[Below: The following photos, peeled from a period photo album, are of famous people. This is the marvelous Hanna Reitsch (March 29, 1912 – August 24, 1979)! Hanna was one of the most spectacular people on planet earth during WWII. I'm not kidding you. She was a test pilot of extraordinary skill and bravery.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch.]

[Below: Hanna Reitsch.]

[Below: Waffen-SS Josef "Sepp" Dietrich (May 28, 1892 – April 21, 1966).]

[Below: The Luftwaffe general and ace pilot Adolf Galland (March 19, 1912 – February 9, 1996).]

[Below: Adolf Galland.]

[Below: Adolf Galland.]


[Below: Click on the picture below to see a selection of WWII era Kriegsmarine photos. Most of them are from Norwegian waters.]

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[Below: The graves of heroes.]


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[Below: Forty year celebration of German workers.]


[Below: Reverse.]


[Below: Reverse. Does that say 1954? Hmm...]


[Below: This guy looks so incredibly calm...]



[Below: This snazzy fellow is wearing an NSDAP party pin.]


  • The following photos have Russian writing/numbers on the backs. I've seen a handful of these over the years, it is said that they were part of KGB archives after WWII. Anyone know the truth?
    This photo is just used as an example, each one is identical except for the inventory number. I'll post the translation later.

    [Below: A very interesting photo! I've never seen anything like this. We're guessing this was part of an Army Day type celebration. Note the 'PANZERJÄGERN' (TANK HUNTERS) on the side, but also the strange silhouette of a figure holding either a rifle or a looking glass on the back of the wagon. The weapon obviously couldn't be fired, lest its recoil would send it tumbling off the back of the vehicle. Anyway, an interesting photo!]

    [Below: Viktor Petermann. (May 26, 1916 – May 19, 2001) was a Luftwaffe ace and Knight's Cross winner. He was credited with 64 aerial victories on the Eastern Front, four of which were after he lost his arm in service. At war's end he even flew the Me 262 fighter jet! He surrendered to American troops in May 1945 and for some reason was handed over to Soviet troops, but was released in August 1945 due to health problems.]

    [Below: Adolf Glunz (June 11, 1916 – August 1, 2002) was a Luftwaffe fighter ace and Knight's Cross winner (with Oakleaves). He is credited with 71 aerial victories achieved in 574 combat missions! All of these were on the Western Front, except for three, making his victories all the more amazing. His kills included seventeen four-engine bombers and 37 Supermarine Spitfire fighters.]



    [Below: A photo of a Japanese soldier lost in time. It's interesting that he has two Arisaka bayonets on him, one on his rifle and the other sheathed.]

    [Below: Written on the back of the photo...]





    [Below: World War One era]


    [Below: World War One era]


    [Below: World War One era. A group of Americans who had no business in Europe. The back of this is marked 'Lt. Robinson WWI'. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: The back of this is also marked 'Lt. Robinson WWI'. Click to enlarge!]


    [Below: World War One era. The next series of photos are quite grisly and dark... 'Dead Germans (Oise)'. Oise is a region in France that was occupied by the Germans from 1914-1917. It was especially ravaged by war, being the setting for the terrible 1918 offensives.]

    [Below: World War One era. 'After the advance - off. Verdun, 9th Nov.'. Of course, we all know Verdun and the terrible battles that were fought there. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Deadman's hill - Verdun 1916'. Wow, this is frightening... Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Part of the German Army - Off. of Verdun, Nov. 1918'. Another shot of the photo above but with a snide American comment. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. A bizarre photo. A skeleton still in his uniform. I think that is a gas mask cannister on his chest.]

    [Below: World War One era. What is this? A pile of naked dead bodies? Looks like some propaganda shot from WW2...]

    [Below: World War One era. A shot of a massive disabled German tank. These things were monsters!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Argonne - 1918 Shell exploding forest'. Note the dead body lying in the foreground. Here is a quote explaining the significance of this area: 'The Meuse–Argonne offensive was the largest in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers. It is also the deadliest battle in the history of the United States Army, resulting in over 350,000 casualties, including 28,000 German lives, 26,277 American lives and an unknown number of French lives.' Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'German Camp'. It is interesting to see the complexity of the fort and the beginning of a trench system. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'German Observation Balloon'. This is cool! Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Belleau Wood Amer Cemetery'. These men probably died during the Battle of Belleau Wood, which lasted from June 1st - June 26th 1918. It was fought during the German Spring Offensive and resulted in almost 20,000 casualties combined. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Germans in Belleau Woods'. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Von Hindenburg'. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Frenchs [sic] Tanks going into action'. Tanks? These don't look like tanks at all. More like armored cars. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'German Anti-Air-Craft Gun'. Damn, this looks pretty ferocious. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Rheims Cathedrale'. This cathedral was bombed on September 4, 1914 preceding the arrival of German troops. Historically, this cathedral was where the kings of France were consecrated. The Battle of Rheims, in 1918, was the last major German offensive during WWI and resulted in over 200,000 casualties on both sides combined. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. Another shot of the Rheims Cathedral. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Gas attack'. This looks beyond hellish. Almost 100,000 people died from poison gas during WWI. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Boches ready to be buried Chateau Thierry'. The Battle of Chateau-Thierry was fought on July 18, 1918 and was one of the first actions of the American Expeditionary Forces. There were over 7,000 casualties combined during this battle. The word 'Boches' is a French derogatory term for Germans. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Shell holes near Chateau-Thierry'. Look at all the crater holes! Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'German prisoners (Marne)'. The first battle of Marne was from September 6th-12th 1914 by the French and British against advancing Germans. There were a whopping half a million casualties of wounded and killed combined. Click to enlarge!]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Chevoncourt'. Whatever this was it was blown to shit.]

    [Below: World War One era. 'St Mihiel bridge Chevoncourt'. The Battle of Saint-Mihiel was from September 12-16th 1918. This was the first American led offensive in WWI. There were almost 30,000 casualties combined.]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Rheims. Town Hall'.]

    [Below: World War One era. 'Amer doughboys on review'. No one knows for sure why the term 'doughboys' was used to describe American soldiers.]