River Mius Front

SS-Panzerregiment 2 (Das Reich)
It took SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich and Totenkopf only a few days to disengage from the Prokhorovka region (Russia) after the end of Operation Citadel, II SS-Panzerkorps was loaded onto trains and sent off into a bloody frontal assault on the River Mius Front (southeastern Ukraine). The Waffen-SS were used as fire-brigades to plug gaps in the German line wherever they occurred. The SS panzers may have been masters of the battlefield at Prokhorovka but the “Fire Brigades” bled white on the Mius Front between July and August of 1943. They lost irreplaceable men and equipment at a crucial time when the fate of the Eastern Front hung in the balance. The SS-Panzergrenadiers eventually drove the Soviets from their bridgehead across the Mius and few Soviet tanks escaped after SS-Panzer Corps finally broke the back of Soviet resistance on the western bank of the river. Credit: Tim Ripley. Left image: Zugführer and SS-Untersturmführer Joachim-Günther Schöntaube, Tiger commander of SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 of SS division Das Reich. The Tank Destruction Badge is from his time in the Reconnaissance Battalion. Schöntaube made Obersturmführer before the end of World War II. Right image: Unidentified SS-Unterscharführer and Panzer Commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf. The vertical closure of the Waffen-SS pattern Panzer tunics is shown clearly in both pictures. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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