Posted: , Last update: August 26 2017, in Memorials & Monuments. No Comments

On 14 October 1944, two Generals came to pick up Erwin Rommel at his home. Rommel said farewell to his wife and son, got into the car with the men and drove off.



Posted: , Last update: August 26 2017, in Cemeteries. 2 comments

Almost everyone with the slightest interest in WW2 is likely to know Field Marshal Erwin Rommel and his famous nickname “The Desert Fox” or “Wüstenfuchs”.
Erwin Rommel was one of the most respected German Generals during WW2



Posted: , Last update: August 4 2017, in Third Reich Sites & Architecture. No Comments

In this building situated in the Upper-Austrian city of Braunau am Inn (then the Austria-Hungarian empire) Adolf Hitler was born on the 20th of April 1889.



Posted: , Last update: July 12 2017, in Cemeteries. No Comments

The German War Cemetery in Lommel is the largest WWII German Military Cemetery outside of Germany in Western Europe. The cemetery is the final resting place for a little over 39,100 German fallen soldiers. Most of them fell during WWII and a small part of the 16 acres holds 542 graves from the Great War (WWI) that were formerly buried in a cemetery at Leopoldsburg, Belgium. About 6.000 of the fallen could not be identified. 1.200 of the fallen classify as child soldiers.

The casualties fell during various war campaigns and battles in Western Europe, but the largest number of victims fell during the last two years of the war between late 1944 and 1945, when Germany was losing ground and the fighting was very fierce, like in the Battle for Hürtgen Forest and Aachen or the Battle of the Bulge … Read More »



Posted: , Last update: June 12 2017, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. No Comments

Bayernwald was part of the German front line in WWI. Situated on a hill it was a key position and therefore suffered constant attacks and artillery bombardments by the opposing British forces.



Posted: , Last update: May 23 2017, in D-Day Normandy, Museums & Collections. No Comments

This museum traces the period of the Allied landings on D-Day in Normandy until the liberation of Paris. It boasts an impressive collection ranging from army infantry equipment and belongings to tanks of the era used on both sides of the battle.



Posted: , Last update: May 18 2017, in D-Day Normandy, Memorials & Monuments. No Comments

On D-Day, June 6th 1944, Piper William “Bill” Millin led the way playing his bagpipe for the Scottish Commando’s of Lord Lovat’s 1st Special Service Brigade landing on the shore of Sword Beach.



Posted: , Last update: May 18 2017, in Cemeteries. 1 Comment

With the construction of a military training complex in Wünsdorf-Zossen in 1909, this cemetery became the final resting place for soldiers from all over the world during both World Wars.



Posted: , Last update: February 13 2017, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. No Comments

These towers were developed specifically as air raid shelters by German Architect Leo Winkel.



Posted: , Last update: January 31 2017, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints, Third Reich Sites & Architecture. No Comments

Hidden in the foliage at the dead end of the curved “Am Großen Wannsee” lane lies a complex which was formerly known as the Reichs Air Raid Defense School or in German “Reichsluftschutzschule”, together with the massive “Hochbunker” Heckeshorn.



Posted: , Last update: January 24 2017, in Tanks & Vehicles. No Comments

With the rise to power of the Nazi Party in 1933, the German Reichsbahn (or State Railway) became a powerful instrument in carrying out the party’s agenda. As a government run company, it set an example by expelling all social democrats, communists, trade unionists and Jews from employment and the “Heil Hitler” salute became mandatory for all Reichsbahn officials.



Posted: , Last update: January 4 2017, in Cemeteries. No Comments

The Battle of the Bulge claimed many lives on both sides. In this last stage of the war during the winter of 1945, brave men gave their lives for the final victory, while others sacrificed theirs in a last attempt to stop them. Both motives ensured a fierce fight.



Posted: , Last update: November 2 2016, in Memorials & Monuments, Museums & Collections. 2 comments

On the 20th of January 1942, Reinhard Heydrich addressed a group of 15 men of whom prominent members of the NSDAP and important government officials in the infamous Wannsee Conference Room, with the aim to secure their support and conclude a final solution of the ‘Jewish question’.



Posted: , Last update: September 19 2016, in Bunkers, Fortresses & Strongpoints. 4 comments

To restructure the German Army Command, Hitler founded the OKH and OKW organisations. Both commands were stationed in two neighbouring facilities Maybach I and Maybach II in the forested area between Zossen and Wünsdorf, Brandenburg, just some 20 kilometers South of Berlin.



Posted: , Last update: June 28 2016, in Cemeteries. No Comments

Right across the road from the Memorial of “The Fifty”, lies a military cemetery of Russian origin. It’s neglected headstones and tombs form a sharp contrast to the well kept memorial of The Fifty.






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