ϟϟ-Hauptsturmführer der Waffen-SS Meierdress
By July 10 1943, the SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf was in a position to cross the River Psel in force, then all three SS-Panzergrenadier-Divisions could strike towards Prokhorovka. Elements of the Totenkopf's SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 6 Theodor Eicke had finally forced a crossing of the Psel and established a weak bridgehead. By July 11 1943, SS-Hauptsturmführer Meierdress led his SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 across the Psel on hastily constructed pontoon bridges and reinforcing the tenuous position. The forces in the bridgehead were subjected to several furious attacks from Soviet Marshal Katukov´s 1st Guards Tank Army, reinforced with 33rd Rifle Corps and 10th Tank Corps, but Meierdress' Panzers held their ground and slowly expanded the Psel bridgehead west of Prokhorovka. Image: The winner of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves SS-Hauptsturmführer Hubert-Erwin Meierdress (later promoted SS-Sturmbannführer), commander of an assault battery in the Totenkopf Division. Erwin Meierdress had performed many fire brigade missions since the Demyansk Pocket in 1942 but was killed in action in April 1945. Fair use.