German soldiers in Calais
German soldiers enjoying a leave in Calais. In the summer of 1940 the military of the Wehrmacht had the feeling of being invincible.

German 210-millimeter railway cannon in Normandy
A German 210-millimeter cannon mounted on railway carriage fires from the area of Calais towards Dover. In the coasts of the Pass of Calais, shortest distance between France and England, the Germans deployed many railway artillery pieces of large caliber to bombard the British facilities located on the other side of the pass. To the barrel of the cannon shown on this photograph has been installed an extension to increase its standard range to distances of up to 110-115 kilometers.

German artillery piece of large caliber in Normandy
A German fixed artillery piece of large caliber, emplaced next to the Pass of Calais, is ready for sending its projectiles beyond the cliffs of Dover. The effect of the artillery used against the British facilities at the other side of to the pass was mainly psychological.

British seaplane bomber Short Sunderland
A Short Sunderland seaplane bomber in service with the Royal Air Force Coastal Command. The movilization against the much feared German landing was absolute in England.

German heavy fighter Messerschmitt Me Bf 110
A Messerschmitt Me Bf 110 flying towards England. This aircraft, mistakenly used as bomber, was considered mediocre by many; actually it was an optimal heavy fighter and as such it achieved brilliant results until the end of the conflict.

German aviators during the Battle of Britain
A German squadron commander gives the last instructions to the crewmen before taking off for a mission during the Battle of Britain.

:: Return to Index :: :: Next page ::