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1939, The War in Europe has Begun by Theakker5 1939, The War in Europe has Begun by Theakker5
September, 1939, Germany invades Poland.  Hitler has begun his march across Europe.  Germany's massive, long awaited, newly equipped army, known as the Wehrmacht, is the best army the world has ever seen.  The innovative Panzers of the Blitzkrieg (Lightning War) plow through Poland.  The harrowing Junkers "Stuka" Ju 87's screech over the cities, devastating the Poles.  Germany's advanced weaponry, armored units, and disciplined troops are ready to take on the world.  The countries surrounding Germany have no chance against them. 

18 year old Obergefreiter Wilhelm Matthias Hennicke is a bright, eager recruit who is proud to serve in Germany's mighty Wehrmacht.  He's been made a machine gunner in his regiment and knows everything there is to know about the sleek and innovative Maschinengewehr 34.  He's only experienced mild encounters with Polish troops and hasn't experienced any real trouble on the front.  Wilhelm has been a member of the Hitler Youth since 1933 and has made it his goal in life to serve on the battlefield for the Fatherland.  His newlywed wife, Hildegard, prays for him every day back in their hometown Dresden in Saxony.  Wilhelm writes her a letter every week.

Wilhelm tells Hildegard in his letters that he predicts the war will continue at least a year from now.  He's certain nothing could stop the German Wehrmacht. 
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Spunnyz Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing! :iconclappingplz: I love the detail.
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Stolicus Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
with a smile into hell...
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panzerjon Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the detail of the uniform! Especially the German Eagle. Sweet.
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TedShatner10 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Look at him smiling like a heavily armed chipmunk, his handsome head filled up with ignorant, gung-ho rubbish!

Great picture.
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SouthernWriter2 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Are you going to do one that shows Wilhelm in 1945, at the end of the war?
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Theakker5 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I already did, man. Look in my gallery
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enojado Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
I always like these before and after pictures of a particular event. Great job!
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's the deal with the WWI helmets?

M35s were issued to every Soldier invading Poland and France, at the time which weren't as tall, nor did they have the bolts sticking out.
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Theakker5 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes they did.  M16 Stahlhelms were still being used in the early stages of WWII.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May I have a photograph of some sort?

Not that I'm discrediting you, or not believing you, but I don't like to trust everything that comes my way, sorry.

As for the Picture, sorry, it's really nice, I didn't realize how rude I was criticizing that one thing. :s
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Theakker5 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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MacX85 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Well, it was not common and I think the unit depicted in this photo is generally ill-equipped. Their tunics lack insignia as well.
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NyanPuppy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Proven wrong again. =P
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Splaser Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
His face gets scarier the more you look at it.
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Rayckro Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Amazing coloring!
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Shade-os Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That dog is so cute!
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Aliensoldier Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, looks great man! The giant smile on his babyface looks like a huge contrast to his comrades.
Also, gotta love your interesting picture descriptions. Always up for a good read!
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Theakker5 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, man!
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Aliensoldier Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Always welcome.
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Truly excellent work - You have much skill!
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MauserGirl Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
I love that you have both the horse and the working dog in this picture. Not enough credit given to either one of those, I think. :)
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Z1ppo Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014
Man, his baby face is eerie to say the least when you contemplate what became of most of the gun-ho kids later in the war. Also, really nice colors on this one man.
P.S: The description of the drawing makes me think of "Generation War", which was a great mini-series.
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Theakker5 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, dude.  Appreciate it.  Check out Part 2 of this drawing.  Titled "The War in Europe has Changed."
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Chromeni-Prime Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice~! I love the colouring. :D
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmm, how about something dedicated to Poles, then? Not just because of 'First to Fight!' mythos, but also because they were a much bigger threat and force to deal with for the Wehrmacht than the French Army a year later.
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Fyuvix Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I agree about there needing to be more art dedicated to the Polish side of WWII, especially in the beginning. As a historical reenactor, that's something I never really see. I think there's only like one Polish unit that ever shows up to events if you can even call them a "unit" of two. XDD
Very sad.
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Theakker5 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait a couple of minutes.  I'm submitting another drawing showing what happened to this person six years later.  I'm submitting it right now.
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AnAspieInPoland Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw it. And I still suggest You try something dedicated to Poles, the shall we say 'Betrayed Ally'.
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