|SS-Oberstgruppenführer Josef Sepp Dietrich|
The Third Battle of Kharkov (Donets Campaign)
Hitler demanded the immediate recapture of Kharkov. He insisted that the SS-Panzerkorps be used to launch an immediate counterattack to regain Kharkov. The SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf´s arrivel was imminent and the Führer maintained that, thus reinforced, the SS-Panzerkorps should have no trouble in throwing the Soviets out. The Germans were able to amass around 70,000 men against the 346,000 Red Army personnel that were involved in the defense of Kharkov after the beginning of the German counterstroke. Image: SS-Oberstgruppenführer Sepp Dietrich prepares to depart, taking the opportunity to go over a few last points with SS-Obersturmbannführer Kurt Meyer. Commons: Bundesarchiv.