ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Das Reich“

SS-Panzergrenadier in the Kharkov Oblast
SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich
The Waffen-SS had led the way back to the city of Kharkov in close combat under extreme conditions. They were sent into the most difficult combat situation to face death and win. By March 10 1943 the first phase of Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein´s offensive was complete. The SS-Panzerkorps and 4.Panzer Armee now linked up for the assault on Kharkov itself. Top clip: a Panzergrenadier of SS-Obergruppenführer Paul Hausser´s SS-Panzerkorps. Footage from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Fair use. Bottom image: SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich, supported by panzers and assault guns, pushed farther into the western section of city. The SS-Panzergrenadiers mounted on this Sturmgeschütz III belong to the 3rd Battalion of Regiment Deutschland. The battle of Kharkov could begin. In the far-left background, the tower blocks around the Dzerzhinsky Square are visible, known to the German army as Red Square and later renamed as Platz der Leibstandarte. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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