The Big One

Concerning every and any aspect of World War II. May contain World War I things (clearly labeled such) and images some may find disturbing.

lipstickandthujone:

John Singer Sargent, Gassed, 1919.

(Source: dentsdelion, via crash-mcbarason)

collectivehistory:

American soldiers teaching British children how to play baseball, 1943.

collectivehistory:

American soldiers teaching British children how to play baseball, 1943.

(via crash-mcbarason)

Model 24 Stielhandgranate (Also known as a stick grenade or potato masher) was the hand grenade used by German troops from the end of WWI all the way through to WWII. The characteristic long handle provided a better heft to the grenade, so it could be thrown farther and with more accuracy. The bottom cap of  the handle was unscrewed, revealing the handle’s hollow interior. A porcelain toggle would come out, which was ripped out along with the cord it was attached with, giving a four to five second delay before detonation.

The writing on the explosive head reads “VOR GEBRAUCH SPRENGKAPSEL EINSETZEN”, which translates into “Before use insert detonator”, a reminder to users, as the fuse assembly had to be installed prior to combat.

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The blog’s still in a whole lot of development, but if anyone wants me to post things about a specific topic, please feel free to chuck it my way and I’ll be on it.

historywars:

German soldiers wounded during Operation Bagration

historywars:

German soldiers wounded during Operation Bagration

houseofrandom:

Kriegsmarine men in Oslo, Norway

houseofrandom:

Kriegsmarine men in Oslo, Norway

railways-and-roses:

Warsaw, Nazi-occupied Poland, 1940. The signs read, “Typhus area. Passage permitted only while traveling.” (Hugo Jaeger)

railways-and-roses:

Warsaw, Nazi-occupied Poland, 1940. The signs read, “Typhus area. Passage permitted only while traveling.” (Hugo Jaeger)

(Source: roses-and-railways)

indypendenthistory:

 A kind-hearted homeowner kept a baby elephant in her back yard for months during the Second World War because zookeepers feared the animal would be killed in a bombing raid. (via Homefront - Baby Elephant…)

indypendenthistory:

 A kind-hearted homeowner kept a baby elephant in her back yard for months during the Second World War because zookeepers feared the animal would be killed in a bombing raid. (via Homefront - Baby Elephant…)

historywars:

Destroyed german panzer in Belarus durin the “Bagration” 1944

historywars:

Destroyed german panzer in Belarus durin the “Bagration” 1944

adolfi:

Adolf Hitler speaking at the annual Nazi Party rally at Zeppelin Field, Nuremberg, Germany. In the background is the ’Cathedral of Light’ designed by Albert Speer - 1938

adolfi:

Adolf Hitler speaking at the annual Nazi Party rally at Zeppelin Field, Nuremberg, Germany. In the background is the ’Cathedral of Light’ designed by Albert Speer - 1938

(Source: axishistory, via general-westergaard)