17.ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Götz von Berlichingen“, ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Regiment „Deutschland“ and Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 (Operation Cobra)

Waffen-SS Prisoners of War
Operation Cobra was an offensive launched by the U.S. Army seven weeks after the D-Day landings to break out of Normandy. It commenced on July 25 1944 with a concentrated aerial bombardment from thousands of Allied aircraft. The largest air bombardment in support of ground forces yet. Simultaneously, the British launched Operation Goodwood and the Canadians Operation Atlantic. Image: Prisoners of 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen, SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Deutschland (2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich) and Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 during Operation Cobra in Notre-Dame-de-Cenilly between July 27 – 29 1944. During the fighting in France, Götz von Berlichingen, despite its fanatical resistance, was all but annihilated. It was heavily engaged in the Normandy battles, fighting alongside the Das Reich in a stubborn but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to prevent the American breakout. Notice that the Fallschirmjäger Offizier to the right is wearing an SS Enlisted Man's Belt Buckle. Image: Robert Capa. Public domain.

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