|1.SS-Panzerdivision Leibstandarte SS|
Schnelle Gruppe Knittel at the Kaiserbaracke road junction
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.