ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Leibstandarte ϟϟ“

Waffen-SS anti-tank crew
MG42 Gunner of SS-Pz.Korps
The desecration of the graves of Waffen-SS men killed during the January 1943 battles, and the mutilation of the bodies, made the Leibstandarte SS very loath to show any quarter to captured Soviet commissars. Many captured commissars or senior Soviet officers were executed as a matter of routine. An alleged massacre took place on March 13 1943, at the Soviet 69th Army Hospital in Kharkov. Leibstandarte troops are supposed to have killed some hundred wounded Soviet soldiers, but the factual reliability of these Soviet records has occasionally been questioned. On the other hand, however, special German security units and Einsatzgruppen followed behind the victorious German divisions. An estimated 10,000 men and women perished during the German short reign of control in the city of Kharkov. Left image: A well known photo of SS-Panzergrenadiers of an anti-tank gun crew during the fighting for Kharkov. This photography appears on the cover of the book Platz der Leibstandarte by George Nipe. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Right image: An unidentified SS gunner of the SS-Panzerkorps staring into the distance during or after the retaking of Kharkov in March 1943. According to some sources, a member of the Leibstandarte. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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