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One of Germany's most successful tankaces Michael Wittmann with his crew and Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung E "TIGER"

One of Germany's most successful tankaces Michael Wittmann with his crew and Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausführung E "TIGER"

Un Panzer IV en embuscade. À noter le gisement en site négatif du tube de 75 qui fait paraître le char détruit.

Un Panzer IV en embuscade. À noter le gisement en site négatif du tube de 75 qui fait paraître le char détruit.

Operation Greif involved English-speaking German soldiers wearing captured Allied uniforms and vehicles as spies contrary to the Hague Convention rules of war to cause confusion in the rear of the Allied lines during the Battle of the Bulge. This is one of the spies being tied to a stake for execution in December 1944.

Operation Greif involved English-speaking German soldiers wearing captured Allied uniforms and vehicles as spies contrary to the Hague Convention rules of war to cause confusion in the rear of the Allied lines during the Battle of the Bulge. This is one of the spies being tied to a stake for execution in December 1944.

Soldiers of the 3rd SS Panzer Division during the Battle of Kursk, 1943.

Soldiers of the 3rd SS Panzer Division during the Battle of Kursk, 1943.

Sdkfz 251 and Panther "Wiking"

Sdkfz 251 and Panther "Wiking"

F-4 Phantom II destroyed during the enemy attack against Tan Son Nhut during the Tet Offensive. (U.S. Air Force photo).

F-4 Phantom II destroyed during the enemy attack against Tan Son Nhut during the Tet Offensive. (U.S. Air Force photo).

D-Day Landing at Normandy Beach 1944 by Walter Rosenblum

D-Day Landing at Normandy Beach 1944 by Walter Rosenblum

An entire SS Panzer Tank Division was manned by 16 & 17-year-old boys. The German ethic of the boy soldier not only encouraged such service but towards the end of the war, the Germans even drafted boys as young as 12 into military service. These children saw extensive action and were among the fiercest & effective German defenders in the Battle of Berlin. American men were horrified as they fought,killed and sometimes were killed–by boys barely old enough to graduate from elementary school.

An entire SS Panzer Tank Division was manned by 16 & 17-year-old boys. The German ethic of the boy soldier not only encouraged such service but towards the end of the war, the Germans even drafted boys as young as 12 into military service. These children saw extensive action and were among the fiercest & effective German defenders in the Battle of Berlin. American men were horrified as they fought,killed and sometimes were killed–by boys barely old enough to graduate from elementary school.

Rest. The brutal pace of battle left precious little time for that most precious commodity for human survival. German soldiers were routinely issued "booster" pills to keep them awake. The use of such medication had the net result of protracted exhaustion and, eventually, collapse.

Rest. The brutal pace of battle left precious little time for that most precious commodity for human survival. German soldiers were routinely issued "booster" pills to keep them awake. The use of such medication had the net result of protracted exhaustion and, eventually, collapse.

Abandoned Panther tanks like this were not always knocked out by enemy fire, but sometimes simply running out of fuel or a mechanical failure would create a situation to leave it and attempt to recover the vehicle later if possible.

Abandoned Panther tanks like this were not always knocked out by enemy fire, but sometimes simply running out of fuel or a mechanical failure would create a situation to leave it and attempt to recover the vehicle later if possible.