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Russian panorama photograph knocked out Stug with crashed stuka
Russian press photograph showing soldiers inspecting a knocked out Stug (Sturmgeschütz III) with the wreck of a shot down Stuka dive bomber next to it (I think undercarridge looks like Stuka but someone else may know better - as it may be retractable). The panorama is made from two photos that have been taped together to give the panorama effect showing the aftermath of a battle sometime in the summer of 1944. 
Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland - Original Press Photograph
German press photo taken 16.7.1942 (original print in my collection) -showing the Großdeutschland division vehicles pausing during the advance into Russia during the 42 summer offensive. Pictured is a comand Panzerkampfwagen II & Panzerkampfwagen IV’s & various staff cars.
Panzer IV Ausf. D moves through a village in Russia 1941/42 - Photograph
New edition to my photo collection, bought from Germany - looking in more detail, it is either Panzer IV Ausf. D or Ausf. F and I am leaning toward the D as the front gunner/drivers armour plate is stepped and with protected drivers slit block. However one odd  thing is the bow machine gun appears to have the rounder surround of the Ausf A
view from Fort Eben Emael of the Albert Canal in 1940
Map Location link
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Fort_Eben-Emael

German gun crew cleaning 3.7 cm Pak guns - Photograph Set

Set of five photos form the same solider - showing 3.7cm  Pak crews washing their guns down in a small coastal fishing town - possibly in Norway but more likely France as the buildings are stone as opposed to wood construction, and the other photos in the set also appear to be France so summer 1940. The other photos show soldiers marching, embarking on a troop train, and a squad resting up in full gear. The final shot graves of fallen comrades.

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DECISION BEFORE DAWN 1951 - My Must watch Films

One of the best feature films from the period immediately after the war. DECISION BEFORE DAWN (Ruining Time 119-120 minutes) premiered in the US 1951, directed by Anatole Litvak; staring Oskar Werner & Richard Basehart. It is one of the most authentic looking World War II films produced since the war. Depicting a spy story set against the last days of the war in Europe. Shot on location in 1950 in Germany including: Geiselgasteig, Mannheim, Munich, Nuremberg & Wrzberg. The film takes place against the backdrop of the still bomb damaged city’s of Germany and using: authentic uniforms, equipment & actors who had been on both sides of the conflict. It has a wonderful atmosphere that captures the period & mood of the times which few other films have equalled.

Links - the film:  http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/72701/Decision-Before-Dawn/

Oscar Werner: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Werner

Buy it Here:Decision Before Dawn [DVD] [1951]

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German Field Fortifications and Bunker Construction on the Atlantic Wall

3 original photographs I recently acquired - showing feild work fortifications and the construction of a concrete bunker on the Atlantic Wall. The wooden frame and steel reinforcing rods can be seen prior to pouring the concrete in one image. The photographs appear to be taken in northern France west of the Normandy landing area - the only clue to the area, might be written on one of the ammunition boxes pictured is the word ‘Bandes’; which is an area south of Saint Brieuc, France, also the country side seems consistent with that area of France, however this is just my best guess and may not be correct. The photos themselves were probably taken by members of Organisation Todt tasked with construction of the defences for the Atlantic Wall in northern France.

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German WII photos M34 crew / squad & a group of volkssturm

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German WWII postcards

3 postcards I picked up showing a 2cm flak in action, a Panzer I and an abandoned Russian artillery piece.

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BBC News - Submarine escape: A WWII survival tale from Kefalonia

Launch of HMS Perseus in May 1929 By Tim Clayton Military historian - HMS Perseus was launched in May 1929 READ HERE bbc.co.uk

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Echoes of the Past World War Two website features both the Echoes from the Past blog covering news in relation to the period before during and after the Second world War. It is also the home to my collection of German Axis military photos from the period 1935 to 1945.

 

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