During the Second World War Wehrmacht soldiers wore this slogan on their belt buckles, as opposed to members of the Waffen SS, who wore the motto Meine Ehre heißt Treue ('My honour is loyalty')

During World War II, Germany issued a total of only six campaign shields, of which one was created as a result of the heroic defense of Cholm. The Cholm Shield was instituted on 1st July 1942 and was to reward all who where honorably involved in the battle of Cholm. It was worn on the upper sleeve of the left shoulder of uniform.

The Close Combat Clasp (German: Nahkampfspange) is a military award instituted on 25 November 1942 for achievement in hand to hand fighting in close quarters.It came in 3 classes: Bronze, Silver and Gold.Highly coveted, the clasp was valued higher than the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.The award came only after extremely close scrutiny.The Gold for example was awarded to only 631 soldiers --out of an approximate total of 18 million.

The Germanic Proficiency Runes Badge was intended to be awarded solely to non-German members of the Germanic-SS who were serving the SS in countries under Nazi occupation.The award was issued in a bronze and silver grade, depending on the physical prowess displayed by the person so awarded. In that respect, this badge was similar to the SS Sports Badge. Today the GPR Badge is extremely rare and highly sought after by collectors.

This town was left as a memorial after ww2. The SS had killed the inhabitants as reparations for Resistance activity. The houses/cars etc were never touched again even by thieve

Very Rare WWII Enigma Cipher Machine. This highly important three-rotor Enigma deciphering machine was used by the Nazis during World War II. It is believed that acquisition of an Enigma, and the subsequent deciphering of the German codes by the Allies, shortened the war in Europe by at least two years. Examples of Enigma machines are exceptionally rare and almost all known models are in museums.

Tomoyuki Yamashita (November 8, 1885 - February 23, 1946) - general of the Japanese army during World War II. September 2, 1945, he was taken prisoner by the Americans.  During the trial in Manila, the American military court sentenced Yamashita to death.  February 23, 1946 he was hanged.

The Red Baron

A crashed German Messerschmitt is towed past the Houses of Parliament in London during World War II. Stringer / Hulton Archive / Getty Images / Universal Images Group

Joachim Peiper was a field officer in the Waffen-SS during World War II & personal adjutant to Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler between November 1940 & August 1941. By 1945, he was an SS-Standartenführer & the Waffen-SS’s youngest regimental colonel. He was convicted of war crimes committed in Belgium & accused of war crimes in Italy. He was murdered in France in July 1976, after his house was attacked with Molotov cocktails...

Hans-Ulrich Rudel, the highest-decorated member of the German armed forces in World War II.

End of the line for these Waffen SS soldiers in a frozen, inhospitable, faraway terrain somewhere on the Eastern Front, winter 1942. Waffen SS formations always led other army formations in casualties. Losses to the tune of 60-70 pc after a single engagement weren't unusual and created an acute reserve problem that was never solved.

The United States Army created the documentary The Negro Soldier in 1944 during World War II. The film was produced by Frank Capra as a follow up to his successful film series Why We Fight.

Men of the Wermacht view the hanged corpse of a young girl. Probably a Russian resistance member (though she conspicuously wears a red cross band on her right arm), she likely was tortured and raped before her death. Of the soldiers in the picture, only the one nearest the camera is unsmiling, and his face betrays only indifference for his victim. Some of these men probably had daughters the same age as the girl they hanged. Still, they smile.

The Nazi Golden Party Badge. Awarded to the first 100,000 members of the Nazi Party and certain other limited categories of people.

among the most feared killing machines of World War 1, causing the deaths of thousands of servicemen at sea.So when the people of Hastings woke one morning to see this German U-boat on their beach, it caused something of a shock.These eerie pictures show how the horrors of war got a little bit too close to home for the people of the Sussex town. Frustrating: As residents grew sick of children pelting the boat with rocks and making a racket throughout the night, the order was given to break h...