Third Battle of Kharkov: Casualties and losses

Fallen SS-Panzergrenadiers
The SS-Panzerkorps played a key part in the Third Battle of Kharkov. It demonstrated that it was one of the world´s foremost armoured formations, holding out against superior odds and then counterattacking with great skill and élan. But the victory was not without its costs, 11,500 men were killed or wounded during the two-month campaign in the Ukraine. Some 4,300 of these were borne by SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Leibstandarte SS according to the author Michael Reynolds. According to the author Thomas A. Thompson and the military historian David M. Glantz Army Group South's Donets Campaign had cost the Red Army some 52 divisions, including over 70,000 – 80,000 personnel casualties. Of these troops lost, an estimated 45,200 were killed or went missing, while another 41,200 were wounded. On March 18 1943, the German High Command claimed 19,594 Soviets taken prisoner and 1,140 tanks and 3,000 guns destroyed. Image: Russian USSR photo showing dead Waffen-SS soldiers, possibly staged photo shoot for Soviet propaganda purposes. Most of the best-known Soviet images from the war were used as propaganda, to glorify the victories of the Red Army. Often they were staged. Public domain.

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