Wehrmacht

Story behind a famous Stalingrad photograph

It’s an image you have seen thousands of times while searching or viewing media from the Battle of Stalingrad. However do you know who this officer is? And why one of his award is broken? Meet … Friedrich Winkler. Friedrich Konrad Winkler was born on August 22, 1909 in Worms, Germany. He was a professional soldier …

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Bunker SK1 in which the museum is located

Visiting Bunker Museum Antwerpen – Atlantikwall Museum

Many people don’t know this, not even much Belgians, however there’s something unique to be found in Wilrijk, Belgium. In Park den Brandt (Wilrijk, Antwerp) a whole bunker village can be found and every first week-end of the month one of them opens up. The museum is to be found in one of SK1 Bunkers and …

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Paul Kowalski as Helmut Böttger

“Wir Waren Kameraden” upcoming WWII movie based on a German soldier

“Wir Waren Kameraden” is a new upcoming World War II movie based on the true story of a German soldier, Helmut Böttger. Böttger, now 92 years old, fought during World War II in the Luftwaffe before ending up in the Heer (Wehrnacht). The movie is based on the experiences of Böttger and will depict his service from 1943, …

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"Hans Ulrich Rudel and his Stuka" diorama created by Bjørn Jacobsen

Some of the most Captivating War Dioramas

Invented in the 1820s by Louis Daguerre and Charles Marie Bouton, of daguerreotype photography fame, the diorama is a three-dimensional model of a realistic scene, frequently displayed against a painted background. Dioramas have been utilized to portray wildlife in natural habitats, historic events, famous battles, landscapes, or simply scenes of everyday life. The dioramas we will …

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Making war necessary destruction.

Liberation & War Destruction in unseen photographs

Argunners Magazine published a series of amazing WWII photographs recently uncovered from the archives of General Charles Day Palmer, who was a four-star General. Most of the photographs were confidential photographs taken by the U.S. Signal Corps not fit for publication, Brig. Gen. was allowed to have them for private use after censoring (names of places etc.). …

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Troops of the German Wehrmacht in front of Stalingrad, Winter 1942. (Credits: Bundesarchiv)

Unternehmen Wintergewitter: Manstein’s Effort to Rescue the 6th Army at Stalingrad

Stalingrad should never have happened. That is, the siege that trapped and destroyed the German Sixth Army was avoidable. But, through a combination of strategic dithering, tactically idiotic orders, and overconfidence, instead of attacking Stalingrad in the beginning of summer 1942 when the city was vulnerable, Sixth Army did not attack until late August when …

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SdKfz 250 & SdKfz 7 Pulled out of the River in Amazing state

Over the days a Sonderkraftfahrzeug 250 & Sonderkraftfahrzeug 7 were pulled and recovered out of the Pilica river in an amazing state by the Museum of Military Technology in Chrcynno, Poland. This mission was finally executed after a long period of preparations, hundreds of hour spent writing the required paper work. The vehicles will be presented in the …

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INTERVIEW: ‘Oder Front’ series Author A. Stephan Hamilton

‘Oder Front’ author A. Stephan Hamilton takes on the ultimate researcher’s challenge – Berlin during the chaotic final months of the Second World War. Here, we take a closer look at how Volume 2 is set to break new ground – examining the operational-level detail of the German defence of the Oderfront between January and …

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