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SS Obersturmführer (lieutenant ) 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf". Presumably…

SS Obersturmführer (lieutenant ) 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf". Presumably…

Children from the Hitler Youth serving in the German Army at the last stages of WW2.  As Germany suffered more casualties, more teenagers volunteered and were accepted, initially as reserve troops but then as regulars. The German ethic of the boy soldier not only encouraged such service but towards the end of the war, the Germans even drafted boys as young as 12 into military service. These children saw extensive action and were among the fiercest and effective German defenders in the Battle…

Children from the Hitler Youth serving in the German Army at the last stages of WW2. As Germany suffered more casualties, more teenagers volunteered and were accepted, initially as reserve troops but then as regulars. The German ethic of the boy soldier not only encouraged such service but towards the end of the war, the Germans even drafted boys as young as 12 into military service. These children saw extensive action and were among the fiercest and effective German defenders in the Battle…

Camouflaged German 2 cm Flakvierling 38 anti-aircraft gun mounted atop a SdKfz. 7 half-track vehicle, immediately prior to Battle of Kursk, summer 1943

Camouflaged German 2 cm Flakvierling 38 anti-aircraft gun mounted atop a SdKfz. 7 half-track vehicle, immediately prior to Battle of Kursk, summer 1943

Hearts and minds: A German officer befriends a little girl somewhere in the Ukraine (?) during the early phases of Barbarossa. Hitler's war of annihilation robbed the German effort key morale elements as many populations in the USSR were vehement against the Stalinist dictatorship. German atrocities though quickly established the invaders as destroyers of the Motherland -- and it was downhill from that point on for the Nazis.

Hearts and minds: A German officer befriends a little girl somewhere in the Ukraine (?) during the early phases of Barbarossa. Hitler's war of annihilation robbed the German effort key morale elements as many populations in the USSR were vehement against the Stalinist dictatorship. German atrocities though quickly established the invaders as destroyers of the Motherland -- and it was downhill from that point on for the Nazis.

Machinegunner begins the fire instantly with MG 42, using the shoulder of his loader, against soviet infantry during the Battle of Kursk, July 1943. by World War 2 Photos, via Flickr

Machinegunner begins the fire instantly with MG 42, using the shoulder of his loader, against soviet infantry during the Battle of Kursk, July 1943. by World War 2 Photos, via Flickr

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