Never-before-seen photos of Hitler and Goebbels, taken by a Luftwaffe pilot at a Nazi airport at the beginning of World War II, have been excavated
- Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels are seen at the Luftwaffe base in September 1939
- A series of photos were taken by an unknown pilot of the secret Nazi visit
- The two leaders are seen laughing and joking between the murderous planes and pilots
Adolf Hitler grins with evil and smiles in a horrifying image of the Nazi air fleet he would send to murder thousands of innocent people.
The newly excavated photo shows his distorted joy when he and Joseph Goebbels inspect the Luftwaffe and the air crew at the beginning of World War II.
These previously unseen images were taken by an unknown Luftwaffe pilot and include Hitler and his right hand days after the Nazis invaded Poland.
The photos were taken by an unknown Luftwaffe pilot on September 14, 1939, when Hitler flew to ‘Airfield Yellow’ – a temporary runway possible in Poland.
Days earlier, the Allies had declared war on Germany, but the photos show Hitler and Goebbels laughing and posing with the Air Force.
The grainy black and white snaps show Hitler and Goebbels talking to the chiefs of the Air Force
Joseph Goebbels grins next to Luftwaffe officers in the photo of the secret visit
The chilling look into the Nazi war machine has been preserved by a private collector thus far
The visit was a closely guarded secret, and no exact records exist of Hitler’s movements in the early days of the war.
The grainy black and white snaps show Hitler and Goebbels in full uniform talking to Air Force commanders as they inspect the planes.
Other photos show Luftwaffe crews wearing shorts posing next to a terrifying man-sized bomb under the wing of a huge plane.
The 9cm x 6cm photos were exposed in a battered, leather-bound pocket-sized photo album with annotations on the back.
Luftwaffe crew in shorts posing next to a bomb under the wing of their huge plane
Goebbels seems to be looking for something in his pockets while talking to a commander
Fourteen other images show bomb damage, planes (Bf 109, Heinkel 111, Fiesler Storch, Ju52), Luftwaffe ground crew and a shot of Hitler’s FW200 Condor ‘Grenzmark’.
The album owner is now putting the photos up for auction and they are being tipped to sell for hundreds of pounds.
Military antiques expert Adrian Stevenson of Hansons Auctioneers said, “This is a unique private album with unseen photos of Hitler and Goebbels and I expect interest to be high.
Yellow Airfield is a code name for what would have been a temporary runway, possibly in Poland, but we’re not sure.
Propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels poses in uniform in front of a Luftwaffe plane
Interestingly, if you examine Hitler’s movements around September 14, 1939, it is not clear where he was, which makes these photographs even more historically significant.
The owner is a private East Midlands collector who is now liquidating his collection.
“He bought the album at auction.
“The previous seller may not have fully appreciated the historical significance of the contents of this small pocket album.
The pilot and crew are standing at once next to the front propeller of their Luftwaffe aircraft
The collection of photos, stored in a leather-bound photo album, is now being auctioned
“There is a deep fascination with all aspects of war history, and items related to Hitler attract intensive bids from collectors around the world.
“These grainy, black-and-white images capture the Nazi leaders at a crucial moment in history – just a few days after the start of the deadliest conflict in human history, World War II.
“It was not until 1945 that it affected more than 30 countries and resulted in 70 to 85 million deaths
“On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland.
The UK and France declared war on September 3 after Hitler ignored an ultimatum to withdraw troops from Poland.
“Despite the dramatic events in the world, Hitler and Goebbels appear in the photos with a good mood.”
The photo album goes under the hammer on August 7.