ϟϟ-Panzer-Regiment 12 (Battle of Buron)
By 1944 the Panzer IV was in widespread use within the Waffen-SS. It was fitted with armoured skirts to provide protection from Allied antitank rockets. The SS-Panzer-Regiment 12 arrived on the morning of June 7 1944 to spearhead the division´s counterattack. Their Panzers proved bulwarks of the German defence in Normandy. However, they were not immune to Allied bombing. Image: Members of this young tank crew have painted their girlfriends´and mothers´names on their tank (turret number 615). A notable feature of the newly formed 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend uniform was the wearing of leather surplus from Germany´s U-boat arm. Information based on original photographs of wrecked vehicles: This Panzer IV n°615 was later captured at the Battle of Buron where the Canadians had been badly mauled in the fierce fighting on June 8 1944. Commons: Bundesarchiv.
Labels: C:IV Normandy Invasion 1944