Schnelle Gruppe Knittel at the Kaiserbaracke road junction

1.SS-Panzerdivision Leibstandarte SS
Shots at the Kaiserbaracke road junction between St. Vith and Malmedy showing a Steyr troop-carrier turning right towards Recht, a massive Panzerkampfwagen Konigstiger from schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 501 rolling up at the crossroads carrying heavily-armed paratroopers from 3.Fallschirmjäger-Division relaxing and smoking cigarettes en route to Stavelot in the Ambleve valley, a Sd Kfz 251 halftrack APC turning right for Recht, two junior SS officers possible from SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 1 strolling past several Sd Kfz 250 halftracks and conferring over a map on the bonnet of their Schwimmwagen Amphibious Scout Car, enjoying captured cigars with their driver. The screenshot comes from a captured German SS-PK film taken on December 18 1944. The SS grenadiers in these famous stills are often captioned as members of 1.SS-Panzer-Division's reconnaissance unit on the southern route of the German counter-attack in the Ardennes. However, SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs Abteilung 1 veterans having no memories of either of them. The Leibstandarte SS Division's manpower strength was about 22,000 men in December 1944. Image source: U.S. War Department Film.

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  1. yes, thats true. even today this entire area of the Kaiserbaracke is a construction company area for buildings and vehicles....all the trees behind these mystery men is gone. This is classic photos about KG Knittel.... Also notice the American Tanker soft cap that the driver is wearing...and the missing headlight on the Schwimmwagen and the broken winter with the rubber liner for the glass laying on the surface under the window.

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