6.ϟϟ-Panzerarmee (Unternehmen Frühlingserwachen)

Panzerkampfwagen Tiger of the I.SS-Panzerkorps
Wehrmacht troops
On March 6 1945, after the fall of Budapest, the remainder of SS-Oberstgruppenführer Josef Dietrich's 6.SS-Panzerarmee (I.SS and II.SS-Panzerkorps), launched one of the final German offensives of World War II, Operation Frühlingserwachen (Spring Awakening) around Lake Balaton in Hungary in terrible conditions and against fierce Soviet resistance. The operation involved many German Wehrmacht units withdrawn from the failed Ardennes Offensive on the Western Front, including the 6th Panzer Army and its subordinate Waffen-SS divisions. After the failure of the offensive, the I.SS and the II.SS-Panzerkorps was involved in defensive battles alongside SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert Otto Gille's IV.SS-Panzerkorps, consisted of 3.SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf and 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking, executing a fighting withdrawal towards Wien in Austria. The I.SS-Panzerkorps consisted of 1.SS-Panzer-Divison Leibstandarte SS, 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend and schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 501. The II.SS-Panzerkorps consisted of 2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich and 9.SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen. Top image: Panzerkampfwagen Tiger Ausf. E assigned to I.SS-Panzerkorps. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Bottom image: Screenshot from Die Deutsche Wochenschau: Wehrmacht troops in Hungary during the Battle of Budapest wearing the two piece reversible winter parka with the splinter pattern camouflage side out. A variety of weapons are seen including a Mauser Karabiner 98, an MP40 submachine gun and a Sturmgewehr 44. Fair use.

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