German Wehrmacht soldiers make light of the terrible rations within the Kholm Pocket; the encirclement of German troops by the Soviet Army around Kholm, south of Leningrad from 23 January 1942 until 5 May Image taken by Richard Muck.
1939 09 02 A Polish cavalry unit dares to attack a German motorcycle unit with only a sword. Since the end of the Great War, the Polish army was much less advanced than the German Army, often sending cavalry against German Panzer columns.
This German soldier found space for his dog on the horsecart during the German retreat in Lake Peipus, Finland, Feb The retreat was triggered by the Soviets breaking the Siege of Leningrad and pushing Army Group North to the west.
Young German grenadier smiles for the camera sometime in The war is all but lost but he and his comrades persist. He is carrying a Panzerfaust (the German bazooka) and his chances of making it out alive diminish by the day. For the Reich and the Fuhrer.
✠ Muddy German motorcycle courier gets fuel. Lone couriers had one of the most dangerous jobs, often crossing hostile territory with only speed and a rifle or SMG for protection. Losses in their ranks was predictably heavy.