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Ju 87 A-1 "77" code GJ+NV WNr.5008 of the StS 2 Bad Aibling September 1941

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Soldiers goose-step past the Führer in honor of Hitler's 50th birthday, April 20, 1939. Less than five months later, on September 1, the Third Reich's forces invaded Poland; on September 3, England and France declared war on Germany. The Second World War had begun.

Soviet machine gunners of 20th Army fire on German positions on the Dnieper River during the First Battle of Smolensk following Germany’s initial invasion of the Soviet Union. Note how none of the Soviet troops wear helmets which continued being in shortage well into the war. Near Dorogobuzh, Smolensk Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. 1 September 1941.

German medics assisting a gravely wounded Red Army soldier. The photo was taken in July 1941. As the war progressed and a retreating Germany grew desperate, assistance to Russian wounded lessened until it mostly disappeared. By 1943, Russian wounded were routinely shot.

Le FockeWulf FW190 Würger (pie-grièche), polyvalent, fut le premier vrai chasseur-bombardier de la Luftwaffe, destiné à remplacer le Ju-87 Stuka et le Bf-110. Bien que supérieur au Bf-109, il ne parvint pas à le supplanter.

The B-17 was famous for her durability and survivability. Here one B-17 of the 100th Bomber Squadron of the USAAF rests in an English airfield after being severely damaged by flack over Frankfurt. She was eventually repaired and returned to normal duty, 1944.