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Rarely Seen Pictures From Second World War: Part 2

German Stuka Dive bombers roar in the Russian skies. Early days of Barbarossa

American paratroopers. Why the hair-cut, anybody?

Chinese soldier. The man looks puny, unlike the strong, tall soldiers of the Chinese army today

Japanese soldiers in action in China

French fighter pilots. Must be from the Free France air force

The man could walk into any Hollywood picture
German paratroopers. Smart uniform

Nazi anti-Soviet propaganda poster. No wonder the German soldiers fought so ferociously till the end.

SS men getting acquainted with the machine-gun


Did it fall off a train?
Japanese pilots getting a send-off before a mission. Kamikaze?

Japanese soldiers in action

Japanese soldiers with a range-finder

Japanese soldiers in the streets of Shanghai

Japanese tanks trundle through China
German general Dietl. Having a good time with the ladies? The man died in an air-crash in 1943


A convinced Nazi and one of Hitler's favorite generals, he was the first German soldier to receive, on 19 June 1940, the oak leaves cluster to the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.

Dietl commanded German forces in Norway and northern Finland and in Eastern Europe and rose to the rank of Generaloberst (equivalent to a US four-star general), commanding the 20th Mountain Army on the northern Eastern Front, where the results of the German Arctic campaign were disappointing. On June 23, 1944, Ju 52 aircraft carrying Dietl crashed in the vicinity of the small village of Rettenegg, Styria; there were no survivors.


1944. Ruins of German column in Odessa. Must have been strafed by the Russian air force

Had a bad landing

Russian troops move in Odessa. 1944

Russian soldiers in Poland. 1944
And last of all: Stalingrad


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