ϟϟ-Kampfgruppe Hansen – the Ambush at Poteau
Shots for the benefit of the Deutsche Wochenschau film editor showing Waffen-SS grenadiers from SS-Kampfgruppe Hansen and paratroopers from 3.Fallschirmjäger-Division, advancing past burning and disabled M3 half-tracks, M8 armoured cars, jeeps and M5 Stuart light tanks. The destroyed M8 Greyhound scout car belonged to the U.S. Army Task Force Hayes, composed of elements of the 14th Calvary Group and 820th Tank Destroyer Battalion, that was completely annihilated by SS-Kampfgruppe Hansen. So far no one has been able to identify these SS panzergrenadiers. Over the years many scholars and historians have attempted to identify the soldier in the center of this image. The only point of agreement seems to be that he served with SS-Kampfgruppe Hansen. The shots are taken in Poteau on 6.Panzer-Armee's front on the northern shoulder of the Bulge on December 18 1944. Image: Screenshot from a captured SS-Kriegsberichter film. U.S. National Archives.