Destruction of Germany During and After the War
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Beginning on the night of February 13, 1945, more than 1,200 heavy bombers dropped nearly 4,000 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs on the city in four successive raids. An estimated 25,000 people were killed in the bombings and the firestorm that raged afterward. More than 75,000 dwellings were destroyed, along with unique monuments of Baroque architecture in the historic city center. The scale of the death and destruction, coming so late in the war, along with significant questions about the legitimacy of the targets destroyed have led to years of debate about whether the attack was justified.
Surrounded by his captors, a Luftwaffe bomber crewman is given a drink of water from a British soldier’s water bottle, after baling out of his aircraft, August 30,1940.
These young German soldiers, likely taken directly from the rank of a local Hitler Youth group, were captured somewhere outside of Leipzig Germany in May of 1945.
Hermann Göring on what appears to be a subsequent day after his surrendered, sitting down with Major Paul Kubala from U.S. forces.
A group of POW’s in a bomb crater at a the POW Camp at Sinzsig, Germany. One of the prisoners is shown making potato soup, which is the most popular dish of the camp. Several types of living quarters are also shown.
POW camp for women at Sinzig, Germany.
U.S. Army feeding the POWs.
Soviet soldiers moving leftovers in Berlin.
An American infantryman confronts a surrendering German in the town of Illy in the French Ardennes region. September 1944.
7th of June 1944.
Lower Normandy, France.
Members of 2. Panzer Division surrender.
Captured German parachute troops file past a Sherman tank of the New Zealand 4th Armoured Brigade at Cassino, 16 March 1944.
German POWs being escorted along one of the Gold area beaches, Normandy. 6 June 1944.
American officer gives water to an injured soldat.
Surrender At The Elbe River,1945.
US troops inspect an abandoned Sturmtiger of Sturm-Mörser-Kompanie 1002 near Calbe, Germany, April 1945.
Captured German generals, May 1945.
Luftwaffe officer entering captivity in England.
U-Boat officers after being captured.
German prisoners of war.
US Army 2nd Infantry Division guard with German prisoners near Schoneseiffen, Germany 1945.
Captive young German soldiers of the 12th SS Panzer Division -Hitlerjugend under the escort of the Military Police of the 3rd U.S. Army. These guys were captured in December of 1944 during the operation in the Ardennes – January 7, 1945.
Young soldiers captured by 6th Armored Division,1945.
White Flag Alley, Cologne 1945.
1945 Norway, elements of the Panzer Brigade Norwegen capitulate to the British troops.
Black and White Photos
A captured dump of German landmines.
Panzer IV turret, Berlin ruins 1945.
Aachen tram, 1944.
The gold treasure in German salt mines Kaiserode, 1945, Bavaria.
The Reichstag after the conquest of the Red Army. Berlin, May 2, 1945.
Ruins of Ludwigshafen,Germany 1945.
A panoramic view of the city of Cologne,1945.
Aerial view of Ludendorff Bridge March,1945.
Aerial photo of the bombed out Focke-Wulf Factory at Marienburg, Germany.
Aerial photo of the bombed out and on fire oil refinery in Hamburg, Germany 1944.
Aerial view of Arnsberg destroyed viaduct Hustener Strasse, March 1945.
Aerial view of the ruins of the IG Farbenindustrie Synthetic Chemical Plant in Ludwigshafen.
Bombed Klockner Humboldt Factory at Köln.
Bombed railroad yard near Köln.
Bremen aerial view Hochbunker F97 Hans Bockler Strasse,1945.
Floating Dock No. 5 at Deschimags Bremen U-Boat Yard.
München aerial view Residenz Feldherrenhalle Hofgarten May 1944.
Ruins of Hildesheim aerial view Binderstrasse Thega St. Andreas 1945.
Wreckage of pre-fabricated u-boat sections in the Submarine Yards at Hamburg 1945.
Tiergarten Flak tower, Berlin 1945.
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