Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, pitifully attempting to avoid the noose at Auschwitz.

Rudolf Höss, the first commandant of Auschwitz concentration camp, pitifully attempting to avoid the noose at Auschwitz.

Tallest German surrenders.

Tallest German surrenders to short soldier in Second World War picture

a previously unpublished set of World War One (WWI) images from a private collection. Dead British, western front 1917

In pictures: Never before seen photographs from World War One frontline

a previously unpublished set of World War One (WWI) images from a private collection. Dead British, western front 1917

This combination of three photographs shows the reaction of a 16-year old German soldier after he was captured by U.S. forces, at an unknown location in Germany, in 1945. (AP Photo)

This combination of three photographs shows the reaction of a 16-year old German soldier after he was captured by U.S. forces, at an unknown location in Germany, in 1945. (AP Photo)

French troops throw rocks at advancing German troops from their hillside trench in the Vosges, 1916.

French troops throw rocks at advancing German troops from their hillside trench in the Vosges, 1916.

French soldiers wait in their trenches at the Western Front during the First World War - 1916

French soldiers wait in their trenches at the Western Front during the First World War - 1916

Rudolf Witzig was a German Fallschirmjäger during World War II and Oberst in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Witzig's greatest military achievement was the capture of Fort Eben-Emael in the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael on 10 May 1940; that same day, Oberleutnant Witzig was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. A special announcement of the Wehrmachtbericht on 11 May lauded the accomplishments of Witzig and his airborne…

Rudolf Witzig was a German Fallschirmjäger during World War II and Oberst in the Bundeswehr. He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves Witzig's greatest military achievement was the capture of Fort Eben-Emael in the Battle of Fort Eben-Emael on 10 May 1940; that same day, Oberleutnant Witzig was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. A special announcement of the Wehrmachtbericht on 11 May lauded the accomplishments of Witzig and his airborne…

Damaged guillotine in the death house of the Plotzensee prison where thousands were murdered by the Nazis. Source: GUILLOTINE HOME PAGE

Damaged guillotine in the death house of the Plotzensee prison where thousands were murdered by the Nazis. Source: GUILLOTINE HOME PAGE

Troops of the British 57th and 59th Divisions (XI Corps) entering Lille, France, 18 October 1918. (IWM)

Troops of the British 57th and 59th Divisions (XI Corps) entering Lille, France, 18 October 1918. (IWM)

The execution of the underground fighter Vladimir Vinogradov, who killed a German soldier in Vitebsk. Plate inscription in German and Russian: "Vladimir Vinogradov killed German soldier 9/23/41 in Vitebsk ." Note the three Germans pulling the rope and the victim beginning to asphyxiate. No quick resolution here so that the victim suffers as much as possible.

The execution of the underground fighter Vladimir Vinogradov, who killed a German soldier in Vitebsk. Plate inscription in German and Russian: "Vladimir Vinogradov killed German soldier 9/23/41 in Vitebsk ." Note the three Germans pulling the rope and the victim beginning to asphyxiate. No quick resolution here so that the victim suffers as much as possible.

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