Photos From The Eastern Front During The WWII

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This is the adorable Lieutenant-General Gerhard “Gerd” Barkhorn (19191983), who wasn’t so adorable if you were flying for the Allies in World War II. Gerd was the second most successful fighter ace of all time after fellow Luftwaffe pilot Erich Hartmann, another history crush. Gerd flew 1,104 combat sorties, was credited with 301 victories on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Red Air Force, and survived the war after a brief stint as an Allied prisoner of war in 1945.

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