Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 subordinated to Waffen-SS

Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 in Normandy
17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen
Members of Waffen-SS taken prisoner
The Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6, equal in status to Waffen-SS units in recruiting, weaponry and training, were subordinated to 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen around Carentan. The battle-hardened German Paras, known as the Green Devils by Allied forces, fought ferociously during the Normandy Invasion. They were perhaps the best armed infantrymen in World War II and played a key role defending positions in Normandy against much larger forces. The main weakness of the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 was the same as all of the German regiments and divisions in Normandy – they simply lacked any real transport capability. The regiment was operating with 2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich when American forces launched Operation Cobra. General Ike Eisenhower (U.S. Army) said: The Waffen-SS armoured and airborne units had the highest morale, both in attack and defense, the troops fought with fanatic courage. Top clip: Frontline footage of a German paratrooper or Fallschirmjäger armed with a MP 40 often erroneously called Schmeisser by the Allies, Normandy 1944. Fair use. Middle clip: Panzergrenadiers from the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen ride on a Sd.Kfz. 251 armored vehicle in Normandy in June 1944. In the center is SS-Sturmbannführer Ludwig Kepplinger, commander of the SS-Panzer-Abteilung 17 of the division. He was murdered by Maquis southeast of Laval in August 1944. Footage from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Fair use. Bottom image: An unidentified Waffen-SS officer and a panzergrenadier captured by the British 8th Corps in Secqueville-en-Bessin in Normandy on June 26 1944. Public domain.

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