British paratrooper behind enemy lines before Normandy Invasion. As it became increasingly clear to the paras that the “main force” would never arrive, Sgt-Maj. Henry P Rowswell of the 5th Airborne (an avid amateur photographer who brought his Leica along, against regulations) snapped this photo of his apprehensive CO.
The physical casualty lists of the Second World War as of December 1944, including: US Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard (both piled to the left), the US Merchant Marines (small center bundle) and the rest all belonging to the US Army.
Wilhelm Hosenfeld (2 May 1895 – 13 August 1952), was a German Army officer who rose to the rank of Hauptmann by the end of the war. He helped to hide or rescue several Poles, including Jews, in Nazi-occupied Poland, and is perhaps most remembered for helping Polish-Jewish pianist and composer Władysław Szpilman to survive, hidden, in the ruins of Warsaw during the last months of 1944. He died in Soviet captivity on 13 August 1952, from injury possibly sustained during torture.
The Reoccupation of the Rhineland, March 7, 1936: German cavalry enter the Rhineland following Hitler's decision to risk a French reaction that never came. Germany disbanded its mounted cavalry in 1941 but reintroduced it a year later to counter the guerrilla tactics of the Russian Cossacks. In addition, the horse remained the primary beast of burden of the German logistical effort until the end of the war.
Danish Legion-Obersturmführer Per Sørensen of the Frikorps Danmark at 1941 wearing the trifos (three legged swastika) collar tabs. Sørensen fought throughout the war on the Eastern Front.He was promoted SS-Sturmbannführer in 1945 and received command of 24.SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Danmark east of Berlin in April 1945. He died from a sniper's bullet Berlin on April 24 1945. Sørensen was given a military funeral at the Ploetzensee cemetery by German and Scandinavian SS-Panzergrenadiers.
Heinrich Himmler pays an official visit to Spain and is received by dictator Gen Fransisco Franko (on Himmler's left). Also in the picture are SS-Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff (left), Himmler's chief of personal staff, and Spanish foreign minister Serrano Suñer (black uniform on the right). October 1940.