The cancellation of Operation Citadel

SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich
On the morning of July 15 1943, the SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich linked up with the elite 7.Panzer-Division to close the ring around several thousand red Army soldiers of 48th Rifle Corps and 2nd Guards Tank Corps. As the Das Reich battled forward, the Leibstandarte SS and the Totenkopf prepared themselves for another push northwards to finish off the 5th Guards Tank Army for good. They were not to get the opportunity. The final nails in the coffin of Operation Citadel were new Soviet offensives near Orel and far to the south along the Mius Front on July 17 1943. II.SS-Panzerkorps were pulled out of the battle for the Kursk salient and sent southwards to neutralize this new threat. Unternehmen Zitadelle was officially over. Image: Das Reich Tigers manoeuvre on the Russian steppe during the Kursk Offensive. Photographer: SS-Obersturmführer and Kriegsberichter Friedrich Zschäckel. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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