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On V.E. day 1945, an American controlled airbase had planned an American military parade with an American aviation flyover.
While they were waiting suddenly Luftwaffe Ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel and his squadron of Stukas and 190's flew over. Rudel had decided he was going to surrender to the Americans rather than the Soviets. So he had contacted the American Air traffic control and warned them he was on his way to surrender so not to be alarmed, nor open fire.
But... The Yank-controlled aerodrome didn't get the message. So consequently when instead of the anticipated flight of unarmed Yank 'Thunderbolt' planes, a squadron containing easily identifiable dreaded Stukas flew over, there was some panic and many American soldiers started to run for cover fearing this was a final act of war.
Hans-Ulrich Rudel and his squad flew over the parade and then proceeded to crash land all their planes on the runway so that they did not deliver usable planes/weaponry.
Rudel spoke excellent English and refused to vacate his crashed plane until after a commanding officer had arrived to accept his surrender and escort him to the barracks. And when he walked past the remaining assembled men on parade with his one remaining leg and crutches, he thanked them and their Commanding Officer for the grand reception! :)

What a great way to end his exemplary war record of distinguished combat.


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Fri May 15, 2020 10:18 pm
On V.E. day 1945, an American controlled airbase had planned an American military parade with an American aviation flyover.
While they were waiting suddenly Luftwaffe Ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel and his squadron of Stukas and 190's flew over. Rudel had decided he was going to surrender to the Americans rather than the Soviets. So he had contacted the American Air traffic control and warned them he was on his way to surrender so not to be alarmed, nor open fire.
But... The Yank-controlled aerodrome didn't get the message. So consequently when instead of the anticipated flight of unarmed Yank 'Thunderbolt' planes, a squadron containing easily identifiable dreaded Stukas flew over, there was some panic and many American soldiers started to run for cover fearing this was a final act of war.
Hans-Ulrich Rudel and his squad flew over the parade and then proceeded to crash land all their planes on the runway so that they did not deliver usable planes/weaponry.
Rudel spoke excellent English and refused to vacate his crashed plane until after a commanding officer had arrived to accept his surrender and escort him to the barracks. And when he walked past the remaining assembled men on parade with his one remaining leg and crutches, he thanked them and their Commanding Officer for the grand reception! :)

What a great way to end his exemplary war record of distinguished combat.

Great photos thanks.


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“A German soldier of Panzer-Grenadier-Division Großdeutschland lets a kitten play with the magazine belt of an MG-34 machine gun in the compartment of a Sd.Kfz. 250A light half-track. Russia, 1942.

Cats have long had a place in war as ship's cats or dugout mousers or the mascots of fighting groups. Countless times, too, they've been adopted by soldiers who find them left behind in war zones, their human families put to flight or worse. These cats were often held as mascots, and played an important part in keeping morale high.

From ancient Egypt and Persia to Europe in World War II, cats were also used in warfare as gas detectors and early warning systems for bombs. In World War I, the British army employed upwards of 500,000 cats as ratters and also as mobile gas detectors.”

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Kiestinki (Kestenga), Loukhsky District, Karelia, Finland. August-September 1941.

A shared interest.
A German soldier, a Soviet POW and a Finnish TK-man pose for a photograph where they all have their cameras.

N.B. TK stands for Tiedotuskomppania (Information company) which were Finnish propaganda troops.
Karelia is a province of Finland which Finland partly ceded to Russia after the Winter War of 1939–40.


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Wehrmach soldiers search surrendering Polish soldiers on Grochowska Street, during the siege of Warsaw in September 1939.

The photo shows the German soldiers' equipment rather well.

E.g. The long bag on the soldier on the right contains poles for a tent.

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Photo of a Heinkel He 111’s waist gunner manning a 7.92mm MachineGun 15. Colouring by: In colore veritas

After an unexpected high number of losses during the Polish Campaign of 1939, in 1940 the He 111’s defensive armament was increased to a new total of 5 defensive MachineGuns with the addition of two waist MachineGun 15s.

Due to the lack of space there was only one waist gunner operating both the port, starboard and downward-facing machine guns. This restriction made defending the aircraft against simultaneous attacks from port, starboard and below an impossible task.

Below him is the ventral Machine Gun position where by lying face-down the gunner could shoot at enemy planes flying behind and below the HE111.
That place surrounded by glass tiles was nicknamed „Schneewittchen-Sarg“, (Snow White-Coffin).

The gunner in this photo is rather unusually wearing the standard issue 'stahlhelm' which was not standard equipment for flight crews. so he probably borrowed it from someone on the ground for extra protection. Few other photos of crewmen wearing them exist.

Heinkel He 111

The Heinkel He 111 was a German bomber aircraft designed by Siegfried and Walter Günter at Heinkel Flugzeugwerke in 1934.
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