Update: New Pictures Added to the Website 6-13-14

New Pictures have been added to the Pages:

Replica Uniforms made for Reenacting or Collecting

Luftwaffe Varied Plane Types

Tiger 1 Replica

Focke-Wulf Fw 190

Junkers Ju 87 Stuka Dive Bomber

General Heinz Guderian

SS

Tiger 1

Luftwaffe – After WW2

Panther

Oorlogsmuseum Museum – Overloon, Netherlands

Field Marshall Erwin Rommel

 

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Germans launch V-1 rocket attack against Britain

Jun 13, 1944:

Germans launch V-1 rocket attack against Britain

On this day in 1944, Germany launches 10 of its new V1 rockets against Britain from a position near the Channel coast. They prove to be less than devastating.

Mired in the planning stages for a year, the V1 was a pilotless, jet-propelled plane that flew by air-driven gyroscope and magnetic compass, capable of unleashing a ton of cruise missile explosives. Unfortunately for the Germans, the detonation process was rather clumsy and imprecise, depending on the impact of the plane as the engine quit and the craft crash-landed. They often missed their targets.

This was certainly the case against Britain. Of the 10 V1, or Reprisal 1, “flying bombs” shot at England, five crashed near the launch site, and one was lost altogether—just four landed inside the target country. Only one managed to take any lives: Six people were killed in London. The Germans had hoped to also mount a more conventional bombing raid against Britain at the same time the V1s were hitting their targets—in the interest of heightening the “terror” effect. This too blew up in their faces, as the Brits destroyed the German bombers on the ground the day before as part of a raid on German airfields.

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Kaiser Wilhelm concludes meeting with Archduke Franz Ferdinand


Jun 13, 1914:

Kaiser Wilhelm concludes meeting with Archduke Franz Ferdinand

On June 13, 1913, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany leaves Konopischt, Bohemia (today the Czech Republic), the hunting lodge and country estate of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary, after a weekend visit.

Although Wilhelm had ostensibly come to admire the lavish gardens at Konopischt, the reality was that he and Franz Ferdinand wanted to discuss Austria-Hungary’s insecurities about the tenuous balance of power in the tumultuous Balkan region. In 1908, the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary had annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina, formally still a province of the Ottoman Empire, and populated not only by Bosnians but also by Croats and Serbs. Serbia reacted angrily to the annexation, reasoning that if Bosnia were not under Turkish rule, it should be governed by Serbia. After two successful Balkan Wars—and enjoying support from the Russian empire, the other great European power in the region apart from Austria-Hungary—Serbia had emerged as a more powerful and ambitious nation than ever before, thus threatening the position of the Dual Monarchy, already in decline.

Historical evidence exists to suggest that Franz Ferdinand, at the behest of Austrian Emperor Franz Josef, was intending to extract a promise from Wilhelm (similar to a pledge the kaiser had made in November 1912) that Germany would back Austria unconditionally in the case of a confrontation with Serbia. Wilhelm resisted making such a commitment at the time, however, as he disagreed as to the extent of the Serbian threat. Also at the meeting, the two leaders discussed which Balkan nation should be wooed as their main ally in the region.

Though the Austrian government preferred Bulgaria, Serbia’s opponent in the Second Balkan War of 1913, Franz Ferdinand, along with the Germans, favored Romania, despite the latter country’s clash with the Magyars (Hungary’s majority population) over their oppressive rule in Transylvania, ethnically Romanian but part of Hungary. Franz Ferdinand detested the Magyars, and resented the weakness that forced Austria to partner with Hungary in government of the empire. Wilhelm was more inclined to negotiate with the Hungarian prime minister, Istvan Tisza; at Konopischt, he and Franz Ferdinand discussed the possibility of persuading Tisza to look more favorably on an alliance with Romania.

The meeting of June 12-13, 1914, at Konopischt was not, by any means, a war council. Both Wilhelm and Franz Ferdinand—though anxious over the situation in the Balkans and fearful of Serbian and Russian aggression—had up to that point been voices of restraint among their more belligerent colleagues in the government and military of the two nations. Some historians have argued that if the two men had continued to work together to pursue their common aims, the Great War of 1914 might never have happened. Two weeks later, however, on June 28, Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were killed by a young Serbian nationalist during a diplomatic visit to Bosnia. Vienna, along with most of the world’s capitals, blamed Serbia. Kaiser Wilhelm was stunned, saddened and outraged. Barely a month later, Europe was at war.

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How to View Pictures One at a Time

How to View Pictures One at a Time

  1. Go to the Page
  2. You will see a bunch of pictures in a Mosaic
  3. Just Click on any of them
  4. You then can View them one at a time using the Arrow Button to go to the Next One!!
  5. And you can Comment on Each one also!!

I had some questions on this feature so here is an update!!

B. von Richter, Admin.

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HOW TO USE THE WEBSITE:

HOW TO USE THE WEBSITE:

 

Main Features:

There are 2 Major Sections to the Website. The Main Tabs at the Top of the Page and the Side Tabs on the Right Side of the Page.

 

The TOP TABS:

1. THE LOGO – If you Click on this anytime, It will bring you to the main page.
2. HISTORICAL OF SOCIETY OF GERMAN MILITARY HISTORY – tab will take you to the page that talks about our disclaimer.
3. ABOUT US – tab will take you to the page that talks about us.
4. CONTACT US – This is for anyone to contact the Administrator with questions or issues.
5. SUBSCRIBERS – This is how people become members so they can comment on pictures and use the chat rooms. Follow the Directions on the page.
6. SUBCRIBER CHAT ROOM – This is for members to be able to chat with each other about history. IN THE FUTURE, we will add more chat rooms on different subjects plus requests for such we will consider from members.
7. RULES – We have certain rules for members. This is must read since we do not allow any negativity.
8. HELP AND INFORMATION – is an area you can check for questions you have.
9. FOR SALE: is for members looking to sell their collectables or models, guns, medals, etc.
10. ONLINE STORE – this is not currently available, but we are looking into this for the future.
11. DONATIONS- If you wish to donate to our research or the costs, we always welcome it.

 

RIGHT SIDE TABS:

1. SEARCH BAR – you can enter a keyword then do a search on the site. If we do not have it then contact us as long as it pertains to German History.
2. RECENT POSTS- any news we recently posted.
3. RECENT COMMENTS – Is any recent comments by members or Admin.
4. PAGES – Are what used to be Albums on Facebook. We broke them down from Battles to Panzers, Vehicles, People, and kinds of things. There will be more. There are currently 175 Pages of them!! JUST CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO SEE THEM ONE AT A TIME!!
5. CATEGORIES – This is just a section breaking our different news stories.
6. LINK TO THE FACEBOOK PAGE – Simple no more to explain.
7. SUBSCIBE TO THE BLOG – This is so you can get updates in your email.
8. ARCHIVES – this is our former news stories broken down per month.
9. CALENDAR – this is the former news stories broken down per day.

 

Remember the Website is Done, but it is at the point we stopped after Facebook threatened us. So there are 1000’s of pictures to go and so much more for us to add to this. We are Never Done Updating!!!!

I hope you enjoy this and subscribe.

Thank you,

B. von Richter, Admin.

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Largest Collection of Photos and Images of German History in the World with a focus on World War II.

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