Unterscharführer Fritz Christen was the youngest member of the Waffen SS to receive the Knight's Cross personally from Adolf Hitler. He won this highest distinction for his actions during the Battle of the Demyansk Pocket, Sept-Nov 1941.Christen fought until the end of the war with distinction. He was captured by the US and turned over to the Russians. He was a POW for ten years, returning to Germany in 1955. He died in 1995, aged 74.
Verdun, 1916 Photo of a soldier’s hand left on the battlefield after the battle of Verdun in WWI. It is a horrific photo, not because of any gore and violence being seen. The hand is what is left from the violence that has occurred and leaves, in the viewers mind, the images of all the violence that must occurred before this image was captured.
They died in hell. They called it Passchendaele "The First Battle of Passchendaele takes place in Belgium during WWI between Allied forces (Australia, New Zealand, and the UK) fighting against Germany. During the course of the battle Allied forces win the fighting, but overall gain very little ground. There are a total of 13,000 casualties; more than 2,700 of them being from New Zealand. This marks the largest loss of life in a single day in the nation’s history. October 12, 1917"