ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 (Norrey-en-Bessin)

12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend
Another of Woscidlo´s photographs in Rots after the failed attack in Norrey-en-Bessin on June 9 1944. In the foreground stands SS-Sturmmann Otto Funk who were involved in heavy fighting in and around the French town of Caen in the summer 1944. A total of 2,600 British tons of bombs reduced Caen to rubble and caused many civilian casualties. In the summer of 1944 there was extremely violent fighting in these ruins. Otto Funk, who is wearing an Italian pattern camouflage smock was the ammo-carrier of SS-Schütze Klaus Schuh. The pressure of combat, battle fatigue, is shown on the faces of these young Grenadiers of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 of 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend. This is one of the most famous photos taken by SS-Kriegsberichter Wilfried Woscidlo, many of these World War II photos capture something special. It may be calm before the storm, it may be a moment of horror, or it may show a simple humanity often lost in the fray of battle. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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