Wednesday, March 1, 2017
This picture shows a Nazi torchlight gathering similar to those held at Nuremberg where fascist supporters would gather to hear Hitler speaking each year
Another shows a Nazi officer riding a horse, his armband adorned with a swastika clearly visible - the symbol would always be worn on the left hand side of the uniform
The Deutschland Erwache standard, left, was frequently carried by Nazi troops as they marched in formation - the phrase means 'Germany awakens'. Pictured right is a swastika statue bearing Adolf Hitler's name as well as an Imperial Eagle symbol
'All the pictures are unpublished. They look like they were privately taken so would be unlikely to have been reprinted or published anywhere.
'There is a certain macabre aspect to it, given that it was owned and handled by evil people.
'But they were people who were right at the focus of history, a pivotal moment in time that culminated in the suicide of Adolf Hitler.
A Russian soldier used his bayonet to force open a locked drawer to discover the album alongside a broken perfume spray and underwear - the album's cover still carries the aroma of the perfume seven decades on
While the leader of Nazi Germany Hitler used several planes including the Junkers 52 aircraft, above, named 'Immelmann' after the First World War flying ace Max Immelmann.
The Junkers G24, pictured, was another aircraft used in Nazi Germany during World War II, although primarily for freight transport.
German forces also used biplanes, similar to the one pictured above, for reconnaissance missions
One of this group of soldiers, pictured above left, can be seen performing the infamous Nazi salute - it was used as a greeting when the party was in control of Germany and was often accompanied with the phrase: 'Heil, mein Fuhrer'
Nazi architecture, above left, relied primarily on natural materials to create intimidating buildings that would last for years - symbolising the party's desire for world domination. Pictured right is a group of Nazis visiting the Victory Column in the German capital Berlin.
Auctioneer Tim Harper said: 'My guess is that the album will go to someone who wants a powerful and visual statement from history'
The garages of the Berghof Nazi headquarters are seen in another image - two open-top vehicles are parked outside surrounded by Nazi officials while another watches from the property's balcony, left
The building also had immaculate gardens, left, and views of the surrounding Bavarian mountains. Pictured right is a man who appears to be wearing Lederhosen - or leather breeches - a costume commonly associated with the region
The Berghof was situated on top of a 3,000 foot mountain and surrounded by dense forests, pictured above
Not all of the photographs in the collection feature soldiers and military equipment - some of them are much more scenic such as this lake scene pictured above
The Berghof, left and right, was eventually damaged by hundreds of British Lancaster Bombers in late April 1945. It was then set on fire by retreating SS troops in early May
Also in the album is a picture of the Konigssee Lake, above, where Eva Braun liked to go swimming. The photographer who took the images is not known but it has been speculated that it could be Braun because she does not appear in any
'My guess is that the album will go to someone who wants a powerful and visual statement from history.'
The album measures 13ins by 9ins and is being sold on March 15.
The Berghof, which is shown in many of the images, was expanded and renamed in 1935 to become Hitler's holiday residence for ten years.
Before the war several British leaders even visited the dictator at the retreat, including former Prime Ministers Neville Chamberlain and David Lloyd-George and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
The building was constructed in the early 20th century and heavily modified in the run up to the war so that Hitler could use it as a base.
A group of Nazis can be seen with what appears to be architectural equipment, pictured left, while another image taken inside the Reich Chancellery, above right, reveals the photographer's extraordinary access
Hitler left the building for the last time in mid-1944 to run the final stages of the war from his eastern front headquarters in Poland.
In late April 1945, 12 days before the Germans surrendered, the house was damaged by hundreds of British Lancaster Bombers.
It was then set on fire by retreating SS troops in early May, and looted after Allied troops reached the area.
The burnt out shell was demolished by the West German government in 1952.
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