May 21, 1941: two spitfires photograph the mighty german battleship "Bismarck" sailing from Gotenhafen (Gydnia) in the Baltic Sea, from an altitude of 25,000 ft. Aerial reconnaissance was a very difficult and risky task at that time. Seven days later, employing its resources at full, the British fleet sank the Bismarck in the North Sea. In the picture, the Bismarck is seen accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen.
Cloche. The Maginot Line, named after the French Minister of War André Maginot, was a line of concrete fortifications, tank obstacles, artillery casemates, machine gun posts, and other defenses, which France constructed along its borders with Germany and Italy, in light of its experience in World War I, and in the run-up to World War II. Respect!
Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13/R11, (Wk Nr. 836017) ,"Yellow 10," from 1./JG 26 as flown by Major Franz Götz. Captured at Flensberg in May 1945, this aircraft was designated RAF USA 14, and shipped to the USA on HMS Reaper. It was then numbered USAAF FE-118, later T2-118. Previously with the Champlin Air Museum in Arizona, this aircraft has been restored and is on display in the Flying Heritage Collection, Paine Field, Everett, Washington. (Bzuk Photo)
On 4 May 1945 at Lüneburg Heath, near Hamburg, Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery accepted the unconditional surrender of the German forces in the Netherlands, in northwest Germany including all islands, and in Denmark and all naval ships in those areas.