On this day in 1941, Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union with 3M troops in Operation Barbarossa. The move stalled or ended most Soviet Naval construction, as the battles were fought mostly on land or in the air. _________________________________ Why did it seem that Hitler could win? “When the attack on Russia starts, the world will hold its breath." ~ Hitler It was an attack like no other. Ever. With 134 divisions at full fighting strength and 73 more divisions for deployment behind the front, German forces invaded the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, less than two years after the German-Soviet Pact was signed. Three army groups — including more than 3 million German soldiers, supported by 650,000 troops from Germany's allies (Finland and Romania), and later augmented by units from Italy, Croatia, Slovakia and Hungary — attacked the Soviet Union across a broad front. This front stretched from the Baltic Sea in the north to the Black Sea in the south. For months, the Soviet leadership had refused to heed warnings from the Western Powers of the German troop buildup along its western border. Germany and its Axis partners thus achieved almost complete tactical surprise. Much of the existing Soviet air force was destroyed on the ground. The Soviet armies were initially overwhelmed. German units encircled millions of Soviet soldiers, who, cut off from supplies and reinforcements, had few options other than to surrender. #todaythisday #thisday #ww2 #wwii #worldwartwo #worldwar2 #operationbarbarossa #invasion #hitler #onthisday #warhistory
Six day war ended 51 years ago today. Six-Day War: An Israeli soldier marches a captured Jordanian soldier through the streets of Bethlehem. TIL that in 1964 an Israeli spy convinced the Syrians to plant trees near military fortifications so that their soldiers had some shelter against the sun. The Israeli's used those trees as targeting markers ensuring a swift victory in the Six-Day War ___________________________ follow @war_amateur for more amazing military content #israel #sixdaywar #war#capture #golanheights #bethlehem #streets #prisoner #pow #machinegun
French and Malian soldier in front of AMX-10 RC light reco vehicle ____________________________ follow @war_amateur for more amazing military content #stryker #french #malian #foreignlegion #frenchforeignlegion #legionnares #legion #legionofboom #frenchintervention #tank #armour #ffl #northafrica #pointingfinger #fingers #wartorn #african
French soldiers from the 5th Army pose with soldiers from the American Expeditionary Force in front of a road sign in Boult-aux-Bois, Ardennes, France, 11 March, 1918. (Colorized) _____________________________ @rwhitecolor good job again. follow @war_amateur for more amazing military content #color #french#uniform #uniformed #blue #bluesky #soldier #rifles #sitting #frenchtroopsww1 #ww1 #worldwar1 #wwi
Canadian soldiers land on Juno beach 74 years ago. _____________________________ The first hour was particularly brutal, with a casualty rate approaching 50 percent for the leading assault teams. In the confusion, an Allied tank inadvertently ran over some of the wounded, stopping only when a Canadian captain blew its track off with a grenade. _____________________________ There were total of 5 beaches. Utah Beach(Predominantly American) Omaha Beach(predominantly American) Gold Beach(British) Juno Beach(British and Canadian) Sword Beach(British and Canadian)
German Army soldier sorting ammunition, Eastern Front. 1941. _________________________________ The Degtyaryov machine gun or DP-27 is a light machine gun firing the 7.62×54mmR cartridge that was primarily used by the Soviet Union, with service trials starting in 1927 followed by general deployment in 1928. Besides being the standard Soviet infantry light machine gun (LMG) during WWII Probably captured
17-year old Marina Ginestà, war correspondent for Pravda, on the rooftop of the Hotel Colon in Barcelona. July 1936 Follow @war_amateur for more amazing military content Fun fact she died in 2014 aged 94! _____________________________ Ginestà was born in Toulouse, on January 29 1919, into a working-class leftist family that had emigrated to France from Spain. Her parents were both tailors: Empar Coloma Chalmeta, from Valencia, and Bruno Ginestà Manubens, from Manresa. She moved to Barcelona with her parents at the age of 11. Ginestà later joined the Unified Socialist Party of Catalonia. As the war broke out, she served as a reporter and a translator assisting Mikhail Koltsov, a correspondent of the Soviet newspaper Pravda. Before the end of the war, Ginestà was wounded and evacuated to Montpellier. The famous photograph was taken on 21 July 1936. It shows the 17-year-old girl posing with a rifle on the top of the original Hotel Colón. As she was a reporter, it was the only time Ginestà was carrying a gun. The picture was later seen in the cover of the book Las Trece Rosas by Carlos Fonseca. The hotel was destroyed after the war and on its place is today the building of the Banco Español de Crédito.
First cousins King George V and Tsar Nicholas II, Berlin 1913. The physical similarities are attributed to their mothers being sisters. _________________________________ George was initially open to the possibility of Nicholas & his family coming to the UK, but had to accept that Nicholas was viewed as a tyrant by many in England. By George (a constitutional monarch) showing public sympathy to an autocrat, he would jeopardize his own popularity and in turn the British monarchy. There was a mutiny of French troops in April 1917 and a mutiny of British troops at Étaples in September, this would have been fresh in the mind of the British government considering how the Russian Revolution had occurred. Prince Michael of Kent, a relative, claimed in a 2010 interview that despite Britain turning down an asylum request for Nicholas, George held out hope he could rescue his cousin, suggesting that they were indeed close. George was probably greatly pained by the event, especially as Nicholas' children were killed as well. #russian #bolshevik #cousins #history #historychannel #blackandwhite #monarch #russianrevolution #british #king
TIL the only reason a Scottish bagpiper wasn't shot by German snipers on D-Day was that they believed he had gone crazy. Follow @war_amateur for more amazing military content ____________________________ ANY reasonable observer might have thought Bill Millin was unarmed as he jumped off the landing ramp at Sword Beach, in Normandy, on June 6th 1944. Unlike his colleagues, the pale 21-year-old held no rifle in his hands. Three times therefore he walked up and down at the edge of the sea. He remembered the sand shaking under his feet from mortar fire and the dead bodies rolling in the surf, against his legs. For the rest of the day, whenever required, he played. All the way, he learned later, German snipers had had him in their sights but, out of pity for this madman, had not fired.
Weirdly interesting story ______________________________ Marcus Sarjeant firing six blank shots at Queen Elizabeth during the Trooping The Colour ceremony in London, June 13, 1981 This is a fantastic picture. Imagine the chances of catching this exact moment. Marcus Sarjeant was like any ordinary kid in the scouts. Tried joining the marines, quit. Also tried joining the army but quit within 2 days again. Eventually he fell into a anti-royalist movement while working in a zoo. At the time of the incident he was unemployed though. ______________________________ Infact before the incident he sent out a letter to Birmingham palace warning them of the attack. In questioning, Sarjeant said he had been inspired by the assassination of John Lennon in December 1980, and the attempts on the lives of Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II. Sarjeant had said "I would like to be the first one to take a pot shot at the Queen".The police found that Sarjeant had written "I am going to stun and mystify the world. I will become the most famous teenager in the world." Investigations by psychiatrists found that Sarjeant did not have any abnormalities within the Mental Health Act 1983.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In, ROKSWC 1975-77 _________________________________ Fun fact: he was caught demonstrating against the government & was "forced" into Special Forces for reeducation purpose. According to him, he tried to make best of the situation by embracing the new position. Despite being a non-combatant MOS, he chose to become specialized in demolition and became one of the top soldiers in his unit.
German Wiesel 1 MK 20mm of 5./JgBtl 292 in Afghanistan __________________________ Can't place the exact date but probably between 2009 and 2013. In 1972, the German military embarked on a program to replace its lightweight and air-dropped Kraka quadbikes used to move paratroopers after they hit the ground. The result of this effort was the Wiesel, a cute, unusual tracked armored vehicle and a modern equivalent of the tankette, a type of tank which largely went out of fashion during World War II.
Morale booster. An unidentified Corporal from the US Army's 3rd ID stands at attention with a group of women on the grounds of the California Pacific Int'l Expo in Balboa Park, San Diego. ____________________________ Yeah, I bet his corporal is at attention too. Follow @war_amateur for more amazing military content #attention #military #women #parade #rifle #rifles #corporal
A British soldier gives a V gesture to German prisoners captured at El Alamein, 26 October 1942 ________________________________ The back of his hand towards the Germans indicates that the gesture means the same as the middle finger gesture. A "V for Victory" sign would be palm towards the Germans #historical #historia #historic #uk #old #ancient #sexiestmanalive #heritage #pissoff #victory #british #soldiers #ww2