Dutch soldiers on ice-skates, 1940
The Waterline was a defensive line made up of dykes, flooded land and moats designed to protect the Netherlands from western attacks. The original Old Hollandic Waterline dated back to the 17th Century. It was rebuilt in the 19th Century after the Napoleonic wars and again modernised after WWI. During Winter soldiers would skate over the ice to pursue a retreating enemy.
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Now that’s just about the coolest fuckin’ thing I’ve ever seen
A rare moment of compassion is shown at the Battle of Stalingrad. A German soldier tends to a wounded Russian woman and shelters her infant a German trench. Marked by constant close quarters combat and disregard for military and civilian casualties by both sides, it was among the bloodiest battles of the war. In all, the battle resulted in an estimated total of 1.7 million to 2 million Axis and Soviet casualties. Stalingrad (Volgograd), Volgograd Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. October 1941.
Soviet Guard Captain Konstantin Matveyevich Bobeshko, battery commander of the 26th Guards Artillery Regiment, 17th Guards Rifle Division of the 39th Army, swiftly changes direction into the line of enemy Axis fire during the Second Rzhev-Sychevka Offensive Operation on the Kalinin Front. Bobeshko distinguished himself in battles during the war, single-handedly knocking out seven German tanks. He was later proclaimed a Hero of the Soviet Union. Near Rzhev, Tver Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union. 4 June 1942. Image taken by Mikhail Trakhman.
Yeah… pretty much the same
Is that Jerzy Sikorski?
English Channel Yields Rare WWII Find
During the week of June 12th, 2013, Britain’s RAF Museum recovered the wreckage of a German Luftwaffe bomber from the depths of the English Channel, more than 70 years after it was shot down during the Battle of Britain.
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