Bigger Bombs, Yet

It is an axiom that if you need to explain the joke, it’s probably not an effective one. Likewise with illustration, if it needs an explanation, then it’s probably not effective either. Here the illustrated relative increase of the British Royal Air Force Bomber Command’s all-out war on Nazi Germany and their industry is a…

Fair Flak

Today we have a children’s board game. The boxtop is pretty clear, it’s a Nazi German anti-aircraft game. Entitled ‘Adler Luftverteidigungsspiel’ (Eagles Air Defence Game) the box depicts a German 88mm Flak gun shooting down a British Bristol Blenheim Mk.IV (a favourite ‘target’ of German propaganda). The story, thanks to Board Game Geeks website: ‘This…

Fighting Fuel

Today’s Poster, an unusual topic for the blog so far, though a common war theme, featuring an exhortation to conserve fuel for the war effort. But here it’s the Nazi German war effort: ‘Spare Gas für die Rüstung’ : ‘Save Gas for Weapons’ by Willy Petzold (1885-1978). The composition is interesting, the domestic gas ring…

Night-Light-Mare

Two similar themed nightmarish civil defence warning posters issued by German authorities. The first has a skeleton riding a British Bristol Blenheim, while the lower one a very approximate American-starred four-engined bomber above a bomb-spitting skeleton. Turn those lights out! James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Stuka! One – Shiny

  Here’s something you don’t see every day. A full size model (FSM) replica of the iconic German Blitzkrieg too the Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber. Here in the sculpture garden of Burghley House, in the UK. As reported recently in Militaria & History, it ‘is called Down Two Earth and is an 11m…

Want to buy a warplane?

Today’s advertisement seems standard enough. The interesting thing is it’s an advertisement from a German company offering the Henschel Hs 126 military observation aircraft in Flight, the British published aviation magazine, in 1938. Less than two years later British airmen would be attacking the type in Blitzkreg of May 1940. Were Henschel serious about sales,…

Massed Mercs

A wartime advertisement by Mercedes Benz. What’s interesting, I think is the style and approach is similar to many other advertisements, showing the massed ranks for the company’s vehicles (here the half track and staff cars from the company, and the Heinkel He 111 bombers powered by Daimler Benz engines). However, the knowledge that the…

Polish Knights

Today’s Poster. The invasion of Poland in September of 1939, by Nazi Germany and soon after, Stalin’s Soviet Russia, was the start of what became known as the Second World War. (China and Japan had been fighting in 1937, and the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan brought the USA into the war in 1941.)…