Italian and German soldiers enjoy a small talk with other comrades in war. Yugoslavia 1941.🇬🇧 Soldati italiani e tedeschi scherzano tra di loro durante una breve pausa dall'invasione della Jugoslavia nel 1941. I bersaglieri sono in sella a moto Guzzi. 🇮🇹
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The German 5. Infanterie Division (5th Infantry Division) was formed in the city of Ulm in 1934
under the codename Kommandant of Ulm (Commander of Ulm). The division did not participate
in the Invasion of Poland as it was stationed in the Upper Rhine area. During the Battle of
France the division saw little action, being used in a defensive role the majority of the time. After
the Fall of France the division was put on occupation duty until April 1941 when it was moved to
East Prussia in preparation of Operation Barbarossa. Assigned to Army Group Center the
division fought in the drive to Smolensk and at the Battle of Vysama before being returned to France in December to refit and be reorganised as a Jäger (Hunter) Division and renamed to
the 5. Jäger Division. Returning to the eastern front in February 1942 and was assigned to Army
Group North where it helped relieve the encircled II Korps at Demyansk. For the rest of 1942
and ‘43 the division fought in and around Staraya Russa until being sent to Army Group Center
in January 1944. The division fought in the Vitebsk battles and in the Kovel sector until July
1944. After the collapse of Army Group Center the division was constantly in state of fighting
retreat until being surrounded in Berlin and destroyed at the end of the war.
🇷🇺 Свежие находки с последнего путешествия на Волхов-Фронт с @echodeskrieges. Смертный жетон немецкого артиллериста из 13-ой роты пехотных орудий 151-ого пехотного полка 61-ой пехотной дивизии Вермахта и Железный Крест 2-го класса. Железным Крестом 2-го класса награждали за храбрость и героизм, проявленные перед лицом врага в отдельно взятом боевом эпизоде, или действия, несомненно выходящие за пределы чувства долга.
🇬🇧 Fresh finds from the last Wolchow-Front trip with @echodeskrieges. A dog tag that belonged to a German artilleryman who served in the 13th Infantry support guns Company of the 151st Infantry Regiment of the Wehrmacht 61st Infantry Division and the Iron Cross 2nd Class. An Iron Cross 2nd Class was awarded for a single act of bravery in the face of the enemy, or actions that were clearly above and beyond the call of duty.
A German Junkers 52 aircraft transport aircraft is shot down by British/Greece Anti Aircraft fire over Crete.
Note that some fallschirmjäger made it out in time.
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German War Hero - Christen served in the Waffen-SS with the infamous Totenkopf ("Deathshead") Division on the Eastern Front from the first days of the invasion of Russia during Operation Barbarossa by German forces. On the morning of September 24, 1941, Christen and his anti-tank battery were fighting Russian forces north of the Russian village of Lushno. During this fight, all of Christen's comrades had been killed or had left the field of battle while Christen remained. While exposed to artillery and small arms fire, Christen manned his 50mm cannon alone, holding on without supplies or provisions for the next two days. At night, he would sneak from his firing pit out to other gun sites and retrieve ammunition to replenish his supplies to continue his fight. When a counterattack by other Totenkopf troops recaptured Lushno, Christen was credited with having knocked out 13 Soviet tanks and single-handedly killing approximately 100 enemy soldiers. The SS men that relieved him were amazed that a single soldier could hold his position against hundreds of Soviet troops and a formidable armor presence. SS-Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke, the commanding general of the division, awarded Christen with the Iron Cross, First Class and recommended him simultaneously for the Knight's Cross due to this magnificent act of bravery. Christen was called back to Germany where Adolf Hitler personally awarded him the Knight's Cross, making Christen the first enlisted man in his division to be given the honor. Upon receiving the decoration, Christen returned to his unit and continued to fight bravely throughout the rest of the war. In May of 1945, he was captured after the remainder of the severely diminished Totenkopf Division surrendered to American forces in Czechoslovakia. The Americans turned them over to the Russian Red Army. While in custody of the Russians, the Totenkopf men received especially harsh treatment due to their reputation as an organization that committed outrageous war crimes on Russian soil.Christen survived ten years of this brutal treatment and was released in 1955.
He died quietly at his home in Bavaria in 1995.
This day in war history; Erwin Rommel fights off 3 French soldiers. He was only wielding an empty rifle until hit by a ricocheting bullet.
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General der Panzertruppe Hasso von Manteuffel died on 24 Sept 1978. He was a commander of the 5th Panzer Army during WW2. In Operation Barbarossa, Manteuffel commanded a battalion in the 7th Panzer Division (Army Group Centre). On 5 Feb 1943 he became the commander of the Division von Broich during the Battle of Tunisia. On 10 March 1945 Manteuffel was made the commander of the 3rd Panzer Army on the Eastern Front, the Soviet 2nd Belorussian Front broke through 3rd Panzer Army's line, forcing a German retreat. On 3 May 1945 Manteuffel surrendered his troops to the British Army at Hagenow, Germany. After the war, Manteuffel was charged in 1959 for having a deserter shot in 1944. He was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison. In 1968 he lectured at the US Military Academy at West Point, speaking about combat in deep snow conditions and worked as a technical adviser on war films. #postdam#prussia#berlin#germany#sovietunion#russia#belarus#austria#usa#belgium#france#poland#ukraine#croatia#latvia#estonia#tunisia#panzer#army#tank#bojonegoro#wehrmacht#waffenss#usarmy#soldier#veteran#museum#history#ww2
Claus, Graf Schenk von Stauffenberg -
[15/11/1907, Jettingen]-[ †20/07/1944, Berlin]
German army officer who, as the chief conspirator of the July Plot, carried out an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
In 1943, Stauffenberg was promoted to Oberstleutnant (lieutenant-colonel of the general staff), and was sent to Africa to join the 10th Panzer Division. He was then involved in a firefight against fighter bombers of the Desert Air Force. Stauffenberg received multiple severe injuries and loses his left eye, his right hand, and two fingers on his left hand. While recovering, Stauffenberg started to question himself about the future of Germany and soon decided that Hitler should be eliminated. -
Stauffenberg got the chance to carry out this task in July 1944, after he had been promoted to colonel and reassigned to the post of Chief of Staff to the Reserve Army Command. After two preliminary attempts, Stauffenberg succeeded in placing a bomb in Hitler’s headquarters at Rastenburg (July 20, 1944); however, it failed to kill the dictator. A planned coup in Berlin likewise miscarried, and Stauffenberg and a few of his co-conspirators were summarily executed the night of July 20 in Berlin.
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