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Start of World War II: September 1939-March 1940
This is a candid close-up portrait of Gen Fedor von Bock, one of the German army's senior general officers with a distinguished series of commands, including spearheading the drive to Moscow in 1941. In true Prussian fashion, he sports the tall hard collar more prevalent among WW1 generals and the impeccable peaked cap.Von Bock was dismissed in 1942 because he disagreed with Hitler. He was killed along with members of his family during an air raid on May 4, 1945.
Wolf's Lair, May 2012
Wolf's Lair, May 2012 Wolf's Lair is the standard English name for Wolfsschanze, Adolf Hitler's first World War II Eastern Front military headquarters, one of several Führerhauptquartier (Führer Headquarters) or FHQs located in various parts of Europe. The complex, which was built for Operation Barbarossa, the 1941 German invasion of the Soviet Union, was located in the Masurian woods, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from the small East Prussian town of Rastenburg, now Kętrzyn in Poland.
SS-Obersturmführer Gerhard Bremer conferring with Kurt Meyer during the winter of 1941/42 on the defensive position in the area of Donets Basin. He received the Knight’s Cross for outstanding leadership during the initial phase of the Operation Barbarossa with Leibstandarte Division. His shoulder straps have the embroidered “LAH” cypher, and the machine-embroidered pattern of cuffband is worn.
Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, involved Germany as well as her allies: Italy, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, and Finland. Finland was eager to recapture the lands taken by the Soviet Union’s unprovoked assault in the 1939-1940 Winter War. Here, leader of the Finnish armed forces Marshal CGE Mannerheim discusses strategy with hero of the Winter War General Talvela, at the beginning of Finland’s second war with the USSR during WWII, the Continuation War.
The forgotten ACES: Air gunner ACES of WWII (image heavy)
A Luftwaffe dorsal gunner on a Heinkel He-111 bomber manning an Mg15 and he is equipped with an RZ20 parachute and an M42 Luftwaffe Stahlhelm. In many German bombers of the war, just one man was tasked with operating three or more defensive positions, making it impossible to effectively protect the whole aircraft in case of an attack from multiple sides. Note his P.08 Luger holster, possibly issued by Krieghoff, the manufacturer-supplier to the Luftwaffe.
Waffen SS Captain Karl-Heinz Boska was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. He served with SS Division Das Reich and SS Regiment Langemack. In Nov 1943, Boska led a fierce counterattack against the Russians; with his five tanks he knocked out 12 Russian armor, one field gun, and killed 380 enemy soldiers. He survived the war and died at 84 in 2004.