Wehrmacht soldiers taken captive by the Polish Army in September 1939 during the Defense War. Today it is difficult to determine the total number of German soldiers and officers who were taken prisoner by Polish soldiers from September 1 to the beginning of October 1939. It is estimated that during the Battle of Bzura alone, 4,000 Germans were sent to Polish captivity, but the obvious fact is that many of them are in the Polish captivity. American journalist Harrison Forman, who stayed in Warsaw in September 1939, working on his documentary, wrote about the conditions of detention of German prisoners: "Officers had separate rooms and received all due military honors, I must admit that initially I thought that a significant part all of these measures were taken specifically in connection with the chronicle I was shooting. "All suspicions quickly disappeared when one day I saw a platoon of Polish soldiers leading two German pilots down the street during an air raid on Warsaw accompanied by screams and hooting of the crowd. he followed them, waving his fists and throwing curses on the prisoners, and the crowd wanted to throw themselves on the pilots, but he was kept at a safe distance thanks to the bayonets of Polish soldiers. the olival corporal helped one of the injured pilots take off his shoes from the damaged leg. " (Harrison Forman. (1939). "Filming Blitzkreig." Journey, December 1939. Vol. 74 No. 2). Compared to the fate of Polish prisoners of war, Germans were treated decently by Poles. Often, German prisoners were released slowly towards their troops. The Polish prisoners of war, unfortunately, could not count on such magnanimity on the part of the Wehrmacht and SS who committed crimes against prisoners in 1939, not to mention bad treatment and harassment. They shot Polish POWs, blew them up, burned them alive in the barns. I also invite you to @_history_pl
The British A34 Comet —
In 1943 the British needed a new tank with a gun strong enough to take on the new German Panther and Tiger I (1) tanks. Upgrading it’s current tanks with bigger more powerful guns was out of the question as the turrets of the current tanks would be too small. The British also wanted this new tank to have a low-profile and be quick. The tank that would easily reach these requirements was the A43 Centurion. But the A43 was still in development and it would not be ready until 1945. The tank that was created to quickly meet these requirements and act as a “stop gap” until the A43 was ready was the A34 Comet. The A34 was very similar to the Cromwell chassis to help keep development and production quick. It had a bigger, 64.13 inch (162.9cm) turret ring to accommodate the bigger turret. The turret had 4 inches (102mm) of armour in the front, 2.5in (63.5mm) on the sides, 2.25in (57.2mm) in the rear, and 20mm (0.75in) on the top. The gun was a new 3in (76.2mm) high velocity gun. To avoid confusion with the American 76.2mm tank gun and the British 17 pounder (76.2mm) gun, the gun on the A34 was called the 77mm HV gun. This new gun that was fitted on the A34 was a modified version of the British 17pdr so it could fit in the small turret of the comet. This meant it had a reduced breech and recoil, which meant it had 10% of stopping power than the 17pdr. This gun was also found to be more accurate than the 17 pdr at long distances. It was still a very good gun that could take out the German Tiger I (1) tank in the right circumstances. There are also pictures of a few A34s 95mm gun, but these were most likely dummy guns on command tanks. There were plans for a CS (close support) version of the A34 with a 95mm gun but it never happened. There was an order for 3000 A34 comets but only 1186 were ever produced due to the end of the war. Only 26 were documented as lost in action. After the war the A43 Centurion tank replaced the A34 Comet and for the next 20 years many comets were used as training tanks and were sold off though the 1950s And 1960s. 1st photo is an A34 and the 2nd photo seems to have the dummy 95mm. #ww2tanksdaily#historiansunion
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Some mainstream misconceptions:
1. The Germans were evil/started the war.
2. All the fighting was trench warfare.
3. The Americans saved the day.
4. The British saved the French at the Marne.
5. It was just a European War.
6. Italy betrayed the Central Powers.
7. “Lions led by donkeys” (big one)
8. The Versailles Treaty was unnecessarily harsh.
9. The Entente were fighting for freedom.
10. The war was inevitable as it was.
11. Tanks played a huge role.
12. The war was lost on German soil.
13. No Mans Land was always a flat killing field.
14. The Battle of the Somme was the only battle that happened during WW1.
15. WW2 was inevitable because of the unfinished business of WW1.
16. The war was “boring”.
17. The Russians left the war in 1917.
18. Armies didn’t develop any new tactics during the war.
19. You were likely to die if you were in any of the armies during the war.
20. The war paved the way for democracy.
Some of these are technically true but wayyyy more complex than what people believe so its hardly the same statement. I used to believe most of these myself until I saw the light. I’ve covered most of these but will eventually cover all of them.
This image captured by an unidentified photographer during the chaotic and deadly First World War depicts a group of French cavalrymen as they look up at the sky to watch an airplane flying above them, a true sight of the old meeting the new. Image taken at an unidentified location on World War One's Western Front, circa 1916. This photo clearly illustrates what kind of direction that mankind was heading towards in warfare back then. When World War One began in 1914, the tactics practiced by the European armies would probably still have been at least somewhat familiar to military commanders of a century earlier: the troops still moved in mass, the artillery still fired direct over open sights, the cavalry still scouted the enemy and they often still exploited opportunities for breakthrough against enemy lines. The infantry for the most part wore simple cloth caps, carried their bolt-action rifles, and typically had only two of their new automatic “machine guns” per battalion. But by 1918, the equipment and tactics had been drastically transformed. The artillery fired indirect, spotted by forward observers (sometimes planes) or on map predicted fire against enemy targets found by trench raids or from the air. The cavalry themselves had become a mobile reserve, mostly just using their horses to quickly get to a point where reinforcements were needed then dismounting to fight on foot. The infantry had reliable steel helmets and dozens of machine guns per battalion, plus hand and rifle grenades and much more flexibility in both offense and defense. Tanks had gone from somewhat-unreliable novelties in 1916 to absolutely key assets for the destruction of the enemy, where they often created and exploited the breach in enemy lines that would have previously been impossible for horseriders to do. Aircraft also had turned from a handful of unarmed scouts to a specialized force able to destroy enemy aircraft, provide effective close air support, reconnaissance and even the beginnings of tactical and strategic bombing. These men themselves would be obsolete by the end of this conflict, and just by looking up at the sky they perhaps understood this.
December 5th, 1941: Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov launches a million man counteroffensive against the Germans in the Moscow perimeter ending Hitler’s chances of reaching the capitol. Zhukov’s offensive was in response to the Germans launching Operation Typhoon, the failed offensive of army Group Center to take the Russian capital of Moscow. Commander in Chief of German armed forces Walther von Braunchitsch and Chief of Staff Franz Halder had promised Hitler the capture of Moscow and capitulation of all soviet resistance within a span of 4 months. This unrealistic time table, along with a host of other factors including moving Operation Barbarossa to late June, the diversion of army Group center’s manpower and resources for Army Groups North and South, and the bitter soviet resistance in Smolensk had made the 4 month objective impossible. So on October 2nd, 1941, Operation Typhoon was launched. Fedor von Bock, Commander of Army Group Center, was tasked with the all important objective of capturing Moscow. Russian weather and climate had other ideas. The first natural obstacle of Rasputitsa, a month long season of heavy rain that muddied the roads and turned them into quagmires. Vehicles, wagons, and horses would sink in the deep mud which clogged up the tracks of tanks and grinded the well oiled machine of mechanized warfare to a halt. The most important and infamous event was not the rain but the brutal Russian winter. The entire army Group was frozen and ill equipped to continue the fight.⬇️⬇️⬇️#history#historiansunion#color#guns#russia#2ndamendment#winter#camo#soldier#russian#army#airforce#germany#ww2#battle#moscow#art#photography#vintage#military#photooftheday#tank#panzer#blitzkrieg#city
🌗 A dramatized painting of the First Battle of Ypres in 1914. This battle was fought between the German army and the defending BEF (British Expeditionary Forces), the Belgian and French armies. The results of the battle were indesicive with the Germans losing (wounded, MIA, dead) 46,765 soldiers while the combines allied forces lost 58,155.
"Ella es frenética, está corriendo siempre.
Puede que un día la hayas visto madrugar.
Pero de noche no hay un alma que la acueste.
Se emborracha fácilmente, siempre encuentra abierto un bar.
Ella es caótica, cercana y orgullosa
Te hará pensar que baila sólo para tí.
Puede ser que la conozcas, si te digo que su nombre es Madrid." No hay forma mejor de describir la ciudad que como lo hace @marwanoficial .
Top 10 Generals of the First World War
9) Louis Franchet d’Espèrey
General Louis Franchet d’Esperey was a French commander who served in active field during the First World War on the Western and Balkan Fronts. His participation in the war began as a commander of I Corps which was a part of General Lanrezac’s Fifth Arms at Charleroi. After d’Esperey’s success in defending the Fifth Army and disrupting the German Schlieffen Plan, he was made commander of the Fifth Army replacing Lanrezac. He led the Fifth Army in the First Battle of the Marne in September 1914. After the victory there he was promoted as commander of the Eastern Army Group on the Western Front.
General d’Esperey was defeated by the German side on the Chemin des Dames in May 1918 and he was sent to lead the polygon Allied armies in Macedonia. It was there the he gained the decisive victory that forced Bulgaria out of the war during September 1918, which opened the road to Vienna for the Allies. After that he led a bold attempt to the Danube, which caused the collapse of the demoralized German side sent back from Russia and surrender of Hungary. In 1921, he was made a marshal of France and in 1934 was elected to the French Academy.~Erwin
Artur Axmann, leader (Reichsjugendführer) of the Hitler Youth (Hitlerjugend), redecorating Willi Hübner, a 16-year-old messenger with the Führer Grenadier Division.
Hübner was first awarded Eisernes Kreuz 2 Klasse (Iron Cross 2nd Class) by Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph P. Goebbels in Lauban. At 16, he was one of the youngest recipients of the award.
One day after he was flown to Berlin, given a new uniform, redecorated by Artur Axmann, and was told to wait to meet Hitler. On 20th March 1945 there was an award ceremony in the gardens of the Reichskanzlei in Berlin for members of the Hitlerjugend who had distinguished themselves in combat. The footage from this event is very famous, as is the last known footage of Hitler to be recorded.
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A Convair YB-58 'Hustler' with an under-attached GE J93 turbojet engine at Edwards Air Force Base, California, ca. 1959.
The Convair B-58 is the first operational jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight. Designed and developed for service in the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the 'Hustler' used a delta wing with four General Electric J79 engines in underwing pods and was able to carry five nuclear weapons; four on pylons under the wings and one in a combination bomb/fuel pod under the fuselage, rather than in an internal bomb bay. Replacing the Boeing B-47 Stratojet medium bomber, it was originally intended to fly at high altitudes and supersonic speeds to avoid Soviet fighters. The B-58 was notorious for its sonic boom, which was often heard by the public as it passed overhead in supersonic flight. The introduction of highly-accurate Soviet surface-to-air missiles forced the B-58 into a low-level penetration role that severely limited its range and strategic value, and it was never employed to deliver conventional bombs. This resulted in a brief operational career between 1960 and 1970 when the B-58 was succeeded by the smaller, swing-wing FB-111A.
🔥🔥Giveaway in progress! 🔥🔥 Check aut my post from yesterday! 🔥🔥 📍77 years ago, on thursday December 11. 1941. Adolf Hitler delivers a speech at the Kroll Opera House to the men of the Reichstag on the subject of Roosevelt and the war in the Pacific, declaring war on the United States.
The decision to declare war was made by Adolf Hitler, apparently offhand, almost without consultation. Later that day, the United States declared war on Germany.
Hitler's deeply-held racial prejudices made him see the US as a decadent bourgeois democracy filled with people of mixed race, a population heavily under the influence of Jews and "Negroes", with no history of authoritarian discipline to control and direct them, interested only in luxury and living the "good life" while dancing, drinking and enjoying "negrofied" music. Big mistake! Source Bullock, Alan (1962) Hitler: A Study in Tyranny London: Penguin. pp.661-64
Photo Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1987-0703-507
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