2.ϟϟ-Panzerdivision „Das Reich“ (Unternehmen Lüttich)

Waffen-SS prisoners captured during Operation Lüttich
Unidentified prisoner of Das Reich
2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich Division's manpower strength was 20,184 men during the early days of the Normandy invasion. Images shows captured panzergrenadiers of Das Reich during the German counter offensive Lüttich near Mortain in Normandy on August 7 – 13 1944. Their facial expressions clearly reflect what's going on in their hearts. The Luftwaffe were unable to reach the battlefield and the Allies had complete air control. Allied aircraft inflicted severe losses on the attacking troops. In the open ground the Panzers became exposed targets and the counter offensive soon halted. Over 150 Panzers involved in the counter attack were lost to Allied air strikes. Nevertheless, the offensive would continue around Mortain for several more days. During World War II the Waffen-SS Division Das Reich was honored with 69 Knight's Crosses, 151 German Crosses in Gold and 29 Honor Roll Clasp recipients. It also boasted three Swords and 10 Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross holders. Its Panzer-Regiment collected 20 Knight's Crosses and 17 German Cross in Gold during 111 weeks of combat, destroying 1,730 tanks and assault guns. Das Reich had more high award winners served in its ranks than any other division in World War II. Images: Public domain.

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