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. The Wolf's Lair was the…
Start of World War II: September 1939-March 1940
This World War II timeline highlights important dates from September 1939 to April 1940. This time period saw the official start to World War II on September 1, 1939 when Germany invaded Poland. Follow the events of World War II and the German invasion.
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.
An excellent portrait photo of an SS-Untersturmführer of the 3rd SS-Totenkopf division. He is wearing a vertical TK collar tab and is in full dress uniform with his SS honor sword present.
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…