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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 May 1941........

1st May 1941. Rudolf Hess meets with Spanish leaders. Ribbentrop 48th birthday.

May Day is a bank holiday, but for these workers and the soldiers at the front it is their choice to continue working

2nd May 1941. Churchill called to question about the British failure in Greece.

Publisher Amann, Post Master Ohnesorge and aircraft engineer Messerschmidt have all been awarded the title "Pioneers of Work".

3rd May 1941. The last British troops are chased out of Greece. The Bagdad government prepares for a British attack.

4th May 1941. Annoucement that 1 million tons of British shipping sunk in April. Heavy fighting at Tobruk. Uprising against the British in Iraq.

Dr.Ley with Spanish guests at the Berghof

5th May 1941. Parade in Greece for Feldmarschall List. Stukas over Tobruk. Heavy bombing of Liverpool.

6th May 1941. Wellington bomber shot down over Basra. huge damage to Belfast during Luftwaffe raid. Five RAF aircraft shot down over southern England, one Luftwaffe fighter lost.

Basra harbour in Iraq

7th May 1941. Luftwaffe attacks on Clyde and Mersey, Glasgow hit hard. The British lose 12 Spitfires and Hurricanes to no German loses on south coast.

8th May 1941. Heavy raids on English ports, Plymouth and Newcastle hit hard. Oakleaves to the Knights Cross for the Luftwaffe´s Oberleutnant Münchenberg.

9th May 1941. Dramatic air battles on the English coast. North America is Churchill´s last hope. 40.000 tons of shipping sunk.

Hitler Youth Leader Axmann visits Dutch youth in Amsterdam

10th May 1941. 1st anniv. of the France campaign. Halifax says he still intends to march to Berlin. Four more RAF machines shot down on the Channel Front.

11th May 1941. Italian air force hit British ships including a cruiser and shoot down 12 aircraft. Churchill has to admit to the loss of a further 500.000 tons of shipping.

General Wavell visits British troops on Crete getting ready to go to Greece

12th May 1941. Revenge raids on London. U-Boats sink 29.800 tons of shipping.

SS-Obersturmführer Preiss, whos name will always be linked to the breakthrough at Klidi Pass in Greece

The Blockade Runners Badge, authorised by the Führer on 1st April 1941

13th May 1941. Milos island captured, 118 British POWs taken. Hess missing, last seen at Augsburg airfield, feared crashed. London burns all night.

14th May 1941. Darlan (Vichy France) visits Hitler. Hess insane lands in Scotland. U-Boats sink 13 ships, 76.248 tons.

15th May 1941. Daring Stuka attack on shipping near Bengazi. Important harbours in England bombed.

16th May 1941. U-Boats active in North Atlantic. Luftwaffe raid Malta.

17th May 1941. Iron Cross first class for General Gariboldi. Day and night raids on British airfields.

Italian ambassador Alfieri at his desk in the new building in the Tiergartenstrasse in Berlin

18th May 1941. 50.000 tons of shipping sunk. HMS Renown damaged.

19th May 1941. Duke of Spoleto crowned king of Croatia. 1st anniv. of the liberation of Eupen and Malmedy.

The Duke of Spoleto, the new king of Croatia

20th May 1941. Wall Street wants to place the world in chains. The Luftwaffe strike out hard. Another 11 ships have been damaged or sunk.

21st May 1941. U-Boats sink 33.000 tons. Vichy France will defend Syria.

22nd May 1941. RAF bomb Bagdad and Mossul. London is critical of Vichy France.

23rd May 1941. Four British cruisers sunk. Tobruk bombed. Iraqis bomb Amman.

General Rommel, commander of the ground forces in Africa, in talks with the Italian General Gariboldi

The Führer with Hauptmann Joppien and Oberleutnant Müncheberg, both pilots have been awarded the Oakleaves to the Knights Cross, both have 40 kills

24th May 1941. U-Boats sink 110.300 tons. Victory for the Luftwaffe in Africa. Iraqis recapture Faluja.

Günter Prien promoted to Korvettenkapitän

25th May 1941. Fallschirmjäger battle for Crete since 20th May 1941. Battleship Bismarck sinks the HMS Hood. Günther Prien´s U-Boat lost at sea.

Battleship HMS Hood

26th May 1941. Important parts of Crete in Fallschirmjäger hands. Three Knights Crosses awarded to U-Boat captains. SA march through Strassbourg.

Admiral Lutjens, captain of the Bismarck

27th May 1941. 11 Royal Naval Cruisers sunk off Crete. Crete and Hood, both signs of final victory. Britain lost in HMS Hood, 1.300 men and a ship worth 125 million Reichsmark in just a few minutes! 

The German battleship Bismarck, hits from her guns destroyed the biggest battleship in the world (HMS Hood)

28th May 1941. Since the 16th May U-Boats have sunk 262.000 tons of British shipping. Battleship Bismarck sunk during battle with the British fleet.

29th May 1941. More advances in Crete, mountain troops are now in the battle too. Halfaya Pass in Egypt has been captured.

30th May 1941. Five British ships have been sunk in the north Atlantic. british lose 52.000 tons of shipping.

OKW Radio Report: The Fallschirmjäger have tried to keep the fighting on Crete clean, but partisans have made this impossible, also Mr Churchill has not helped by spreading the lie that German paras have jumped wearing the enemies uniforms!

Crete now in our hands, onwards to victory!

Generaloberst von Küchler is 60 years old

31st May 1941. The German boxer Max Schmeling (Fallschirmjäger in Crete) reports seeing British soldiers shooting German paras in mid air before they could land. The battle has been decided on Crete. Iraq forces attacked by British tanks.