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Waffen SS during firefight at undetermined location on the Eastern Front. Note the man on the right deploying a Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" with stock. An unlikely weapon for a front line unit in WW2, the C96 in 7.63X25mm was extensively used during WW1. Its shoulder stock, long barrel, and high-velocity cartridge, had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols.

Waffen SS during firefight at undetermined location on the Eastern Front. Note the man on the right deploying a Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" with stock. An unlikely weapon for a front line unit in WW2, the C96 in 7.63X25mm was extensively used during WW1. Its shoulder stock, long barrel, and high-velocity cartridge, had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols.

Battle of Königsberg - Königsberg, gefangene deutsche Offiziere ADN-ZB II.Weltkrieg 1939-1945 Gefangene Offiziere der deutschen Wehrmacht in den Straßen von Königsberg, am 12. April 1945.

Battle of Königsberg - Königsberg, gefangene deutsche Offiziere ADN-ZB II.Weltkrieg 1939-1945 Gefangene Offiziere der deutschen Wehrmacht in den Straßen von Königsberg, am 12. April 1945.

German infantrymen take cover in a house in southern Italy, on February 6, 1944, awaiting the word to attack after Stukas had done their work.

German infantrymen take cover in a house in southern Italy, on February 6, 1944, awaiting the word to attack after Stukas had done their work.

Hitler exchanges a handshake with one of his favorite general, Generalobest Eduard Dietl, commanding 3.Mountain Division and, later, general-in-command of the 20th Mountain Army. Popular with the troops and a hard-nosed Nazi, Dietl was killed in a plane accident in 1944.

Hitler exchanges a handshake with one of his favorite general, Generalobest Eduard Dietl, commanding 3.Mountain Division and, later, general-in-command of the 20th Mountain Army. Popular with the troops and a hard-nosed Nazi, Dietl was killed in a plane accident in 1944.

Waffen-SS  048.( original caption). Waffen SS unit opening fire.Date and location unknown.

Waffen-SS 048.( original caption). Waffen SS unit opening fire.Date and location unknown.

American soldiers in a Higgins boat before landing in Normandy, 6th june 1944.

American soldiers in a Higgins boat before landing in Normandy, 6th june 1944.

Fresh Waffen SS troops ready for the Eastern Front  on parade during departure ceremony.

Fresh Waffen SS troops ready for the Eastern Front on parade during departure ceremony.

General Hermann Balck: after the end of the WWll, Balck refused to colaborate with the Allies, and rather found himself a job.He worked as a depot worker.

General Hermann Balck: after the end of the WWll, Balck refused to colaborate with the Allies, and rather found himself a job.He worked as a depot worker.

Wehrmacht soldiers drink water from a well in the Kharkov region.

Wehrmacht soldiers drink water from a well in the Kharkov region.

Latvians march to honor World War II allies who fought in Nazi units - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/latvians-march-honor-world-war-ii-allies-fought-nazi-units.html

Latvians march to honor World War II allies who fought in Nazi units - http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-articles/latvians-march-honor-world-war-ii-allies-fought-nazi-units.html

Generaloberst Ferdinand Schörner (center) a die-hard Nazi, was the last field marshal named by Hitler before his suicide and, briefly, the last chief of the German army. After the war, he was imprisoned in the USSR to serve a 25-year sentence, but he was released in 1955. Known as "bloody Ferdinand" and "Hitler's most brutal field marshal," Schorner was briefly jailed in Germany too and died in 1973.

Generaloberst Ferdinand Schörner (center) a die-hard Nazi, was the last field marshal named by Hitler before his suicide and, briefly, the last chief of the German army. After the war, he was imprisoned in the USSR to serve a 25-year sentence, but he was released in 1955. Known as "bloody Ferdinand" and "Hitler's most brutal field marshal," Schorner was briefly jailed in Germany too and died in 1973.

Hasso von Manteuffel (links) bei der Beratung mit Offizieren der Division Großdeutschland (Litauen, August 1944)

Hasso von Manteuffel (links) bei der Beratung mit Offizieren der Division Großdeutschland (Litauen, August 1944)

German tank crewman working on a Panzer IV. He is giving his comrade's cigarette a light in this pic....

German tank crewman working on a Panzer IV. He is giving his comrade's cigarette a light in this pic....