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German soldier with dog.

German soldier with dog.

Eastern Front, Operation Citadel, June-July 1943: Military police element pauses for directions. Citadel was Hitler's last great gamble in Russia that led to the Battle of Kursk, the biggest ever clash of armor in history. While the Germans held the advantage, the Soviet counter-attacks finally neutralized it. Both sides suffered enormously, but it was the Germans who suffered most because they could largely not replace what they lost.

Eastern Front, Operation Citadel, June-July 1943: Military police element pauses for directions. Citadel was Hitler's last great gamble in Russia that led to the Battle of Kursk, the biggest ever clash of armor in history. While the Germans held the advantage, the Soviet counter-attacks finally neutralized it. Both sides suffered enormously, but it was the Germans who suffered most because they could largely not replace what they lost.

Eastern Front, Operation Citadel, June-July 1943: Military police element pauses for directions. Citadel was Hitler's last great gamble in Russia that led to the Battle of Kursk, the biggest ever clash of armor in history. While the Germans held the advantage, the Soviet counter-attacks finally neutralized it. Both sides suffered enormously, but it was the Germans who suffered most because they could largely not replace what they lost.

Eastern Front, Operation Citadel, June-July 1943: Military police element pauses for directions. Citadel was Hitler's last great gamble in Russia that led to the Battle of Kursk, the biggest ever clash of armor in history. While the Germans held the advantage, the Soviet counter-attacks finally neutralized it. Both sides suffered enormously, but it was the Germans who suffered most because they could largely not replace what they lost.

German troops (with Panzer IV G) in Caucasus Mountains.

German troops (with Panzer IV G) in Caucasus Mountains.

A German soldier with a puppy and a horse

A German soldier with a puppy and a horse

Humiliated: A French woman accused of sleeping with Germans has her head shaved by neighbors in a village near Marseilles

Humiliated: A French woman accused of sleeping with Germans has her head shaved by neighbors in a village near Marseilles

Soldier's Goodbye Kiss in World War I

Soldier's Goodbye Kiss in World War I

The dead German soldier in this June 1944 photo was one of the "last stand" defenders of German-held Cherbourg. Captain Earl Topley, right, who led one of the first American units into the city on June 27, said the German had killed three of his men.

The dead German soldier in this June 1944 photo was one of the "last stand" defenders of German-held Cherbourg. Captain Earl Topley, right, who led one of the first American units into the city on June 27, said the German had killed three of his men.

Marlene Dietrich, "a German who had renounced her country following the rise of the Nazis and rejected Hitler's request that she return--became an ardent and fearless supporter of the Allied Forces, performing hundreds of times for the troops as near the war zone as she could get." " When asked why she had traveled to war zones to entertain and comfort Allied troops, she famously and simply replied, "aus Anstand." "It was the decent thing to do.""

Marlene Dietrich, "a German who had renounced her country following the rise of the Nazis and rejected Hitler's request that she return--became an ardent and fearless supporter of the Allied Forces, performing hundreds of times for the troops as near the war zone as she could get." " When asked why she had traveled to war zones to entertain and comfort Allied troops, she famously and simply replied, "aus Anstand." "It was the decent thing to do.""