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12th SS Panzer Division in Normandy,1944

12.SS Pz.-Div. "Hitler Youth"

Operation Barbarossa - Invasion of Soviet Union
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Operation Barbarossa 1941

Amazing rare newsreel footage of German heaviest artillery, "Thor" and "Schwerer Gustav" in action against Soviet fortress of Sebastopol in 1942. The rail-mounted 800mm "Schwerer Gustav" was the largest artillery piece ever built.  

 



This video trailer above by Timeline Films, LLC, tells the story of Soviet female aviators in World War Two. With the Germans advancing on Moscow in October 1941, Stalin reluctantly agreed to set up three female flying regiments, of which the most memorable was the 588th Night Bomber Regiment (later known as the "Taman" Guards Night Bomber Aviation Regiment). These brave women flew obsolete wood-and-canvas Po-2 bi-planes on bombing missions over German lines beginning in 1942. The Germans called them the "NIGHT WITCHES" (Nachthexen). Although these bombing missions rarely caused serious German losses, they drove the Germans crazy by keeping them up at night! By the end of the war, 23 of these female aviators had earned the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, while 30 of the regiment's pilots perished in combat. (I am grateful to Ms Andi Hicks, one of the project organizers, for furnishing me this wonderful video.)