A pair of lend-lease P-63s flying over Niagara Falls at some point in 1943.
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The Kursk battle also saw wider use of the PzKw VI, the ‘Tiger I’ tank. It was a kick-ass tank with an unreliable engine. Against the T-34 (also kick ass, but with a reliable engine and standard equipped with a hammer to move the gear shift - what respectable tank doesn’t have a hammer to change gears), the Tiger could hold its own but was easily outnumbered as the war went on.
Danger close. Both the Pe-2 and Il-2 were extremely effective attack aircraft. The Il-2 was actually called “The Black Death” by the Germans.
The PzKw IV, in service with the German army through most of the war. It was the workhorse of the armored force.
Several examples of the Panzerkampfwagen V (PzKw V, Panzer V), better known as the ‘Panther’ tank. Hitler kept delaying Operation Citadel partially to allow more examples of this tank to reach the front.
Several T-34s rolling forward. I love everything about this picture.
“Stalin’s Organ”, the Katyusha rocket artillery weapon, which was approved for production June 21st, 1941 - one day before Germany invaded.
Field Marshal Erich von Manstein and his son, then a Lieutenant.
The Battle of Kursk, July-August 1943.
This involved the largest tank battle in history at Prokhorovka, the costliest days in the history of aerial warfare, and a lot of other things that made the fight absolute batshit. I had a post with a pretty good summary of the battle, but my laptop died. All of you have eyes and brilliant minds - read up on that shit if you don’t already know.
Soviet fliers and an American pilot standing next to the P-39 Airacobra.
Alexander Pokryshkin, high ranking Soviet ace.
Ivan Kozhedub, the top ace of both the Soviets and Allies in general in the Second World War.
A Soviet factory cranking out Yak fighters around 1942.
P-40s flying for the Soviet Air Force.