WW2 Schaller propaganda photo of German Henschel Hs 123 biplane

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Propaganda photo by Hans Schaller of a Henschel He 123 on a runway.

German printed text on reverse:

"Unsere Luftwaffe – Sturz-Kampfeinsitzer Henschel Hs 123 beim Start"

"Our air force - ."Dive-bomber single seater Henschel Hs 123 ready to go"

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

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

6 x 9 cm


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

In 1933, political propaganda dominated the illustrated articles and publications containing Schaller's photographs. His main area of expertise became gliding, popularly known as "Germany's National Sport".

Major civil and military flight days were taking place at the same time under the shadow of rearmament. He took numerous photos documenting these events and also the promotional activities of the German Aviation Sports Association and the work of the German Research Institute for Aviation in Berlin-Adlershof.

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 Henschel Hs 123 was a single-seat biplane dive bomber and close-support attack aircraft flown by the German Luftwaffe during the Spanish Civil War and the early to midpoint of World War II. It proved to be robust, durable and effective especially in severe conditions. It continued to see front-line service until 1944, only to be withdrawn due to a lack of serviceable airframes and spare parts (production ended in 1940).



Note: The sale of these items in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record.