WW2 Schaller propaganda photo of German Heinkel He111 medium bomber plane

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Propaganda photo of a Heinkel He 111 on runway.

German printed text on reverse:

"Unsere Luftwaffe – Zweimotoriges Kampfflugzeug Heinkel He 111 wird startfertig gemacht"

"Our air force - twin-engined warplane Heinkel He 111 being made ready to go."

As well on back:  "Nachdruck Verboten" ("copying forbidden")  and "Echte Fotografie" ("Real Photography").

Aerial view by Hans Schaller.

Back has some paper glued to where photo was mounted in an album.

9 x 6 cm


A leading protagonist since the mid-1930s, Berlin's Hans Schaller (1911-1966) helped shape the face of aerial photography in Germany. 

Schaller was drafted into Company 1 of the Luftwaffe as a war correspondent in August 1939 and took part in the French campaign as a photojournalist. Exempted from military service time and again, he worked until the end of the war as a still photographer


The Heinkel He 111 was a German aircraft designed by Siegfried and Walter Günter at Heinkel Flugzeugwerke in the early 1930s. It has sometimes been described as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" because it masqueraded as a cargo plane though its actual purpose was to provide the nascent Luftwaffe with a fast medium bomber. (Germany had been prohibited by the 1919 Treaty of Versailles from having an air force.)