ϟϟ-Pz.Gr.Rgt.6 „Theodore Eicke“ and Pz.Gr.Rgt. „Großdeutschland“

Unidentified SS-Hauptsturmführer
Oberleutnant Hans-Karl Richter
On May 2 1944 the Red Army began its offensive southwards to break through to Targul Frumos. The 3.SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf occupied a line running to the left of its Romanian allies and Panzergrenadier-Division Großdeutschland (GD) positions. The Soviets advanced in great waves, their tanks and infantry mixed together. Oberleutnant Hans-Karl Richter wrote: four T-34s were in among the SPWs when, as if by magic, tanks and assault guns of SS-Division Totenkopf appeared. Before a single T-34 could train its gun, all had received direct hits. Immediately thereafter Oberst Hans-Ulrich Rudel´s Ju87 Stukas led off a counter thrust by Totenkopf´s Panzerregiment, accompanied by Richter´s four SPWs. Images: Oberleutnant Hans-Karl Richter, Kompanieführer of 2.(SPW)/ Panzergrenadier-Regiment Großdeutschland, briefs his opposite number, an SS-Hauptsturmführer of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 Theodor Eicke when the latter relieved Richter´s exhausted command near Targul Frumos on May 3 1944. Richter recalls that after a perfunctory conversation when maps and documents were turned over to the Waffen-SS, he and his men boarded their SPWs and went back to the rear to rest. Richter never learned the Hauptsturmführer´s name and never saw him again. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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