Contemporary | German history - Regina Schmeken | Battle of Stalingrad 1942-1943 | 02435383
Contemporary | Colonialism | Supply unit on the Eastern Front, 1943 | 00398427
Contemporary | World War I | 'Second World War: German evacuees colonizing the ''Reichsgau Wartheland'', 1939-1945' | 00405247
Contemporary | Weimar Republic | Battle of Berlin 1945 | 02101519
Contemporary | Great Depression | Military Surrender of the German Wehrmacht 07.05.1945 | 02101449
Contemporary | Nazism 1933 | Siege of Warsaw, 1939 | 00405030
Contemporary | Nazism 1934-1945 | war preparation against the USSR, war declaration of the NS government and proclamation, June 1941 | 02101227
Contemporary | Spanish Civil War | Start of Barbarossa, 1941 | 02381732
Contemporary | World War II | Vormarsch deutscher Truppen während Barbarossa, 1941 | 02381735
Contemporary | East Germany | Sowjetische Gefangene während des Unternehmens Barbarossa, 1941 | 02381733
Contemporary | Cold War | Offensive Richtung Moskau Ende 1941 | 02381734
Contemporary | Germany after 1945 | Second World War, Eastern Front: German fallback before Moscow, 1941 | 02101552
Contemporary | Battle of Stalingrad 1942-1943 | Operations of the German airforce in the Second World War, 1939 | 00404990
Contemporary | Battle of Kursk 1943 | Outbreak of the First World War 01.09.1939 | 02100959
Contemporary | 'Second World War: German evacuees colonizing the ''Reichsgau Wartheland'', 1939-1945' | Occupation of Denmark, 1940 | 00466101
Contemporary | Battle of Berlin 1945 | British soldiers departing to Norway, 1940 | 00466188
Contemporary | Military Surrender of the German Wehrmacht 1945 | Occupation of Luxembourg, 1940 | 00466372
Contemporary | Siege of Warsaw, 1939 | Battles in Belgium, 1940 | 00466407
Contemporary | German-Russian border and German deployment, 1941 | Dutch bunker after the fight, 1940 | 00466493
Contemporary | Start of Barbarossa, 1941 | German soldiers and destroyed French tanks, 1940 | 00466591
Contemporary | Advance of German troops, summer 1941 | Railway car, memorial and hall of honour of Compiegne, 1940 | 00467264
Contemporary | Soviet prisoners, 1941 | Hitler's speech on the declaration of war against the USA 11.12.1941 | 00340059
Contemporary | Offensive towards Moscow in the end of 1941 | Poster advertising for the holiday destination Ascona 1939 | 00404372
Contemporary | German fallback before Moscow in winter, 1941 | Japanischer Angriff auf Pearl Harbour, 1941 | 02100305
Contemporary | Operations of the German airforce in the Second World War, 1939 | Start of Barbarossa, 1941 | 02381732
Contemporary | Outbreak of the First World War 01.09.1939 | Bunker at the Siegfried Line, 1939 | 00363882
Contemporary | German Occupation of Denmark 09.04.1940 | Escape on the eastern front, 1944/1945 | 02100784
Contemporary | Germany occupation of Norway 09.04.1940 | The last weeks in peace and the outbreak of the war 1939 in Poland | 00404833
Contemporary | German Occupation of Luxembourg 10.05.1940 | France immediately before World War II 1939 | 00404724
Contemporary | Battles in Belgium 10.05.1940 | Europe immediately before the outbreak of World War II, 1939 | 00404239
Contemporary | Battles in the Netherlands 1940 | Germany, Siegfried Line, before the outbreak of the Second World War, 1939 | 00404492
Contemporary | Start of the Battle of France 10.05.1940 | Mobilization in Germany, 1939 | 00404515
Contemporary | Armistice in Compiegne 22.06.1940 | Great Britain, before the outbreak of World War II, 1939 | 00404563
Contemporary | Germany declares war to the USA 11.12.1941 | Mobilization in Great Britain, 1939 | 00404670
Contemporary | Holidays and leisure in Germany, before the outbreak of World War II, 1939 | Köln nach alliierten Luftangriffen, 1945 | 00011852
Contemporary | Japanischer Angriff auf Pearl Harbour, 1941 | Sports and public life in Germany, before the outbreak of World War II, 1939 | 00404411
Contemporary | Start of Barbarossa, 1941 | Mobilization in france 1939 | 00404758
Contemporary | Nazi Germany: Armament, 1935-1939 | Second World War: English-French military mission in Moscow, August 1939 | 00404814
Contemporary | Escape on the eastern front, 1944/1945 | Second World War: Battles in Gdansk, september - december 1939 | 00404934
Contemporary | The last weeks in peace and the outbreak of the war 1939 in Poland | Gdansk from 01.01.1939 until 31.08.1939 | 00404860
Contemporary | France immediately before World War II 1939 | 50th anniversary of the beginning of the war | 00404920
Contemporary | Europe immediately before the outbreak of World War II, 1939 | Bloody Sunday - homicide of ethnic Germans during WWII, September 1939 | 02101261
Contemporary | Germany, Siegfried Line, before the outbreak of the Second World War, 1939 | Start of the Second World War, 01.09.1939 | 00404889
Contemporary | Mobilization in Germany, 1939 | View of the audience during the speech of Goebbels on the Total War, 1943 | 00319601
Contemporary | Great Britain, before the outbreak of World War II, 1939 | Surrender of the Modlin Fortress in the Second World War | 00405021
Contemporary | Mobilization in Great Britain, 1939 | D-Day in France 1944 | 02100480
Contemporary | Bombing of Cologne in World War II | Battle of Britain: German air force | 00323591
Contemporary | Sports and public life in Germany, before the outbreak of World War II, 1939 | Second World War: Capitulation of Warsaw, 1939 | 00405053
Contemporary | Mobilization in france 1939 | German troops in africa - the beginning, february-march 1941 | 00333305
Contemporary | Second World War: English-French military mission in Moscow, August 1939 | Warsaw occupied by the Germans during the Second World War | 00405067
Contemporary | Second World War: Battles in Gdansk, september - december 1939 | Battles of El Alamein, 1942 | 02100330
Contemporary | Gdansk from 01.01.1939 until 31.08.1939 | Second World War: Polish captives and civilians before december 1939 | 00405104
Contemporary | 50th anniversary of the beginning of the war | The monastery of Monte Cassino, 1944 | 00104486
Contemporary | Bloody Sunday - homicide of ethnic Germans during WWII, September 1939 | Second World War: Poland under German occupation, 1939 - 1944 | 00405128

World War II

The German invasion of Poland on the 1st of September 1939 plunged the world into the second great war of the 20th century.

After quick and successful "Blitzkrieg" campaigns of conquest in Poland, Denmark, Belgium and France, the German air force suffered a defeat in the Battle for Britain. In the racial-ideological war of extermination against the Soviet Union and for the desired "living space" in the east, the German advance finally came to a halt and the Battle of Stalingrad in the winter of 1942/43 marked a turning point at the eastern front and in the course of the Second World War in Europe.

After Japan's attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the United States entered the war. Meanwhile, the Allies began to bomb German cities with air raids. After the landing of U.S. troops in the Normandy on June 6, 1944, France and Belgium were freed from Hitler's Germany and in the spring of 1945 the Allies crossed the Rhine. In the east, the Red Army pushed back the Wehrmacht further and further, arriving at Berlin in April 1945. Germany and the Axis powers had lost the war and the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht followed on May 8, 1945.