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The Rise of Germany, 1939-1941: The War in the West, Volume 1

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For seven decades, our understanding of World War II has been shaped by a standard narrative built on conventional wisdom, propaganda, the dramatic but narrow experiences of soldiers on the ground, and an early generation of historians. For his new history, James Holland has spent over twelve years unearthing new research, recording original testimony, and visiting battlefields and archives that have never before been so accessible. In The Rise of Germany, the first of a major new three-part history of World War II in the West, he weaves together the experiences of dozens of individuals, from civilians and infantrymen, to line officers, military strategists, diplomats, and heads of state, as well as war strategy, tactics, and the economic, political, and social aspects of the war to create a captivating book that redefines and enhances our understanding of one of the most significant conflicts in history. Beginning with the lead-up to the outbreak of war in 1939 and ending in 1941 on the eve of Operation Barbarossa, the Nazi invasion of Russia, The Rise of Germany is a masterful history of the war on land, in the air, and at sea, destined to generate significant scholarly debate and reader interest.

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Update 12-10-2015 : New Pictures Added to the Website

Scherl Bilderdienst Eine einzigartige Leistung vollbrachten unsere Truppen bei der Besetzung der Insel Kreta. Am Morgen des 20. Mai landeten die ersten Fallschirmjäger und im Laufe der nächsten Tage wurden immer weitere und größere Verbände Fallschirmjäger und Luftlandetruppen nachgezogen. Der Kampf um die schwer befestigten britischen Gebirgsstellungen erforderte bei unseren Gebirgstruppen, die mit Transportmaschinen nach Kreta befördert wurden, den höchsten Einsatz. - Unser Bild zeigt Gebirgsjäger kurz vor ihrem Start nach Kreta. PK-Jesse 31.5.1941 [Herausgabedatum] Start n. Kreta. Geb.-Jäger vor dem Start nach Kreta

New Pictures have been added to the Website:

  • Movies
  • Veteran Soldats Past and Present
  • Re-Enacting and Events
  • Replica Uniforms made for Reenacting or Collecting
  • Norwegian Campaign
  • Eastern Front
  • Operation Barbarossa – Invasion of the Soviet Union
  • German Heer (Army)
  • Orders of Battle – Heer Divisions including Heavy Panzer Battalions
  • Jagdtiger
  • Hetzer
  • Hummel – Self-propelled Artillery
  • Specialized Vehicles or Odd Devices and Equipment
  • Luftwaffe Varied Plane Types
  • Deutsches Panzermuseum – German Tank Museum
  • The Tank Museum (Formerly Bovington Tank Museum) – England
  • Baugnez 44 Historical Center – Belgium
  • Luftwaffe Officers
  • Historic Figures of German History
  • Bundeswehr
  • Leopard 2 – Modern Main Battle Tank
  • Bundeswehr Vehicles
  • Fuhrer Adolf Hitler
  • Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler
  • Leading Figures of Nazi Germany
  • Third Reich War Industry

New Page has been added to the website:

  • Otto von Bismarck

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Update 11-5-2015 : New Pictures Added to the Website

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New Pictures have been added to the Website:

• Re-Enacting and Events
• Replica Uniforms made for Reenacting or Collecting
• Family Photos from the Wars of German History
• My Museum Collection of Memorabilia
• Models and Toys
• German Heer (Army)
• Foreign Troops in the Wehrmacht
• Destruction of Germany During and After the War
• Panzer VIII Maus
• Tiger 1
• Panther
• Tiger 2 – Konigstiger, Bengal Tiger, King Tiger, Royal Tiger
• Panzer IV
• Panzer III
• StuG IV
• Elefant
• Pak Anti-Tank Guns – 37 MM Pak 36, 50 MM Pak 38, and 75 MM Pak 40
• Specialized Vehicles or Odd Devices and Equipment
• Luftwaffe 1935-1946
• Deutsches Panzermuseum – German Tank Museum
• Oorlogsmuseum Museum – Overloon, Netherlands
• Paintings & Art
• World War 2 Propaganda
• Deutsche Marine – German Navy
• World War 2 Field Marshalls
• Field Marshall Erwin Rommel
• World War 2 Generals
• Memorials
• SS – Schutzstaffel
• Nazi German Organizations

New Pages have been added to the Website:

• Bastogne Ardennes 44 Museum
• Bastogne Barracks – Belgium
• Bérismenil Museum History 44 – Belgium
• 101st Airborne Museum Le Mess – Bastogne, Belgium

Enjoy!

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Germany Catches Royal Wedding Fever

Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg pose after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011.  The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.    REUTERS/Paul Schirnhofer/Haus Hohenzollern/Handout  (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS)
Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg pose after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011. The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony.

Hundreds – not thousands – lined the streets and until they tied the knot the happy couple weren’t exactly household names.
But, while it wasn’t on a par with William and Kate’s big day, this is the closest Germany comes to a royal wedding.
When Prince Georg Friedrich Ferdinand of Prussia married Princess Sophie of Isenburg it was like their country had stepped back in time.

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Big day: Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg pose for wedding pictures.

Prince Georg is the great-great-grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who ruled his country until the monarchy was abolished in 1918.

And while their family’s role may now be long-defunct, this ‘royal’ wedding has rekindled interest in them among Germans.
The couple – who both work as consultants in Berlin – were married in a church in Potsdam, outside the capital, the former seat of the prince’s family.

Sealed with a kiss: The prince, 35, and 35-year-old princess, who both work as consultants in Berlin, embrace.
Sealed with a kiss: The prince, 35, and 35-year-old princess, who both work as consultants in Berlin, embrace.

After Saturday’s ceremony, they travelled by horse-drawn carriage to Sanssouci Palace for a dinner and ball. Several hundred onlookers lined the streets outside of the church to see them, despite the couple’s attempts to keep it low-key.The 33-year-old bride wore a dress designed by Wolfgang Joop, and a diamond tiara belonging to her family.The 35-year-old groom was dressed in a top hat and tails.

Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg set off in a horse drawn carriage after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011.  The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.    REUTERS/Paul SchirnhoferHaus Hohenzollern/Handout   (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS) THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg set off in a horse drawn carriage after their religious wedding ceremony in Potsdam August 27, 2011. The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.
CORRECTS  RELATIONSHIP OF GEORG FRIEDRICH TO GREAT-GREAT-GRANDSON - Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia , right, and  Princess Sophie  of Isenburg drive in a horse-drawn carriage in front of  Sanssouci  palace  after their wedding ceremony  in the church in Potsdam, Saturday Aug. 27, 2011. The Prince of Prussia is is the current head of the Imperial House of Hohenzollern, the former ruling dynasty of the German Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia. He is the great-great-grandson and historic heir of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, who was deposed and, initially, went into exile upon Germany's defeat in the Great War in 1918. ( AP Photo/dapd/ Klaus-Dietmar Gabbert)
Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia , right, and Princess Sophie of Isenburg drive in a horse-drawn carriage in front of Sanssouci palace after their wedding ceremony in the church in Potsdam, Saturday Aug. 27, 2011. The Prince of Prussia is is the current head of the Imperial House of Hohenzollern, the former ruling dynasty of the German Empire and of the Kingdom of Prussia. He is the great-great-grandson and historic heir of Wilhelm II, the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, who was deposed and, initially, went into exile upon Germany’s defeat in the Great War in 1918.

Yesterday’s event was broadcast live on local public TV, sparking protest from members of the former communist Left party, and was splashed across the pages of newspapers and glossy magazines.Yet it was a far cry from the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton earlier this year which was broadcast live worldwide and attracted 750 million viewers, including millions in Germany.Prince Georg and Princess Sophie also held a civil ceremony on Friday.From 1871, the Kings of Prussia also served as German Emperors, with Wilhelm II being the last. He abdicated in 1918, following World War I, and the German monarchy was dismantled.

POTSDAM, GERMANY - AUGUST 27:  Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Prussia leave their religious wedding ceremony in the Friedenskirche Potsdam on August 27, 2011 in Potsdam, Germany.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
POTSDAM, GERMANY – AUGUST 27: Georg Friedrich Ferdinand Prince of Prussia and Princess Sophie of Prussia leave their religious wedding ceremony in the Friedenskirche Potsdam on August 27, 2011 in Potsdam, Germany.

Descendants of German royal families still carry their titles, although they have no meaning and are legally considered part of their names. Until now Germans little interest in their own aristocrats, but many ardently follow the royal houses of their European neighbours – including Britain’s.

A horse falls while waiting outside the Church of Peace in the grounds of Sanssouci Palace, during the religious wedding ceremony for Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg in Potsdam August 27, 2011.  The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.    REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY - Tags: ROYALS)
A horse falls while waiting outside the Church of Peace in the grounds of Sanssouci Palace, during the religious wedding ceremony for Prince Georg Frederich of Prussia and Princess Sophie von Isenburg in Potsdam August 27, 2011. The 35-year-old head of the House of Hohenzollern and great great grandson of Kaiser Wilhelm II married Princess Sophie, 33, in a civil ceremony on Thursday.
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Armored Champion

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Armored Champion: The Top Tanks of World War II

By Steven J. Zaloga

Armor expert Zaloga enters the battle over the best tanks of World War II with this heavy-caliber blast of a book armed with more than forty years of research.

  • Provocative but fact-based rankings of the tanks that fought the Second World War
  • Breaks the war into eight periods and declares Tanker’s Choice and Commander’s Choice for each
  • Champions include the German Panzer IV and Tiger, Soviet T-34, American Pershing, and a few surprises
  • Compares tanks’ firepower, armor protection, and mobility as well as dependability, affordability, tactics, training, and overall combat performance
  • Relies on extensive documentation from archives, government studies, and published sources–much of which has never been published in English before
  • Supported by dozens of charts and diagrams and hundreds of photos
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Luftwaffe X-Planes

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Showcases more than 200 innovative aircraft designed and tested by the Luftwaffe but never put into production.

By Manfred Griehl

From jet planes and high altitude aircraft to radar-equipped fighters configured to deliver chemical weapons, numerous Luftwaffe planes reached the prototype stage but never made it into mass production or battle. Luftwaffe X-Planes reveals the remarkable range of secret craft that the Third Reich failed to complete, including the BV 239 flying boat, the remote-controlled “Fritz X”, and variants of such famous planes as Messerschmitt Bf 109.

The 200-plus aircraft showcased here in more than 340 images represent a high point in aviation technology as envisioned by such makers as Focke-Wulf, Junkers, and Heinkel. Had these innovative projects ever been realized, the course of the World War II could have been dramatically different.

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