Troops of SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division resting during a campaign toward Pabianice, Poland, Sep 1939.

Troops of SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division resting during a campaign toward Pabianice, Poland, Sep 1939.

operationbarbarossa:  Polish troops, each armed with a bolt-action short rifle, the Karabinek wz. 1929, march westward in song towards the oncoming Wehrmacht - September 1939 The Soviet invasion of Poland from the East would soon follow on 17 September 1939 in accordance with the secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

operationbarbarossa: Polish troops, each armed with a bolt-action short rifle, the Karabinek wz. 1929, march westward in song towards the oncoming Wehrmacht - September 1939 The Soviet invasion of Poland from the East would soon follow on 17 September 1939 in accordance with the secret protocol of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.

One of the many defensive positions built on the Don in August 1942. Whilst the Germans were busily digging in along the Don, further east some 200,000 defenders, soldiers and civilians, frantically dug anti-tank ditches and trenches, built pillboxes and other defensive positions, as they prepared for the German onslaught on Stalingrad.

One of the many defensive positions built on the Don in August 1942. Whilst the Germans were busily digging in along the Don, further east some 200,000 defenders, soldiers and civilians, frantically dug anti-tank ditches and trenches, built pillboxes and other defensive positions, as they prepared for the German onslaught on Stalingrad.

Theodor Eicke~In 1933, Himmler obtained Eicke from an asylum. Later, he appointed him commandant of Dachau. Eicke reorganized the camp. He devised a system that was used as a model for future camps in Germany. He established new guarding provisions (rigid discipline, total obedience to orders, and tightening disciplinary and punishment regulations for detainees). Uniforms were issued for prisoners and guards. May 1934, Eicke became Concentration Camps Inspector for himself.

Theodor Eicke~In 1933, Himmler obtained Eicke from an asylum. Later, he appointed him commandant of Dachau. Eicke reorganized the camp. He devised a system that was used as a model for future camps in Germany. He established new guarding provisions (rigid discipline, total obedience to orders, and tightening disciplinary and punishment regulations for detainees). Uniforms were issued for prisoners and guards. May 1934, Eicke became Concentration Camps Inspector for himself.

Polish soldiers and a Red Cross nurse captured during the invasion of Poland, 1939.

World War II Erupts: Color Photos From the Invasion of Poland, 1939

Polish soldiers and a Red Cross nurse captured during the invasion of Poland, 1939.

Un SS Totenkopf rampe vers sa position de combat sous l'œil attentif de ses collègues.

Un SS Totenkopf rampe vers sa position de combat sous l'œil attentif de ses collègues.

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