Battle of Kursk

Kursk salient July 1943
Kursk salient July 1943
The Combat medics were armed and did not wear the Red Cross armbands on the Eastern Front because of the fear of snipers. Both the Soviets and the Germans often intentionally aimed for medics working on the front lines. Image: an SS-Panzergrenadier gives a wounded Soviet tanker water from his field flask in early July 1943, while the remains of a T-34 Model 1943 blazes in the background. He has a well worn pattern camouflage helmet cover and an early style “palm” pattern camouflage smock, originally introduced in 1940. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Max B├╝schel. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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