German transport plane Junkers Ju 52/3m. History, development, service and dive-bombing tactics, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Junkers Ju 52/3m Type: Passenger and freight transport; also bomber, reconnaissance, mine countermeasures, casualties evacuation and glider tug. History Often called ‘Tante Ju’ (Auntie Junkers) or ‘Iron Annie’, the Ju52/3m (trimotor) had been the most important Luftwaffe transport plane of WW2, operating in all theaters as well as on every important fronts. The Ju 52 began being a single engine transportation development for … learn more
Operation Merkur, the ‘Battle of Crete’. Operation Merkur The same time as on April 21, 1941 in Larissa the commander of the Greek forces, General Papagos, capitulated and the Balkans campaign so went almost to the end, a briefing took place at the advanced Führer Headquarter on the Semmering, which dealt with the question whether Crete should be conquered. The aim of the meeting was to clarify the question for which target the paratroops should be used: Malta or Crete. … learn more
British heavy Lancaster Mk I bomber and Mk II and Special, the heaviest bombers in the European theatre of war, in action during WW2. History, development, service, specifications, pictures and 3D model. Avro Lancaster Type: British heavy bomber. History: Unquestionably one of the leading significance aircrafts of WW2, as well as one of the finest planes of aviation history, the Avro Lancaster came to exist as a result of fiasco of its forerunner. In September 1936 the Air Staff released … learn more
WW2 pictures from Russian PoW’s and official trips. Pictures from a soldier of the Wehrmacht about Russian prisoners of war (PoW’s), which served for the 214th Infantry Division in Norway as so-called ‘Hiwis‘ and from official trips to Germany and in Norway. Please click on one of the pictures for enlarge or to watch a slide show. Previous page: Landscapes in Norway Next page: WW2 pictures from Norway 1942 – 1944
War Diary – the last days 75 years ago:
Diary for Tuesday, May 27, 1941: Sea War Atlantic: BISMARCK SUNK. Damaged German battleship Bismarck fights hopeless battle against British battleships King George V and Rodney and is finally torpedoed and sunk by cruiser Dorsetshire, with loss of 2,200 lives. North Africa Rommel recaptures Halfaya Pass. Home Fronts Britain: Churchill declares, in broadcast, that American aid will help Britain to pass through ‘long, stern, scowling valley of war, to victory’. Germany: Walther Hewel, liaison officer at Hitler’s HQ, notes in … learn more
Diary for Monday, May 26, 1941: Sea War Atlantic: Swordfish torpedo-bombers score two hits on battleship Bismarck, disabling her steering-gear; the battleship’s AA gunners are confused by the slow-flying biplanes. 5 destroyers harass Bismarck during night May 26-27. Mediterranean: British aircraft carrier Formidable launches air strike against Stuka base on Scarpunto Island, east of Crete . Later Formidable and escorting destroyers are bombed by Ju 87 Stukas; carrier badly damaged. Air War Airborne invasion of Crete: German airborne troops take … learn more
Diary for Sunday, May 25, 1941: Sea War Atlantic: Lagos and Takoradi harbours mined by U-boat U-69 (nights May 25-26 and 26-27). Politics Admiral Raeder, C-in-C German Navy, warns that sending of US supply convoys to Britain will be regarded as a ‘plain act of war’.