World War II
A knocked-out Panzerkampfwagen IV, August 1944. France
Mass production of the M4 Sherman, officially the Medium Tank, M4. The M4 was the primary battle tank used by the US and the other Western Allies during WW2. The M4 was the second most produced tank of the WW2 era, after the Soviet T-34, and its role in its parent nation's victory was comparable to that of the T-34. The tank took its name from the American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman.
Hitler is presented with the prototype of the MKb 42 (Haenel) battle rifle, forerunner of the StG 44, in 1943. On his right is Albert Speer, the armaments minister. According to some, Hitler was unaware of the development of the battle rifle and his facial expression seems to reflect his dislike of being surprised. The Haenel had a production run of 10,000 before it was replaced by the StG 44.
Shermans of 4th/7th Dragoon Guards move up to support the attack on Goch, 17 February 1945.
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Quality check of new boots for the army at a logistics depot, 1940. Shortage of leather forced the German army to introduce shorter boots in place of the traditional tall army boot, which required almost double the amount of leather in comparison to the boots in the photo. Both short and tall boots proved themselves woefully inadequate on the Eastern Front.
Colonial soldier with German women, 1919. In the period following World War I, French colonial troops were used as part of the Allied occupation of the German Rhineland, in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles. Germ Hitler wrote about the Black Shame in Mein Kampf, decrying the "negrification" of Europe. His government would later sterilize 500 or so mixed-race children born of African servicemen and German women (the so-called "Rhineland Bastards"),
German Soldier with Mg42. The noise of the Mg42 firing is unique.
German soldiers occupied Paris. - relaxing