|SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Leibstandarte SS|
ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Leibstandarte ϟϟ“
Despite the battering its units were taking, the Soviet High Command, moved further troops into the sector, sending an armoured corps into the area south of Kharkov to block any German moves towards the city. The Red Army units facing SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf and the Das Reich to their south, suddenly found that SS-Obergruppenführer Hausser had moved the Leibstandarte SS into their rear, blocking any retreat. The Totenkopf and Das Reich began to push the enemy inexorably northwards against defensive positions rapidly established by the Leibsatandarte SS. Large parts of 4th, 22nd and 15th Soviet Tank Corps were destroyed. A further 61 tanks, 225 guns and 9,000 dead were left on the icy battlefield. The Soviet Sixth Army were totally crushed and the last major obstacle before the gates of Kharkov was removed. Image: SS-Standartenführer Fritz Witt and SS-Obersturmbannführer Kurt Meyer consult a map of the area and plan their next operation. Credit: Gordon Williamson and Tim Ripley. Commons: Bundesarchiv.