Hans Liska (1907-1984) is one of the most well-known and prolific WWII Axis illustrators, who served with the German Armed Forces during the war. In 1942 and 1943 German publishing house Carl Werner in Reichenbach, sponsored by Junkers Flugzeug und Motorenwerke AG, published 2 albums with Hans Liska's sketches and color illustrations "to please the frontline soldiers and the workers of the weapon factories" in Germany. Definitely, Liska's art lived up to the expectations of his peers, and propaganda clichés left the well-recognizable footprints all over his painting and drawings. However, at the same time artist was also able to create something more valuable than NSDAP-commissioned propaganda poster for the crumbling wall of the neighborhood bakery in bombed-up German provincial town. Liska convincingly demonstrates that he has an eye for the real war drama, with all its pain, suffering, desperation, hard work, endurance, sense of duty, and courage for yet one more push to the utmost, which all participants are likely to share, no matter under what colors they fought and died. You can see the demonstrations in his work below. You can see the demonstrations in his work below. Hans Liska contributed timeless treasures into history when he put his life on the line during WWII.

France

Ju88

Ju88

Armament handling.

Armament handling.

Transport Ju52.

Transport Ju52.

Ju52s was able to return home with this damage

Ju52s was able to return home with this damage.

Ju87 on their way to Calais

Ju87 on their way to Calais.

On the lounge chair through Paris! Apparently an "engine" is running on Hennessy Cognac

On the lounge chair through Paris! Apparently an "engine" is running on Hennessy Cognac.

French displaced civilians on the highway between Abbeville and Rouen

French displaced civilians on the highway between Abbeville and Rouen.

Propaganda unit in action

Propaganda unit in action.

After English stay in a French château

After English stay in a French château.

Ju87 airfield maintenance

Ju87 airfield maintenance.

Le Havre, 1940

Le Havre, 1940.

Luftwaffe aircrews

Luftwaffe aircrews.

France, 1940

France, 1940

On a horse cart

On a horse cart.

Ju87 succsessfully landed with just one wheel

Ju87 succsessfully landed with just one wheel. Lieutenant H. told us that Ju87 reached the airfield safely after a direct flak hit, clipping off 3 meters long piece of the wingtip. This aircraft (lower right corner) returned home despite destroyed tail.

J88 pilot

J88 pilot.

Supplies have arrived

Supplies have arrived.

Perfect rainbow as an aviator can see it

Perfect rainbow as an aviator can see it. It was met with disbelief, but confirmed by the "Weatherman".

Dieppe beachhead, 1942

Dieppe beachhead, 1942.

Greece and Crete

Supply road in Greece

Supply road in Greece.

Indian soldier, captured by the German paratroopers in Corinth.

Captured Indians in Kalamata, Greece

Captured Indians in Kalamata, Greece.

Handling air bombs

Handling air bombs.

Stukas returning back from their mission at Crete in the first light of the rising sun

Stukas returning back from their mission at Crete in the first light of the rising sun. Athen's Parfenon in the background.

German paratroopers at Crete

German paratroopers at Crete.

Barbarossa

At the edge of destroyed Soviet airfield

At the edge of destroyed Soviet airfield. "After I was moving around the airfield for about an hour and drawing the destroyed aircrafts, my driver found the board sign: "Do not enter the airfield - mines".

Soviet airfield

Soviet airfield

Destroyed Soviet airfield. Close-up I.

Destroyed Soviet airfield. Close-up II

Destroyed Soviet airfield. Close-up II. This aircrafts were destroyed by a single Stuka bomb. At the next day our planes took off from this airfield.

On the Bialystock-Minsk highway

On the Bialystock-Minsk highway.

Russian POWs

Russian POWs.

(Right) Soviet quadruplet MG mounted at a truck. (Lower right) Gebirsjager

(Right) Soviet quadruplet MG mounted at a truck. (Lower right) Gebirsjager.

After the occupation of a Soviet airfield supplies were brought by transport Ju52s

After the occupation of a Soviet airfield supplies were brought by transport Ju52s.

At the next day only planes which are equiped with floats are allowed to splashdown at this airfield

At the next day only planes which are equiped with floats are allowed to splashdown at this airfield.

Changing Jumo 211 power plant

Changing Jumo 211 power plant.

Changing power plant

Changing power plant.

Sevastopol

Removing mines

Removing mines.

End of the flight

End of the flight.

Morser heavy gun fire

Morser heavy gun fire.

End of the Russian heavy battery in Sevastopol

End of the Russian heavy battery in Sevastopol.

German Army

On the armored train

On the armored train

Salvo of the Nebelwerfer rocket battery

Salvo of the Nebelwerfer rocket battery.

German engineers in action

German engineers in action.

Tiger tank

Tiger tank.

German paratroopers

German paratroopers.

Motorized infantry.

Mountain troops.

Flamethrower.

Motorized infantry in attack

Motorized infantry in attack

In the last second

In the last second.

 

Panzer attack (I)

Panzer attack (I).

Panzer attack (II)

Panzer attack (II).

Fight in the woods

Fight in the woods.

Fire of the heavy artillery

Fire of the heavy artillery

Supply column

Supply column.