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Today marks the 78th anniversary (April 26, 1937) of Operation Rügen, the bombing of Guernica by German " Condor Legion" and the Italian "Fascist Aviazione Legionaria" during the Spanish Civil War. Guerinica was the first example carpet bombing to demoralise a civilian population. The bombing lasted three hours, during which 45,000 kg (99,207 lbs) of bombs destroyed 70% of the city and killed at least 1,000 inhabitants. It was a precursor of what was to become the norm during WWII.  Air…

Today marks the 78th anniversary (April 26, 1937) of Operation Rügen, the bombing of Guernica by German " Condor Legion" and the Italian "Fascist Aviazione Legionaria" during the Spanish Civil War. Guerinica was the first example carpet bombing to demoralise a civilian population. The bombing lasted three hours, during which 45,000 kg (99,207 lbs) of bombs destroyed 70% of the city and killed at least 1,000 inhabitants. It was a precursor of what was to become the norm during WWII. Air…

German paratrooper at Monte Cassino Italy early 1944. Credit: Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-577-1910-36 Benschel.

German paratrooper at Monte Cassino Italy early 1944. Credit: Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-577-1910-36 Benschel.

Members of 23.SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland in an undated photograph. Nederland comprising Dutch volunteers was among the best fighting SS volunteer units. Its performance during the Battle of the Narva Bridgehead in particular helped in establishing it as one of the elite SS formations.

Members of 23.SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland in an undated photograph. Nederland comprising Dutch volunteers was among the best fighting SS volunteer units. Its performance during the Battle of the Narva Bridgehead in particular helped in establishing it as one of the elite SS formations.

German Nazi propaganda photo depicts soldiers of the German Wehrmacht looking at a scorpion in Tunisia, published on 19 September 1941. Place unknown.

German Nazi propaganda photo depicts soldiers of the German Wehrmacht looking at a scorpion in Tunisia, published on 19 September 1941. Place unknown.

Elisabeth Volkenrath (born 5 September 1919, Schönau an der Katzbach, Silesia – died 13 December 1945, Hamelin) was German supervisor at several Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Volkenrath trained under Johanna Langefeld at Ravensbrück concentration camp during 1941, and in 1942 went to Auschwitz Birkenau as an Aufseherin. In April 1945, she was arrested by the British Army and stood trial with Irma Grese. She was executed at Hamelin Prison later that year.

Elisabeth Volkenrath (born 5 September 1919, Schönau an der Katzbach, Silesia – died 13 December 1945, Hamelin) was German supervisor at several Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Volkenrath trained under Johanna Langefeld at Ravensbrück concentration camp during 1941, and in 1942 went to Auschwitz Birkenau as an Aufseherin. In April 1945, she was arrested by the British Army and stood trial with Irma Grese. She was executed at Hamelin Prison later that year.

These German soldiers stand in the debris strewn street of Bastogne, Belgium, on January 9, 1945, after they were captured by the U.S. 4th Armored Division which helped break the German siege of the city.

These German soldiers stand in the debris strewn street of Bastogne, Belgium, on January 9, 1945, after they were captured by the U.S. 4th Armored Division which helped break the German siege of the city.

A road full of tigers. German Tiger II heavy tanks at Canteloup France July 1944. Credit: Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-721-0364-06.

A road full of tigers. German Tiger II heavy tanks at Canteloup France July 1944. Credit: Bundesarchiv Bild 101I-721-0364-06.

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