- German soldiers: Part 2
-- Rare Images Of The Wehrmacht: Part 3
-- Wehrmacht: Part 5 
-- Wehramcht (German Soldiers): Part 6 
-- Wehrmacht: Part 7

-- Wehrmacht: Part 8 

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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

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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