ϟϟ-Panzerkorps: Early February 1943

Leibstandarte SS Panzergrenadiers
Leibstandarte SS MG Gunner
The Ukraine in early 1944 saw no respite from battle for either side, which involved all available units from the German Army. The battered frontline was lashed by freezing winds, which increased the windchill factor considerably. Throughout the first week of February 1943 the Waffen-SS repulsed numerous Soviet attacks, inflicting serious losses on the enemy, who were somewhat shocked at running into strong Waffen-SS units. The Leibstandarte SS held its sector for two weeks against the full weight of the Soviet 3rd Tank Army, a remarkable feat in itself. Unlike the Battle for Moscow in 1941, Waffen-SS troops fighting in the Kharkov campaign were well equipped with winter clothing and equipment. Clips: Waffen-SS in close combat under extreme winter conditions on Eastern Front in February 1943. Temperatures of more than 40 degrees below zero, snowstorms and the difficulties they caused placed the highest demand on the men, for once again they had to bear the heaviest burdens of the fighting. Source: 5sswiking. Footage from Die Deutsche Wochenschau - the official German war newsreel from 1940 until the end of World War II. Fair use.

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