|Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe Prisoners of War|
POWs from 17.ϟϟ-Pz.Gren.Div. „Götz von Berlichingen“, ϟϟ-Pz.Gren.Reg. „Deutschland“ and Fallschirmjäger-Reg. 6 (Operation Cobra)
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. Image: Photo by Robert Capa. Three camouflage patterns in view; Platanenmuster, Erbsenmuster and Luftwaffen Splittertarnmuster. Notice that the Fallschirmjäger Offizier to the right is wearing an SS Enlisted Man's Belt Buckle. Public domain.