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An Abwehr unit composed of Indian volunteers and recruits, the Indische Legion (Indian Legion) was conceived in April 1941 following the arrival in Berlin of Subhas Chandra Bose, the leader of the radical wing of the All-Indian Congress. Bose had escaped from British house arrest in Calcutta with the assistance of both the Abwehr and the NKVD (Soviet People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs). The first members of the legion were drawn from Indian prisoners of war captured in North Africa as well as Indians living in Germany. Further efforts by Bose produced 6,000 additional volunteers, although the nucleus of the new army was limited to 300 people sent to a special training facility at Königsbrück near Dresden.

The main body of the Indische Legion was surreptitiously transferred to Southeast Asia and became part of the failed Japanese invasion of India through Burma. Those soldiers remaining in Europe were absorbed into the Waffen-SS in August 1944.

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Strategically, Denmark's importance to Germany was as a staging area for operations in Norway, and also as a border nation to Germany which would have to be controlled in some way. Given Denmark's position on the Baltic Sea, the country was also crucial for the control of naval and shipping access to major German and Soviet harbours.

At 04:00 on 9 April 1940, the German ambassador to Denmark, Cecil von Renthe-Fink, called the Danish Foreign Minister Peter Munch and requested a meeting with him. When the two men met 20 minutes later, Renthe-Fink declared that German troops were then moving in to occupy Denmark to protect the country from Franco-British attack. The German ambassador demanded that Danish resistance cease immediately and that contact be made between Danish authorities and the German armed forces. If the demands were not met, the Luftwaffe would bomb the capital, Copenhagen.

As the German demands were communicated, the first German advances had already been made, with forces landing by ferry in Gedser at 03:55 and moving north. German Fallschirmjäger units had made unopposed landings and taken two airfields at Aalborg, the Storstrøm Bridge as well as the fortress of Masnedø, the latter being the first recorded attack in the world made by paratroopers.

At 04:20 local time, a reinforced battalion of German infantrymen from the 308th Regiment landed in Copenhagen harbour from the minelayer Hansestadt Danzig, quickly capturing the Danish garrison at the Citadel without encountering resistance. From the harbour, the Germans moved toward Amalienborg Palace to capture the Danish royal family. By the time the invasion forces arrived at the king's residence, the King's Royal Guard had been alerted and other reinforcements were on their way to the palace. The first German attack on Amalienborg was repulsed, giving Christian X and his ministers time to confer with the Danish Army chief General Prior. As the discussions were ongoing, several formations of Heinkel He 111 and Dornier Do 17 bombers roared over the city dropping leaflets headed, in Danish/Norwegian, OPROP! (proclamation).

At 05:25, two squadrons of German Messerschmitt Bf 110s attacked Værløse airfield on Zealand and neutralised the Danish Army Air Service by strafing. Despite Danish anti-aircraft fire, the German fighters destroyed ten Danish aircraft and seriously damaged another fourteen, thereby wiping out half of the entire Army Air Service

Faced with the explicit threat of the Luftwaffe bombing the civilian population of Copenhagen, and with only General Prior in favour of fighting on, King Christian and the entire Danish government capitulated at approximately 06:00, in exchange for retaining political independence in domestic matters.

The invasion of Denmark lasted less than six hours and was the shortest military campaign conducted by the Germans during the war. The rapid Danish capitulation resulted in the uniquely-lenient occupation of Denmark, particularly until the summer of 1943, and in postponing the arrest and deportation of Danish Jews until nearly all of them were warned and on their way to refuge in Sweden. In the end, 477 Danish Jews were deported, and 70 of them lost their lives, out of a pre-war total of Jews and half-Jews at a little over 8,000

Danish troops at Bredevad on the morning of the German attack. Two of these soldiers were killed in action later that day.
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A soldier's face after 4 years of war, 1941- 1945.

His name is Evgeniy Kobytev he was born in 1910. In September 1941 he was captured by the Germans. He would spend almost 2 years at "Horol Pit" one of the most horrific POW camps set up by the Germans. He would mange to escape in 1943. He finished his war in Dresden. He was a prolific artist and an illustrator obviously centering on his experiences while being held captive at the death camp. He didn't live a long life and passed away in 1973.
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Children assembling machine guns. Novokuznetsk, Russia. 1943

Completely incorrect caption. The girls are assembling PPD-40. Novokuznetsk is in Siberia. If the factory was there during WWII it would have been manufacturing PPS-41.

This photo was taken in Leningrad during the winter of 1942/1943. The girls names are Nina Nikolaeva and Valya Volkova. Voskov Factory, Leningrad.
This photo was taken in Leningrad during the winter of 1942/1943. The girls names are Nina Nikolaeva and Valya Volkova. Voskov Factory, Leningrad.

Are there any links to the story?
Are there any links to the story?

Not really. The photo came from a collection taken by the famous Soviet War Correspondent, Sergey Strunnikov (he was killed in 1944 while covering operation "Frantic"). The photo itself is a property of Moscow State Archive War Album
‘Goliath Tracked Mine’, the Remote Controlled Demolition Carrier (1942 to 1945)
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It was a German-engineered explosive carrier demolition vehicle and is also known as ‘beetle tank’. The allies dubbed it ‘doodlebugs’. 7,564 of these devices were produced by the Germans. It was capable of carrying 60-100 kg (132-220 lb) of explosives to targets, which were typically tanks, dense infantry, bridges and buildings. Goliaths were considered unsuccessful due low speed of just 6 mph or 9.7 kmph, vulnerable command cables, high unit cost and thin 10mm armor that was easily pierced by any type of anti tank device causing detonation of the explosives inside. However, Goliath was a pioneer in advancement of post war technologies related to remote-controlled vehicles.


A British soldier examines a captured German Goliath radio-controlled tracked demolition vehicle, 12 April 1944


An American GI poses with a German Goliath mini-tank at Ingelheim, Germany, April 1945. The Goliath was a remote-controlled device that was packed with explosives and sent toward enemy positions. Its controller, who steered it via a long cable, would detonate the explosives when the Goliath had reached its target.


US Navy personnel examined the German Goliath in Normandy.


Sd.Kfz. 303 "Goliath" V-Motor, during the Warsaw Uprising, Warsaw, Poland, August 1944


German soldiers prepare a "Goliath" during the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising.


With crew, being prepared for action.

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Pile of Goliath remote controlled bombs.
U.S.S. New Jersey (BB-62) anchored in Tokyo Bay with IJN Nagato in the background. Picture captured on 30th of December, 1945.

USS Washington (BB-56), and HMS King George V at sea in convoy escort duty in April, 1942.

British officer instructs a couple of Japanese soldiers being used as policemen soon after the return of British forces to Singapore. August-September 1945.

Corporal Leslie Allen (November 1916-May 1982) - nicknamed "Bull" Allen - of the 17th Infantry Brigade, Australian Army, during a battle carries an American soldier wounded by a splinter of a Japanese mine on the slope of Mount Tambu, New Guinea on July 30, 1943, during the Allied attacks on the Japanese positions. He also carried out twelve other seriously wounded American soldiers under fire to the rear. For his action he was awarded the Silver Star (U.S. decoration).
HA, that's a great picture....caught them all jumping up in the air they're all airborne, great timing!!! ? ?:eek:

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