Fallschirmjäger invading the Norwegian port city of Narvik during the country’s invasion.
/ August 19, 2011 / 31
Hitler made only one big mistake when he built his Atlantic Wall”, the paratroopers liked to say. “He forgot to put a roof on it.
— Band of Brothers, Stephen Ambrose (via whispersatthebusstop)
August 19, 2011, 11:14am / 98
The man featured in this photograph here is Johann Georg Elser which is apart of a monument in Freiburg, Germany. Elser was a staunch anti-Nazi and German citizen who, on 8 November 1939, attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler with a home-made bomb in the "Bürgerbräukeller" beer hall in the city of Munich.
Unfortunately for Elser, Hitler finished his speech early and escaped the timed explosion by just thirteen minutes. However, the collateral damage was high: eight people were killed and 63 were injured while Elser (who had been caught 35 minutes prior to the bomb even going off) was interrogated by the Gestapo and imprisoned.
Shortly before the war’s end, on a special order from Adolf Hitler, Johann Georg Elser was executed by gunshot in Dachau on 9 April 1945.
/ August 18, 2011 / 24
Nicknamed “Superman” because of his chiseled 6-foot-3 frame, Marine Lt. Patrick Wayland saved his most heroic act for last. He donated a kidney to a comrade he never met.
Wayland, a flight student at Pensacola Naval Air Station, died earlier this month after his heart stopped beating during water survival training. He was already an organ donor, but while on life support, his family decided they wanted to help a fellow Marine.
/ August 18, 2011, 12:00pm / 36
A Japanese soldier standing guard over part of the Great Wall of China that had been captured during the Second Sino-Japanese War in 1937.
Both the Empire of Japan and the Republic of China had fought intermittently in small skirmishes throughout the 1930s, however in 1937 the situation escalated to become the Second Sino-Japanese War. While it would take until 1939 for the war in Europe to begin many historians argue that the Second World War officially began in 1937, with Japan’s aggressive expansion into China and its efforts to create its Co-Prosperity Sphere.
/ August 17, 2011 / 24