3.ϟϟ-Panzerdivision „Totenkopf“ and Second Battle of Târgu Frumos

3.SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf
Unidentified SS-Untersturmführer of Totenkopf
In the first week of April 1944, the 3.SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf received replacements and new equipment, including Panther tanks. In the second week of April 1944, Totenkopf took part in fighting against a heavy Soviet Army attacks towards Second Battle of Târgu Frumos were elements of the divison, together with elements of the elite Panzergrenadier-Division Großdeutschland, managed to halt an armoured assault by the Red Army. The assault was carried out by approximately 500 tanks. Credit: Wikipedia. Top clip: a Totenkopf SS-Panzergrenadier carefully inspects a knocked out T-34 in 1944. Footage from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Fair use. Bottom image: an unidentified SS-Untersturmführer of 3.SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf in conversations with an Offizier of the Heer somewhere in Bessarabia in April 1944. One source identifies the Oberleutnant who is wearing a Sturmartillerie jacket as a member of the 228.Sturmgeschütz Brigade. This brigade served alongside Totenkopf in Bessarabia in the spring of 1944. The Wehrmacht soldiers regarded the Waffen-SS men as thoroughly reliable comrades. Respect born of shared frontline experiences. The unknown SS-Untersturmführer wears an early vertical Totenkopf collar tab. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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