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Bismarck in dry dock 1939

Photograph taken on board the German pocket battleship GRAF SPEE in May 1939 in Lisbon. GRAF SPEE entered the Tagus on the morning of May 6, 1939 as part of a German squadron of 10 ships on a courtesy visit to the Tagus. This famous ship, which would be lost months later in the South Atlantic following the battle of Rio da Prata, docked at the Rocha do Conde de Óbidos pier.

(From the blog of ships and the sea by Luis Miguel Correia)
Yamato Leaving Tokio Bay to Join the battle of Midway
German field marshal (Generalfeldmarschall) Erwin Rommel studies a map with his staff officers in North Africa in August, 1942.
The Junkers Ju 390, a German aircraft, was developed as a long-range variant of the Junkers Ju 290. It was designed for use as a heavy transport, maritime patrol aircraft, and long-range bomber.

This model was among the submissions for the ultimately unsuccessful Amerikabomber project, alongside other designs like the Messerschmitt Me 264, the Focke-Wulf Ta 400, and the Heinkel He 277.
Winged version of the Nazi V-2 in a launching position somewhere in Germany. It was expected by German experts that the wings would add greatly to the range of the V-2. This weapon was studied by the Navy Technical Mission in Europe. Photograph released November 19. 1945.
You want big? You have got big! Japanese battleship Musashi. The Yamato-class ships were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed, displacing almost 72,000 long tons (73,000 t) fully loaded and armed with nine 460-millimetre (18.1 in) main guns. Their secondary armament consisted of four 155-millimetre (6.1 in) triple-gun turrets formerly used by the Mogami-class cruisers. They were equipped with six or seven floatplanes to conduct reconnaissance.
Soviet IS-2 tanks on the Hermann-Göring-Straße (today: Ebertstraße) in Berlin; 1945.
To keep profile drag to a minimum, the pilot had to fly the Ho-IV in the prone position. The Horten H.IV was a German tailless flying wing glider in which the pilot was to lie in a prone position to reduce the frontal area, and hence drag. It was designed by Reimar and Walter Horten in Göttingen. Four were built between 1941 and 1943. They were flown in a number of unofficial competitions in Germany during World War II. After the war the flying examples were transported to the United Kingdom and the United States where several contest successes were achieved.
German Deutschland-class battleship KMS Schleswig-Holstein firing the first shots of World War II at Westerplatte, Danzig (Gdańsk), on the morning of September 1, 1939.
WW2 photograph showing captured German Luftwaffe aircraft onboard the HMS Reaper being shipped back to England for examination and testing.


Lisunov Li-2NB, a Russian copy of the DC-3 built in Russia and used as a Night Bomber.

This particular version was produced in 1944 with minimal changes to the standard bomber version, but those changes included: moving the bomb aimer/navigator to behind the left side pilot, the bombsight was moved to the emergency door area and the emergency door itself was removed and convex glass installed instead. There were three guns for defence; dorsal turret housing a 12.7mm heavy machine gun and a gun either side of the side (towards the aft) housing a 7.62mm gun.

It also could carry four 250lb bombs on a centreline mounting- these being mounted abreast rather than astern like normal bombers, this being that the wing mounting spar was the strongest part of the aircraft.

Smaller bombs could be carried internally and dropped by crew lobbing them out of the cargo door, though accuracy was not a factor here.
WW2 photograph showing captured German Luftwaffe aircraft onboard the HMS Reaper being shipped back to England for examination and testing.

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The Me 262 with bulges in the foreground is a photo reconnaissance variant, I believe.
Great pics :)
Here's another pic from a different view

Recovered as part of Operation Lusty (see below)
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