Group photo of the German submariners on the deck of a German U-boat of “wolf packs” of Admiral Karl Dönitz. For more information: “1168 submarine took part in the hostilities, and 781 of them had been sunk. Of the total number of personnel of the German submarine fleet to 39,000 people died 28,000 and 5,000 captured. The loss amounted to 85 percent of all personnel”. Herbert Werner. Loss greater than in the infantry.
Yekaterina Budanova of the USSR claimed 11 total kills of which solo) in her career as a combat pilot, making her one of the war's two female fighter aces. She was shot down in 1943 and was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Russian Federation in
strongNot published in LIFE./strong LIFE correspondent Percy Knauth, left, sifts through debris in the shallow trench in the garden of the Reich Chancellery where, Knauth was told, the bodies of Hitler and Eva Braun were burned after their suicides.
The Fort l'Écluse (or Fort de l'Écluse) is close to the village of Collonges, Ain in Eastern France. It commands the Rhone valley and is a natural entrance into France from Switzerland between the Vuache hills and the Jura Mountains.