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~ THE FALL OF THE REICH ~





V-1 missile

Germany put on the secret weapons their last hopes to give a turn to the fate of the war. This photo shows a V-1 missile in flight. This missile was essentially an aircraft without human pilot propelled by a rocket. It was guided by a gyroscopic device and travelled along its path like an aircraft, being its speed not higher to the speed reached by the best fighters of its time, so sometimes these missiles were intercepted by fighters that would destabilize their course by touching them with their wings.

Short Stirling bombers

Three Short Stirling heavy bombers of the Royal Air Force, photographed on the last stages of the war, when the allied air forces devastated many towns and cities in Germany in a serie of terrorist bombings aimed to force the surrendering of Germany, but also planned as reprisal attacks.

AW 38 Whitley bomber

The ground personnel inspects the engines of a AW 38 Whitley bomber from the Royal Air Force, before leaving for a raid against a German city. Germany suffered the most brutal bombing of the entire conflict at Dresde, where probably more than 150000 people were killed by the bombs. Only the American bombings over Tokio could compare to this episode of devastation.

Messerschmitt Bf 109

A Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter operating during the night. Unlike Japan, Germany still possessed significant air forces during the last stages of the war, which caused heavy losses on the allied bombers. When the allies decided to do their bombings during night time, the Luftwaffe responded by arming night fighters that were equipped with radar devices and special oblique cannons that could allow the fighters to destroy the bombers without having to aim their noses - where the radars were installed - towards them.

Messerschmitt Bf 110

In a rare moment of calm, two German pilots converse under the nose of a Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter, in expectancy of being alerted for an incursion against the Soviet columns that now press on the very German boundaries.

V-2 missile

The V-2 missile was totally different from the V-1, being much more effective but also expensive. This missile would be launched from a vertical launch position and would reach an altitude of around 100 km before inverting its position and starting to fall towards its objective with a considerable precision at an speed of around 5500 km/h, that made these missiles invulnerable to any anti-aircraft defense or aircraft.

Focke Wulf 58C Weihe

A herd of reindeer grazes with indiferency next to an improvised runway in Karelia, where a German liaison aircraft Focke Wulf 58C Weihe waits for the next travel. Finland was a loyal ally of Germany until its small forces couldn't resist anymore the Soviet agressions, that had started with the failed and illegal Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939/40.

B-17 heavy bombers

A squadron of B-17 heavy bombers flying over Germany. The allied aviation reduced drastically the industrial power of Germany and caused hundred thousands of deaths, but still, the capitulation only was achieved when Berlin was captured by the Soviet terrestrial forces.

Supermarine Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire, built in many successive versions, was the first-line fighter of the Royal Air Force during all the war. The increasing activity of the allied fighter aviation on German territory reduced progressively the danger for the bombers on their raids.



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