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So people get the idea, some examples that would be considered offensive, numbered as above:
  1. "Hitler", "Beria"
  2. "NKVD Blocking Detachment", "Einsatzgruppen"
  3. This one should be pretty obvious...
  4. So should this - and it includes calling all Germans "Nazis" and all Soviets/Russians "Commies". It got boring 50 years ago, so stop it.
  5. Use of swastikas, fasces, SS-runes and so on for the Axis.
  6. There is actually very little overt symbolism from the Stalinist era; the hammer-and-sickle isn't offensive per se.
A simple rule-of-thumb: many Europeans find Nazi symbolism of any sort offensive; many Americans still find Soviet symbolism offensive. Engage your brain before using.




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  • Colorised Photos of WW2

    I wanted to share a very cool Facebook page

    WW2 Colourised Photos

    Their latest post really grabbed my attention for its quality and historical information



    A Sniper (scharfsch
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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215750/?ref_=nv_sr_1

    Jude Laws code, have sex with Rachel Weisz

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      Colorised Photos of Soviet Men and Women of The Great Patriotic War



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        Originally posted by nymets1104 View Post
        I wanted to share a very cool Facebook page


        Thanks you for sharing this page. It really is a wonderful resource to look through.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by zakarro View Post
          http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0215750/?ref_=nv_sr_1

          jude laws code, have sex with rachel weisz :d
          :d
          PSN: mistincat

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            A young German Leutnant (Lieutenant) and his crew with their Panzer IV Ausf. H of the 22nd Pz. Regt., 21st Pz. Division resting outside 50, Boulevard des Belges, Rouen, France, late in the afternoon of the (*25th of August 1944.)

            "The crew of the PzKpfw IV seen on the background, seem to be listening attentively to someone off camera. The man on the right, with only his head showing, is not part of the crew, he's sitting on the passenger's seat of a Schwimmwagen (the MG mount is visible bottom left) that had just arrived at the spot. This is one of several close-ups of this particular panzer crew, taken by KB Karl M
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              Lt. Col. Robert Wolverton, C/O 3 Btn, 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, checking his gear before boarding the C-47 "Dakota", 8Y-S, "Stoy Hora" of the 440th Troop Carrier Squadron at an airfield in Exeter, England.
              The evening of the 5th of June 1944.

              On that evening in June 1944, he gathered his men in an orchard adjacent to what is now Exeter airport, and said:

              "Men, I am not a religious man and I don't know your feelings in this matter, but I am going to ask you to pray with me for the success of the mission before us. And while we pray, let us get on our knees and not look down but up with faces raised to the sky so that we can see God and ask his blessing in what we are about to do.

              "God almighty, in a few short hours we will be in battle with the enemy. We do not join battle afraid. We do not ask favors or indulgence but ask that, if You will, use us as Your instrument for the right and an aid in returning peace to the world.

              "We do not know or seek what our fate will be. We ask only this, that if die we must, that we die as men would die, without complaining, without pleading and safe in the feeling that we have done our best for what we believed was right.

              "Oh Lord, protect our loved ones and be near us in the fire ahead and with us now as we pray to you."

              Sadly, within hours, the orator himself was dead; a cruel twist of fate meant his feet never touched French soil.
              Lt Col Robert L Wolverton (aged 30), was killed by ground fire and left suspended by his parachute from an apple tree in an orchard just north of the hamlet of St C
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                Well apparently Hotlinking these FB pics was a bad idea...

                I will add them as attachments from now on.

                "Coast Guardsmen haul a sailor up over the side during a sweep across the English Channel at the height of the invasion of the French coast. The survivor was aboard a small vessel which was sent to the bottom when it hit a German mine. Coast Guard rescue craft saved hundreds of invaders thrown into the channel waters during the early hours of the liberation attacks on the Normandy coast." June 1944

                (Source - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland 26-G-2378)

                (Colorized by Lori Lang from the USA)
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                  SS-Obersturmbannf
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                  • #10
                    Not Colorised, but a moving photo none the less:



                    Taken from The Vintage News
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                    Definitely not an arranged or posed picture and therefore a rather rare example. These three men obviously return from a very recent fight, in which the officer in the middle has been wounded on his right hand or arm. Note the blood stains over the uniforms and the very agitated look in their eyes. They don
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                      Some time had passed, memories
                      can ho vinhome ba son , celadon city , sunrise riverside, thiet ke noi that

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                        [SIZE="4"]German soldiers with a Panzerb
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                            Tanks from 11th Armoured Division advancing to Moscow, November 1941.
                            Armour will not protect cowardly heart - 10th Motorized Cavalry Brigade, precursor of 1st Polish Armoured Division
                            The engine of a Panzer is a weapon just like the main gun - Gen. Heinz Guderian

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                              Soviet soldiers of 248th Separate Infantry Brigade greet Russian civilians of a kolkhoz (collective farm) west of Kursk.
                              February 1943

                              Within five months, the Battle of Kursk would begin with the German offensive Operation Citadel (German: Unternehmen Zitadelle).
                              The German offensive was countered by two Soviet counter-offensives, Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev and Operation Kutuzov.
                              For the Germans, the battle represented the final strategic offensive they were able to mount in the east. For the Soviets, the victory would give the Soviet Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war. Near Kursk, Kursk Oblast, Russia, Soviet Union.

                              (Image taken by Simon Friedland.)

                              (Colorized by Konstantin Fiev from Russia)
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