12.ϟϟ-Panzerdivision „Hitlerjugend“

12.SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend
After the invasion of Normandy, Allied troops found themselves unable to penetrate German defenses. The 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend, with 20,540 personnel, first saw action on June 7 1944. It was the first Waffen-SS division into action in the Normandy Campaign, blocking the Anglo-Canadian advance toward the strategically vital town of Caen during the first couple of days of the Allied invasion. The 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend was unique because the majority of its junior enlisted men were drawn from members of Hitlerjugend (The Hitler Youth) born as late as in 1926, while the senior NCOs and officers were generally veterans of the Eastern Front from the 1.SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte SS. Photographer: Ang. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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