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November 20, 1945
Nuremberg trials: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice at Nuremberg.

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User Image ww2inphotos Posted: Nov 20, 2017 12:32 PM (UTC)
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In the freezing cold,Private Charles Preston, of Nicholasville, Kentucky, brushes snow from a 30-caliber machine gun mounted on his jeep.His unit is moving against the German counterattack in the Ardennes during the 'Battle of the Bulge' which is barely a week old. December 21 1944.
Disastrous offensive in the Ardennes exhausted the resources of Germany on the Western Front. The German collapse opened the way for the Allies to ultimately break the Siegfried Line.
User Image ww2inphotos Posted: Nov 19, 2017 1:01 PM (UTC)
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The Führer's special train was used first during the Balkans Campaign in early 1941. The train was ironically named Führersonderzug "Amerika" in 1940, and later Führersonderzug "Brandenburg". After the Balkans Campaign the train was not used as a Führer Headquarters, but Hitler used it throughout the war when he travelled between Berlin, Berchtesgaden, Munich and other headquarters.
The exact elements of the train is not known, but some details were revealed by the departure information "Bln 2009", when the train departed the Anhalter Bahnhof in Berlin on 23 June 1941, arriving at Wolfsschanze on 24 June 1941;
The individual 17 components (locomotives and cars) in order were:
Two BR52 Class locomotives.
a special Flakwagen armoured anti-aircraft train flatbed car with two anti-aircraft guns, most often a pair of Flakvierling cannon batteries, one at each end of the cara baggage. carthe Führerwagen, used by Hitlera Befehlswagen (command car), including a conference room and a communications centera Begleitkommandowagen, for the accompanying Reichssicherheitsdienst.a dining car. two cars for guestsa Badewagen (bathing car).another dining car. two sleeping cars for personnela Pressewagenanother baggage caranother Flakwagen
Otto Dietrich indicates that the Flakwagennever had to be used when Hitler was travelling. The "Pressewagen" was to receive and release press reports, not for journalists.

Source: Wiki.
User Image russia_my_motherland Posted: Nov 19, 2017 12:46 PM (UTC)
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Говоря о Мышкине, никак нельзя обойти вниманием мемориальный комплекс, построенный к 60-летию Победы в Великой Отечественной Войне. Памятник просто удивительный, занимает территорию в 1500 кв.метров, это весьма значительная площадь для маленького городка с населением 6 тыс.чел. Мемориал безумно красивый, в то же время уютный и какой-то настоящий, искренний, не похожий на другие памятники в честь героев войны/Talking about Myshkin it is impossible to forget about Memorial built in honor of the 60th anniversary of the 2nd World War. The memorial is really great, it takes 1500 square meter, it is really big territory for the little town with 6 ths people. The memorial is very beautiful, in the same time very cozy and truly real, honest, it is not like any other monument in honor of war heroes #россия #русь #русьвеликая #моястрана #мояроссия #мышкин #путешествия #путешествияпороссии #пороссии #вокругроссии #городароссии #памятник #втораямировая #волга #russia #myshkin #russiaismymotherland #myrussia #mycountry #aroundrussia #exploringrussia #travelling #travellingaroundrussia #volga #volgariver #russiancity #2ndworldwar #2ndworldwarmemorial
User Image Posted: Nov 19, 2017 11:11 AM (UTC)
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ДЮНКЕРК. Июнь, 1940г. Продолжение предыдущего поста • На видео: так бежали французы и англичане от наступающих немецких войск . P.S. Описание в комментариях 👇🏼———————————————————————— DUNKIRK. June, 1940. Continuation of previous post • On 15 June, six German divisions fought their way across the Rhine River into France in spite of intense resistance from French fortifications. This was the largest amphibious operation on the Western Front until D-Day. At the same time, German units pierced the gaps in the Maginot Line and its flanks left by the retreating French interval troops and appeared on the rear of the Line’s forts with their powerful PAK37 and 88 guns. Soon after, Fascist Italy attacked the south of France. However. This assault was smashed by the southern arm of the Maginot Line.
France’s High Command ordered the by now isolated Maginot garrisons(or “crews”) to sabotage their fortifications and retreat. Some crews did, but others refused to retreat or surrender.
The large forts kept firing a blizzard of high-explosive shells at advancing German units, inflicting serious casualties on the enemy. The fort of Brehain, for example fired 24,250 high explosive shells; the mighty Simserhof fort fired 17,000.
German assault troops managed to take three small works and many feeble blockhouses, but no major Maginot fort was captured or even seriously assaulted.
By 17 June, the renowned German cavalry general, Heinz Guderian, had raced his panzer army south down the Meuse to Belfort near the Swiss border, trapping nearly 300,000 French troops in a giant pocket between the Meuse and the Maginot Line. All of these units and the retreating Maginot troops eventually surrendered 21-25 June. A few Maginot forts held out until repeatedly ordered to surrender by the French High Command. The Germans chivalrously allowed their garrisons to leave their forts with banners flying and under arms.
Military doctrine and technology of 1940 and met and crushed the military of 1918. But another power, the Soviet Union, would soon defeat Germany, using the same devastating combination of fire and movement, but this time with massively overwhelming forces
User Image Posted: Nov 18, 2017 11:00 PM (UTC)
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На фото Британские солдаты, которых эвакуируют из французского порта Дюнкерка в ходе Второй Мировой войны, июнь 1940г. Глаза этих солдат говорят о многом... ———————————————————————— This picture shows British troops as they are being evacuated from the French port of Dunkirk during the Second World War.
The “Miracle of Dunkirk” was indeed a miracle, but it was shadowed by a much larger colossal military defeat.
The Germans had invaded France on May 10th of 1940 with 3 army groups. Army Group B would invade the Netherlands and Belgium, also acting as bait to lead to allied armies into Belgian territory to meet them. Army Group A was the main element of the German invasion, and would secretly move through the Ardennes and break out, spreading rapidly across France. Army Group C was just meant to carry out static warfare with the Maginot Line to make sure those troops were occupied while Army Group A flanked the French defensive line from the North.
When Army Group B invaded the Netherlands and Belgium, the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) and the most elite French Armies moved eastward to meet their enemy before they made it into France. The allies believe the Germans were doing exactly what they had done in 1914. They were wrong.
The German Army Group A rapidly moved through the “impenetrable” Ardennes Forest and, after breaking through at Sedan, spread across France with their panzers and close air support. They moved west and then northward to the Northern French Coast along the English Channel. This completely trapped the main allied armies engaging Army Group B, and they soon were forced into a retreat. The only viable evacuation point left was Dunkirk, and due to Hitlers Halt Order and overconfidence in the German Air Force (Luftwaffe), 338,000 out of 400,000 men escaped to the safety of Britain.
The Germans then turned around, and during Fall Rot, conquered the rest of France.
Dunkirk was a miracle, but as I said, it was a miracle within the fallout of an immense disaster militarily.
User Image Posted: Nov 18, 2017 10:38 PM (UTC)
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ДЮНКЕРК. Июнь, 1940г. Продолжение предыдущего поста • Наиболее вероятной причиной остановки наступления немецких войск во французском Дюнкерке в настоящее время считается желание избежать лишних потерь. Загнанные в угол французы и британцы явно собирались отчаянно сопротивляться до последнего, Геринг же обещал расправиться с окружёнными исключительно при помощи ударов с воздуха, и эта перспектива показалась фюреру заманчивой. Впоследствии Гудериан и Манштейн считали приказ об остановке наступления одной из наиболее критичных ошибок Гитлера, а Рундштедт называл его «одним из ключевых моментов войны» ———————————————————————— DUNKIRK. June, 1940. Continuation of previous post • But the French fatally overestimated the time it would take the Germans to transit the Ardennes and reach the Meuse. The French Army would have had ample time to concentrate on any possible crossing of the Meuse, it was believed. But in 1938, a French parliamentary deputy, warned of the threat of a German breakthrough in the Ardennes-Sedan region.
This is, of course, precisely what happened. In one of military history’s most audacious feats, German mechanized forces crossed the Meuse, shattered weak French defenses there, and raced for the Channel, cutting off the British Expeditionary Force and France’s armies in the north that were poised to invade Germany’s Ruhr industrial region. The Dunkirk disaster ensued. Hitler’s foolish hopes of a German-British alliance saved the British forces at Dunkirk from total destruction.
Germany’s racing Panzer divisions and their close air support then drove south, sweeping aside French divisions, and taking Paris on 14 June, 1940. The German advanced across northern France and then down the Rhone Valley. More than 300,000 French mobile and “interval” troops with large numbers of heavy artillery were deployed to defend the Maginot Line • P.S. Read previous post 👉🏻
User Image ww2_in_photos Posted: Nov 18, 2017 2:26 PM (UTC)
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Panther "R02", SS-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp, Kommandeur of SS-Panzer-Regiment 5/5. SS-PzD 'Wiking' and grenadiers of the 131. Infanterie-Division ready to fight, in an attempt to break the Red Army's circle around Kowel, Ukraine. 6 April 1944.
User Image emh7924 Posted: Nov 18, 2017 12:50 PM (UTC)
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Zwiedzanie z przewodnikiem, tym razem cmentarza wojennego w Redłowie - część radziecka z pomnikiem Nataszy (kiedyś na Skwerze Kościuszki) i polska, w tym z grobami symbolicznymi.
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User Image ww2inphotos Posted: Nov 18, 2017 10:31 AM (UTC)
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When comparing the small number of Tigers produced (only 1347), to the more than 120,000 T-34s and Shermans combined, one can appreciate the psychological impact of this model, at least from the Allied tank crew perspective. In its concept laid the very core of the German conception of a heavy tank. Something which targeted absolute excellence in design, combining lethality with the best possible protection, only given to elite crews, all this regardless of the cost. Excellent engineering and training versus numbers underlined all this philosophy and was reflected, later, in small tactical unit operations.
The Tiger was a formidable machine that pushed the boundaries of armored warfare and forced the Allies to devise better tanks. It powerfully symbolized all the might of the Nazi war machine, as dreamed off by Hitler, and later turned through propaganda into a “Wunderwaffe” (wonder weapon) in a mostly defensive war. The Tiger, like all new tanks, had teething problems at first and it was never an easy tank to maintain, but it was always deadly effective (with a 10:1 up to 19:1 kill ratio), earning a capital of fear that was unrivaled during the war. Allied crews found themselves hopeless with their inadequate machines, having to improvise costly tactics to deal with it. The Tiger gave fame to a few WWII tank aces, like Michael Wittman, something rarely heard of before, since the life expectancy of a tank crew was always quite shorter than that of fighter pilots.
The final Tiger was, consequently, a mix of the parts from previous prototypes by Henschel and Porsche. The turret and gun were retained from Krupp AG Essen’s design meant for the VK 36.01, but the chassis, engine, transmission and many components were from Henschel’s VK 45.01(H) final design, which was developed after a decision meeting at Berghof on May, 26, 1941. It was then decided that necessary numbers of the 7.5 cm (2.95 in) Waffe 0725 tapered-bore needed to be stockpiled, but the adaptation of the new 8.8 cm (3.46 in) KwK needed to be investigated.
The final armor thickness was fixed at 100 mm (3.94 in) frontal and 60 mm (2.36 in) sides and rear. However, in September 1941.
User Image Posted: Nov 18, 2017 9:33 AM (UTC)
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DUNKIRK, 1940. Continuation of previous post • This audacious proposal called for the bulk of Germany’s armor, mechanized and logistical units to negotiate the dirt tracks, ravines and dense woods of the vast Ardennes Forest that straddles the Franco-Belgian border and Luxembourg. The Germans would then fall upon the hinge of two massive French armies (north on the Belgian border and south behind the Maginot Line facing Belgium and Germany), then drive northwest for the Channel, so isolating the Allied armies corps in northern France.
The Germans chose not to attack the principal fortification of the Maginot Line which was built to cover France’s coal and steel complex in Lorraine. The French knew the Maginot Line’s left flank opposite Belgium was weak and vulnerable. The 1930’s Depression had almost halted work on the Line, which was begun in the late 1920’s, leaving it unfinished and undergunned. As a result, the French Army stationed some of its best regular divisions around Stenay to protect the Line’s vulnerable right flank.
Popular belief holds that the French High Command believed that crossing the Ardennes in force was impossible. Not so. In 1938, the French army had run war games around Sedan on the Meuse River with just such a threat in mind. ———————————————————————— На последнем берегу. Эвакуация союзников из Дюнкерка. Продолжение • В первый же день массированным налётом был уничтожен дюнкеркский порт. Значительная часть бомб попала и на город — число жертв среди мирных жителей, согласно некоторым источникам, достигало тысячи человек, около трети от всего оставшегося на тот момент в городе населения. Городской водопровод был повреждён бомбами, что сделало невозможным тушение пожаров, и Дюнкерк выгорел практически полностью. Скопившихся на пляжах солдат немцы бомбили и расстреливали из бортовых пулемётов. Британская авиация оказывала максимально возможную помощь — только за первый день прибывшей с противоположного берега «кавалерией» было сбито 38 немецких самолётов. Всего за время эвакуации британцы смогли уничтожить 145 вражеских самолётов ценой потери 156 своих, ещё 35 немецких самолётов было уничтожено зенитной артиллерией с кораблей.

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