The Rückmarsch - the retreat - for those that managed toextricate themselves from the pocket led east and north-eastwards across France. One major obstacle lay in the way -the Seine. Unfordable and with all bridges down, the Germanwere forced to rely on boats and rafts. The main crossing pointwas at Rouen and Bourgtheroulde was the last big town beforereaching the river. There a German war cameraman recordedthe scenes of an army in defeat.

The Rückmarsch - the retreat - for those that managed to
extricate themselves from the pocket led east and north-
eastwards across France. One major obstacle lay in the way -
the Seine. Unfordable and with all bridges down, the German
were forced to rely on boats and rafts. The main crossing point
was at Rouen and Bourgtheroulde was the last big town before
reaching the river. There a German war cameraman recorded
the scenes of an army in defeat.

Tank 213 from the 2. Kompanie, schwere Panzer Abteilung 503,passes along the Grand Rue of Bourgtheroulde, the N138, in thedirection of Rouen.The Seine is only seven kilometres away.Little do the crews realise that they will find no heavy rafts andno way of crossing. Their efforts to save their Tigers to fightanother day will have been in vain

Tank 213 from the 2. Kompanie, schwere Panzer Abteilung 503,
passes along the Grand Rue of Bourgtheroulde, the N138, in the
direction of Rouen.The Seine is only seven kilometres away.
Little do the crews realise that they will find no heavy rafts and
no way of crossing. Their efforts to save their Tigers to fight
another day will have been in vain

Normandy

Normandy

Neatly perforated barrel of a PzKpfw IV Ausf H alongside a type B or C of Panzer Regiment 22

Neatly perforated barrel of a PzKpfw IV Ausf H alongside a type B or C of Panzer Regiment 22

A seemingly dispirited machine gunnerhitches a ride on a Panther engine deck

A seemingly dispirited machine gunner
hitches a ride on a Panther engine deck

PzKpfw IIIs of 11.Panzer Division each carry a squad of infantrymen

PzKpfw IIIs of 11.Panzer Division each carry a squad of infantrymen

PaK 37door knocker

PaK 37door knocker

Reconnaissance Battalion from SS Division “Das Reich» (Das Reich) tank group “Guderian” on the outskirts of the burning of the village, in July 1941. In the foreground is a light armored vehicle Sd.Kfz. 221.

Reconnaissance Battalion from SS Division Das Reich» (Das Reich) tank group Guderian on the outskirts of the burning of the village, in July 1941.

In the foreground is a light armored vehicle Sd.Kfz. 221.

Finnish heavy anti-aircraft battery opens fire. Helsenki, November 23, 1942

Finnish heavy anti-aircraft battery opens fire. Helsenki, November 23, 1942

British sapper with a mine detector at an armored personnel carrier hit by a mine on the street of the French villageTilly-sur-Seulles  , June 19, 1944.

British sapper with a mine detector at an armored personnel carrier hit by a mine on the street of the French villageTilly-sur-Seulles  , June 19, 1944.

  600 mm self-propelled mortar I, type Karl-Gerät 040,  firing at the Old Town during the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. In 1944.

  600 mm self-propelled mortar I, type Karl-Gerät 040,  firing at the Old Town during the suppression of the Warsaw Uprising. In 1944.

German soldiers at the ruins of the Resurrection and the Sign churches Zvanskogo Znamenskogo convent. Novgorod region, Chudovsky District, 1943.

German soldiers at the ruins of the Resurrection and the Sign churches Zvanskogo Znamenskogo convent. Novgorod region, Chudovsky District, 1943.

Soviet soldiers preparing to shoot a Panzerfaust

Soviet soldiers preparing to shoot a Panzerfaust

Soviet Il-2 of the 17th Air Army directed to strike the retreating columns of the enemy during the Korsun-Shevchenko offensive operation in February 1944.

Soviet Il-2 of the 17th Air Army directed to strike the retreating columns of the enemy during the Korsun-Shevchenko offensive operation in February 1944.

German transport aircraft Junkers Ju-52 (Ju 52 / 3m) on the Sicilian airport Comiso. In 1942.In the lower right corner is visiblean Italian torpedo bomber SM.79

German transport aircraft Junkers Ju-52 (Ju 52 / 3m) on the Sicilian airport Comiso. In 1942.In the lower right corner is visiblean Italian torpedo bomber SM.79