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Die hier gezeigten Abzeichen sind zu edukativen Zwecken dargestellt, aus diesem Grund sind sie nicht abgedeckt. Weiterhin möchte ich auf den folgenden Discliamer aufmerksam machen:

Disclaimer: Die hier gezeigten Abbildungen aus der Zeit des "Dritten Reiches", u.a. mit dem damals obligatorischen "Hakenkreuz", dienen der Berichterstattung über Vorgänge des Zeitgeschehens, der staatsbürgerlichen Aufklärung sowie Forschung und Lehre (§ 86a, 86 StGB)

The following is the news headlines as reported in the German "Rheinische Landeszeitung" newspaper April 1941........

1st April 1941. English pirate attack on a Vichy French convoy near Algeria. A German village in Yugoslavia is set on fire and Italian community in Yugoslavia is also attacked.

2nd April 1941. More German refugees leave Yugoslavia as more German communities and villages in Yugoslavia are set on fire.

The new Luftwaffe aircraft the FW189

Supply convoy arrives in Tripoli including transports containing more German troops

3rd April 1941. The English have lost 110 million tons of oil due to tanker sinkings in the last few days. The situation in Yugoslavia is getting worse, yet more attacks on German civilians in Yugoslavia.

War artists go to the front

4th April 1941. The Afrika Korps take Agedabia. The Kriegsmarine sink a further 20.000 tons of shipping.

German civilian refugees leaving Yugoslavia

Gefreiter Brinkforth is the latest Knights Cross holder

5th April 1941. The British evacuate Bengazi. Bristol bombed and 98.616 tons of British shipping sunk.

6th April 1941. England and the USA are on their way to forming a union. 718.000 tons of shipping was sunk in March 1941.

7th April 1941. The Führer speaks to the German people. Punishment for the Belgrade traitors. Order of the Day issued to troops on the new south-east front. Belgrade is bombed, 24 Yugoslav aircraft shot down and 44 destroyed on the ground. English troops in Yugoslavia.

The actor Emil Jannings has been presented with the "Honour Ring of the German Film Industry" by Josef Goebbels in Berlin. Jannings stared in the film "Ohm Krüger", a film about the Boer war in south Africa.

8th April 1941. The fight in Yugoslavia continues, 89 aircraft destroyed. 

German troops advancing into Yugoslavia, the picture illustrates the difficulties of the road conditions and curves.

9th April 1941. Even in difficult road conditions the advance goes forward. Britain breaks off diplomatic relations with Hungary. 9 Serbian aircraft attack a Hungarian town.

Our troops pass a burning Serbian border control post

Luftwaffe Oberfeldwebel and NSDAP Kreisleiter for Düsseldorf, Ernst Schwarz fell for Germany. Announcement placed in the newspaper by Gauleiter Florian.

10th April 1941. In North Africa 2000 british captured including 6 generals. Deciding victory at Barda valley in Albania. Surrender of the Greek eastern army. Nisch captured. 20.000 POWs taken in southern Serbia. Marburg fallen. The Drau has been crossed.

One of a large number of old bridges in Serbia, built in the old Turkish times.

11th April 1941. Attacks on Birmingham and Newcastle. British lose 23 aircraft in two days. 49.000 tons of British shipping sunk. material captured in Serbia, Greece and North Africa. RAF bomb Berlin.

Greek defences, bunkers and large lines of barbed wire

12th April 1941. The enemy in southern Serbia has been destroyed. 40.000 POWs taken, 200 artillery guns captured. Croatia on the way to freedom and independence. Hungarian troops enter Serbia. Birmingham bombed.

The Greeks destroyed a lot of bridges, but German engineers have built replacements within a few hours

Waffen-SS troops are greeted wherever they go in the Balkans, these troops are on their way to the front and are passing through Budapest in Hungary

Easter Edition, April 1941. German troops have almost reached Belgrade. Serbian North Army is breaking up. Hungarian troops have crossed the Drau. Croatia has proclaimed its independence. Five ships sunk, 24.000 tons. Bristol and Portsmouth bombed.

15th April 1941. Most of the Yugoslav army destroyed, Belgrade taken. Serbian mounted troops against German panzers. U-boat sinks an auxiliary cruiser of 10.000 tons. A further 33.000 tons sunk by the Luftwaffe. In North Africa the Afrika Korps take Fort Capuzzo and Sollum.

The German community in Yugoslavia bring the German troops tea, bread and cigarettes

The railway station forecourt in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, population of 150.000 people

General O´Connor is now a POW. The British HQ in Cairo confirm that Lt.Gen. Richard O´Connor is in fact one of the three Generals captured in  Lybia. The general was the right hand of General Wavell

16th April 1941. British troops are pushed back in northern Greece. 35.000 tons of shipping have been sunk in the harbour of Piräus by the Luftwaffe. The remains of the Serbian army has been encircled.

The Gauleiter of Kärntens and Krain, Yugoslav areas which have been incorperated into the German Reich.

German troops enter the Metaxas Line in northern Greece

17th April 1941. SS-Hauptsturmführer Klingenberg in Belgade, nine men capture the Yugoslav capital, men fron the "Reich" Division. Four big ships sunk in Piräus and a further 17 ships damaged. Uncountable quantities of captured war materials in Serbia.

18th April 1941. Huge air attack on London, fire storm seen over London Docks.

Six British generals captured in Lybia near Derna. On their way to Germany. The JU52 has made a stop to refuel

19th April 1941. Yugoslavia defeated in 12 days. The British rob Yugoslavia and Greece of their gold.

A Wehrmacht mot. column in Serbia, on the right are Serbian POWs

20th April 1941. Adolf Hitler speaks to Europe on his birthday.

Adolf Hitler with Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS soldiers...

21st April 1941. 245.000 POWs taken in Greece and Yugoslavia. Second large raid  on London. Speech by Rudolf Hess and Hermann Goering.

22nd April 1941. Iraq to be occupied by British troops. The German war flag flies on Olympus. King Boris of Bulgaria visits the Führer.

23rd April 1941. British Empire troops start to evacuate Greece, a new Dunkirk. The Italian Ciano visits the Führer.

24th April 1941. Churchill visits the King, Australian critic on the Balkan adventure, Churchill must defend his position in the House of Commons.

Peace talks in Belgrade, General Weichs for Germany, with others representing Hungary, Italy and Yugoslavia.

25th April 1941. After a total defeat in the Balkans Churchill is fighting for his political life. Five more transports have been sunk.

26th April 1941. Churchill pleads with Roosevelt to join the war, calls for the USA to join the war by Knox (US Navy Chief) and Hull ( US Foreign Minister). 40% of the US supplies to Britain have been sunk. Has Churchill planed a landing in Portugal?

27th April 1941. The Führer in Marburg (formerly part of Yugoslavia). Another attack on Tobruk.

28th April 1941. Athens, Corinth and Patras have fallen. At the last hour Roosevelt offers help to Greece, too late.

Corinth in Greece

The bridge at Corinth that was vital for the Fallschirmjäger

29th April 1941. Knights Cross for U-Boat engineer Oberleutnant Zuern. Churchills blood rage, "70 million Huns must be killed!"

30th April 1941. Knights Cross for S-Boat Commander Oberleutnant zur See Feldt. Successful S-boat attacks off the Dover coast. 900 English POWs taken at Corinth. More Italian and German air attacks on Malta. Heavy critic against Churchill in the Australian Parlement by members who had served in Gallipoli in 1915.

Grossadmiral Raeder and Reichsminister Todt visit the Atlantic Front