A Ju 87 Stuka tactical bomber starting an attack against Polish forces. Poland only could resist the German - and Soviet - agression during 25 days, after which their capital Warsaw was captured.
In a German base of the Luftwaffe, the ground staff places the bombs to a formation of Ju 87 Stuka
bombers. These were designed as tactical bombers, meant to destroy specific targets, such as bridges, ships, tanks or gun positions. They were lethal to enemy tanks, especially when armed with two 37 mm cannons placed under their wings.
German soldiers fighting in the streets of Oslo. The blitz against Norway was resolved in a couple of days. The occupation of Norway was considered as a key factor in the war against England.
German soldiers attacking a French position with a small caliber cannon. Before being sweep away by the Wehrmacht and its supporting Luftwaffe, the French army was considered as the most powerful on the world. But they weren't prepared for the modern war that Germany was putting into practice.
The tank Char B was in service with the French Army when Germany invaded France. Albeit not exempt
of flaws, this tank could endure the encounters with the German panzers.
A Ju 87 Stuka tactical bomber performing a dive bombing against Polish forces.
A German infantry watchs the enemy lines in an outpost on the Siegfried Line. The Germans didn't designed their defensive line for a static defense, but for a defense based in manoeuvres, where the fixed positions would support the mobile forces on a defense rather temporal. The Sigfried Line was different from the Maginot Line; it was based on dispersion and camouflage rather that in armor and barriers.
A German infantry attacks with a flamethrower a French bunker on the Maginot Line. The obsolete
mentality of the French strategists didn't expected that the German mechanized armies would flank so
easily their defensive belt. In a matter of some weeks France was invaded.
A howitzer crosses a bridge mounted over inflatable rafts by the German engineers. The use of floating bridges greatly facilitated the advance of the Wehrmacht into France and Belgium.