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NSDAP Rise to Power
German 1923 Inflation
German Elections
Winterhilfswerk
Greater German Reich
Berlin Olympics 1936
Munich Conference
Fall of France
Battle of Britain
Battle for the North Atlantic
Occupation of Europe
War in North Africa
Russian Front
Stalingrad
America at War
German Home Front
Allied Air Campaign
Liberation of Europe
Fall of Berlin
Holocaust
Nuremberg War Trials

 

 

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Selected Exhibits > Liberation of Europe

   Exhibits
   Selected Exhibits
   1. NSDAP Rise to Power
   2. Berlin Olympics 1936
   3. Hitler Youth
   4. Winterhilfswerk
   5. Battle of Britain
   6. German Home Front
   7. America at War
   8. Russian Front
   9. Holocaust
   10. Liberation of Europe


On June 6, 1944, the Allied armies successfully breached Germany's Atlantic Wall in the D-Day invasion. The Russians had already fought their way to the pre-war Polish boarder. The Germans were now caught between two great Allied armies moving ever closer to the German homeland.

OFFICIAL SIGNAL CORP RADIO-TELEPHOTO. Picture of French refugee looking at the bodies of two dead German soldiers by the side of the road.

"(France) June 11, 1944 - Refugees from coastal villages near beachhead trek inland to find shelter. Calm and philosophical and mostly asked, "Will there be fighting if we go this way?" (Ragsdale Life Pool), Sig C. Radiotelephoto, London #766."

TIME MAGAZINE MAY 7, 1945. Famous magazine cover announcing Hitler's death. The war in Europe "VE Day" ended with Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945.

On April 30, as the Soviet forces fought their way into the center of Berlin, Adolf Hitler married Eva Braun and then committed suicide by taking cyanide and shooting himself.

"For seldom had so many millions of people hoped so implacably for the death of one man."

The Historical Trust has a large collection of propaganda leaflets that were used by both the Axis and Allied Powers. Many of the Allied leaflets are designed as news reports that told the German people the true military situation at the front. This leaflet was dropped on Allied troops after the Normandy invasion. The leaflet encourage Allied soldiers to surrender and it makes the POW Camps sound like a country club.
"I'M SITTING ON TOP OF WORLD" GERMAN PROGANDA LEAFLET.

"SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD? CERTAINLY NOT! BUT PRISONERS OF WAR ARE. WHY?"



(REVERSE SIDE)

BECAUSE, THEY HAVE THEIR OWN THEATRES, THEIR OWN MOVIES, THEIR OWN JAZZ BANDS.

BECAUSE, THEY HAVE SPORTING GROUNDS, AND GYMNASIUMS.

BECAUSE GERMANY STRICTLY ADHERES TO THE GENEVA CONVENTION.

LIBERATION OF PARIS POSTCARD "AMERICAN FLAGS IN THE CHAMPS-ELSEES". Series of 10 differentt B/W images of US troops liberating Paris, wrecked German tanks, French General de Gaulle visiting war monuments, Free French fighters manning street barricade, and crowds celebrating their liberartion. The captions on the back are in French and English. "GERMAN PRISONER CARRIED AWAY BY FREE FRENCH FORCES" POSTCARD. Free French forces in Paris taking German prisoners.


"CASINO DE PARIS" ADVERTISING PAMPHLET. Opening in 1912, the Casino was advertised as "Le Music Hall de Paris".

"All the revues at the Casino de Paris truly constitute the synthesis of the world's Grand Spectacle Music-halls."

"CASINO DE PARIS" ADMISSION TICKET. First row orchestra seat was 120 fr.
"UNITED STATES ARMY PARIS GUIDE". This is a complete guide to Paris and its cultural events and entertainment.

"Miscellaneous Information:
Forty-two (42) per cent of all venereal disease of American Troops on the continent, originates in Paris."

VOLKSSTURM ARMBAND. The Volkssturm (People's Storm) was a German national militia of the last months of Germany's Third Reich. Hitler ordered the formation of the Volksstrum on October 18, 1944 and conscripted all males between the ages of 16 to 60 years of age who were not already serving in the military. Due to severe material shortages most members only received this armband as a uniform.

The most extensive use of the Volkssturm was during the Battle of Berlin, during which Volkssturm units fought the best they could. The Battle of Berlin was particularly devastating to the Volkssturm, since many Volkssturm members fought to the death when facing Red Army troops, mostly out of fear of what awaited any German combatant who fell into Russian hands.



ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO FROM NEW YORK. Caption reads,

"It's the end of the line for these German soldiers, as well as the wrecked trolley car, as U.S. Third Army troops mop up in Goblenz, Germany. This is the original of the previously received radiophoto, made by Associated Press Photographer Byron Rollins, with the wartime still picture pool. Associated Press Photo 2-23 ."

The Historical Trust has a collection of photographs graphically portraying the ruins of the German Reich and the charred bodies of those civilians that perished in the Allied bombing of cities such as Dresden and Hamburg.


PHOTOGRAPH OF TWO GERMAN POLICEMEN LOOKING OUT FROM WHAT WAS THE BERLIN ZOO. PHOTOGRAPH OF DEAD GERMAN CIVILIAN FROM THE ALLIED BOMBING OF DRESDEN. 

PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BRANDENBURGER GATE BEFORE AND AFTER THE WAR. The photograph is by Carl Meinrother and it graphically shows just how devastating war can be.
BRANDENBURGER GATE AND BERLIN IN RUINS.

The Brandenberg Gate became the dividing line between East and West after war as the Soviet Union imposed Communist rule over its newly won domain.


This is the last online exhibit. If you have any items that you would like to donate and have preserved for the benefit of future generations, please contact us. info@AngloGermanHistoricalTrust.org

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