|Platz der Leibstandarte|
Platz der Leibstandarte
The élite Waffen-SS divisions were frequently deployed where the fighting was expected to be the harshest. Many of its casualties were in the city of Kharkov itself, which only fell after five days of intense close-guarter combat. After enduring the losses necessary to retake the city´s blood stained streets SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Leibstandarte SS renamed the enormous Red Square as “Platz der Leibstandarte” in honour of the fallen. Images: Aerial pictures of Kharkov´s Red Square, taken from a Fieseler Storch reconnaissance plane. Fair use.