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REIMAHG Me 262 Production Site near Kahla

REIMAHG Me 262 Production Site near Kahla

One of the most remarkable advancements made by the German military in World War II was the production of turbine-jet aircraft. The most famous of these was the Messerschmitt Me 262, developed beginning in 1938 and fielded in 1944. A special production facility was started in 1944, for quicker assembly line manufacture. Due to the setup at the main Messerschmitt factories, fast assembly line pr...
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Flak-Grossbatterie Panzerkaserne, Schweinfurt

Flak-Grossbatterie Panzerkaserne, Schweinfurt

Another important aspect of the military in the Schweinfurt area was the air defense organization. Flak gun and searchlight positions were established all around Schweinfurt to protect the industrial areas. By the end of the war, some 140 flak guns ranging from light 2.0cm guns to the standard 8.8cm gun were in place, as well as 9 searchlight positions. The photo on the left shows one of the Sc...
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Muehldorf-Mettenheim airfield

Muehldorf-Mettenheim airfield

An airfield was built nearby to the Project "Weingut I", adjacent to the town of Mettenheim. In this U.S. Army Air Forces reconnaissance photo, an Me 262 jet can clearly be seen beside the field at the top of the photo.
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BC Gneisenau in Kiel

BC Gneisenau in Kiel

Another air photograph of the Deutsche Werke in Kiel. The Gneisenau can be seen badly damaged to the left of the photograph.

Additional file: http://www.googleearthhacks.com/dlfile9987/BB-Scharnhorst,-Kiel.htm
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The BC Gneisenau in drydock at Deutsche Werke in Kiel

The BC Gneisenau in drydock at Deutsche Werke in Kiel

While under repair the Gneisenau received a direct hit on the foredeck during an air attack on the night of 26 - 27 February 1942. Despite it was standard procedure, her stocks of ammunition were not discharged. This was a fatal error as the hit she received started a chain reaction which devastated the ship and killed 112 crewmembers. This was the end of the career of the Gneisenau.
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Precision Bombing of Marienburg

Precision Bombing of Marienburg

Marienburg in East Prussia was the home of a Focke-Wulf aircraft assembly plant where half of all Fw-190's were produced. The first big raid by the 8th Air Force was on this well defended plant. A survivor is quoted as saying: "Coming back, the Germans were up in full force and we lost at least 80 ships-800 men, many of them pals".

The plant was destroyed in this dayli...
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Nakwon Munitions Plant, 1952

Nakwon Munitions Plant, 1952

An aerial reconnaissance photograph of the Nakwon Munitions Plant near Sinuiju, North Korea, 18 August 1952. FEAF officials believed that the 1,350,000-square foot arsenal was producing up to 5,000 hand grenades daily.
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Kitzingen, 23.02.1945 Bombing Raid

Kitzingen, 23.02.1945 Bombing Raid

Mission #321 of the 303rd BG

The 8th Air Force dispatched their bombers to attack railroad and communication targets on the second day of Operation CLARION. Thirty-nine 303rd BG(H) aircraft were dispatched on this long 9 1/2 hour mission. No aircraft returned early. The primary target was at Zwickau, Germany, and the secondary and last resort targets were at Crailsheim, Germany—...
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Kiel, 14.05 1943 Bombing Raid

Kiel, 14.05 1943 Bombing Raid

Mission #35 of the 303rd BG

Group aircraft flew in perfect formation to drop 61 1/2 tons of 500-lb. bombs on the target. The Germans made an attempt to conceal the target by the use of a smoke screen, but it proved to be ineffectual. Flak over the target at the 25,000 ft. bombing altitude was moderate and very little evasive action was necessary to avoid the bursts. Enemy air op...
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Lorient, 17.05.1943 Bombing Raid

Lorient, 17.05.1943 Bombing Raid

Mission #37 of the 303rd BG

The near perfect flying weather of the past five days continued. Visibility over the target was excellent. Light flak was seen over the French coast, both in and out and over the target area. About 45 to 50 German FW-190s and ME-109s were in the area with 20 encounters, primarily tail attacks. Enemy losses were 7 destroyed, six probables, and six dama...
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BB Scharnhorst shortly after Operation Cerberus

BB Scharnhorst shortly after Operation Cerberus

Allied reconnaissance photograph of the Deutsche Werke shipyard in Kiel, taken shortly after the Scharnhorst arrived here after the Operation "Cerberus". The Scharnhorst can be seen towards the top of the portrait. To the right the light cruiser Nürnberg as well as a number of smaller units can be seen.
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The Raid on St. Nazaire

The Raid on St. Nazaire

The dock 9 months after the attack with the "Campbeltown" still inside ,exactly as she was swept there at the moment of the detonation. The dock and the lock are obviously still very much out of order.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Nazaire_Raid
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Mine barrages in the Gulf of Finland, 1941-1945

Mine barrages in the Gulf of Finland, 1941-1945

During World War II at least 46 different mine types were detected in Gulf of Finland. These had about 10 different systems for triggering, including two magnetic and one acoustic types. The belligerent powers laid about 51 600 mines and 12 700 anti-sweeping devices during the War. Germany laid approximately 28 100 mines and 9 350 anti-sweeping devices. The rest was half and half by Finland and...
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Aitape Landings 22 April 1944

Aitape Landings 22 April 1944

Occupied by the Japanese. Assaulted by US Army during Operation Persecution, commanded by Brigadier General Jens A. Doe. April 1944 the 32nd Division landed without opposition in the Aitape area, in conjunction with the main landing at Hollandia. The object of this operation was to secure and hold the Tadji Airfield, and hold the flank and prevent Japanese from Wewak from attacking toward Holla...
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Penfoi japanese airfield, 1943

Penfoi japanese airfield, 1943

Southernmost enemy airfield in the Pacific, this major operational base on Dutch Timor is one of the four fields from which most of the enemy attacks on Allied bases in the northwest sector was originated.
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US Navy Base Facilities in Brisbane Area

US Navy Base Facilities in Brisbane Area

On 15 September 1944, Brisbane was a major U.S. Naval base. In a secret CinC, SWPA letter AG-461 dated 30 June 1944, it was reported that Brisbane provided an Operating Base for:-

* Task Forces
* Submarines and Escort Craft
* Convoy assembly port

It provided Logistic support as:-

* Commander Services...
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Scuttled french fleet in Toulon

Scuttled french fleet in Toulon

It's an overlay from the Illustrated London News from 26th December 1942, which shows smoke driffting away from the french fleet over the harbour of Toulon.
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D-Day - The massacre at Hemevez

D-Day - The massacre at Hemevez

D-Day: 7 paratroopers of the HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division were murdered by German soldiers.

http://www.6juin1944.com/assaut/aeropus/en_hemevez.php
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D-Day - Bridgehead at La Fiere

D-Day - Bridgehead at La Fiere

D+3, the 82nd AD is establishing the bridgehead at La Fiere
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D-Day - the 508th at Chef-Du-Pont

D-Day - the 508th at Chef-Du-Pont

D+2/3: the 508th PIR is capturing Chef-Du-Pont
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D-Day - Attack on St. Come-Du-Mont

D-Day - Attack on St. Come-Du-Mont

D+2: The 101st AD is capturing St. Comte-Du-Monte.
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D-Day - D plus 1 for the 101st AD

D-Day - D plus 1 for the 101st AD

D+1: The 101st AD is moving towards Carentan, one of the key positions on the Contentin Penisula to the victory of the invasion.
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D-Day - The 82. AD along River Merderet

D-Day - The 82. AD along River Merderet

The D-Day for the 82nd Airborne Division, at the River Merderet.

http://www.6juin1944.com/assaut/aeropus/en_page.php?page=82
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D-Day - First movements of 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment

D-Day - First movements of 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Roll of honor

213 brave men of the 505th / 82. AD were KIA or DOW

Private John Steele became famous for his bad luck hanging at the churchs roof top for hours.
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D-Day - First movements of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment

D-Day - First movements of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Known from the miniseries Band of brothers

Roll of honor

506th Parachute Infantry Rgt : Colonel Robert Sink
Rgt Hq Co : Captain Edward A. Peters (KIA 6 June)
Rgt Service Co : Captain George L. Barton III

1/506th : Lt Col. William L. Turner (KIA 7 June), Lt Col. James L. LaPrade (From 7 June)
Hq Co : Captain Lloyd E. Patch
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