ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 (Ardenne Abbey)

12.SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend
12.SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend
Top image: SS-Schütze Sepp Bund, MG 42 Gunner Klaus Schuh and Günther Hamel being awarded the EKII for actions on June 9 1944. This photograph is taken in the orchard of the Ardenne Abbey (l'Abbaye d'Ardennel) near Caen, HQ of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 at June 12 1944. These young soldiers held their positions in the trenches tenaciously, defying all attacks by the enemy who was so very superior in numbers and materials. Both Bund and Schuh were killed in action on June 26 1944 near Cheux. Only Hamel made it out alive. They were all born in 1926. Photo by SS-Kriegsberichter Wilfried Woscidlo. Commons: Bundesarchiv. According to George Stein (The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939–1945) the 12.SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend losses during the fighting in Normandy, in the three months from June to September 1944, amounted to 80% of its troops, over 80% of its tanks, 70% of its armored vehicles, 60% of its artillery and 50% of its motor vehicles. Bottom image: An unidentified young SS-Sturmmann of SS-Division Hitlerjugend in Normandy in June 1944. Public domain.

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