ϟϟ-Panzerkorps: Early February 1943

SS-Obersturmführer Gert Schmager
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. Image: SS-Obersturmführer and Zugführer Gerhard Schmager of Regiment Der Führer (SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich) in Losowaja south of Kharkov in February 1943. Unlike the Battle for Moscow in 1941, Waffen-SS troops fighting in the Kharkov campaign were well equipped with winter clothing and equipment. Notice the unregimental use of the Waffen-SS aluminum cap skull on Schmagers headgear. Fair use.

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