Crimea, 1942: Two German grenadiers (the one on the right, a sergeant) armed with the MP-38 SMG photographed shortly after receiving the Iron Cross 2nd Class for bravery. The medal can be seen hanging from a buttonhole on the sergeant's tunic and similarly for the other grenadier.
Because of his youthful appearance, Luftwaffe Major Erich Alfred Hartmann was nicknamed "Bubi" ("kid"). With over 350 confirmed aerial victories, he is undoubtedly the greatest fighter pilot in human history. He was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds, Germany's highest military decoration at the time. With Germany's defeat, he was charged with various war crimes and spent over ten years in Soviet POW camps. He was released in 1955, one of the last Heimkehrer.
Caption: "German soldiers man an MG 34 (Maschinengewehr 34) recoil-operated machine gun, taking cover on the side of a house in Rahachow during the German invasion of the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa). Rahachow, Gomel Region, Belarus, Soviet Union. July 1941. "
This is the complete frame of one of the most famous stills from the German side in World War II. It is one of several taken (along with newsreel film) on December 18, 1944 near Poteau, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. The men are smoking captured American cigarettes, and they are part of the 1st SS Panzer Division, Kampfgruppe Hansen. The man on the left is holding an FN High Power pistol, and is draped in a 7.92mm MG42 ammunition belt. He has been wrongly identified as Walter…