ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Totenkopf“

SS-Sturmbannführer Georg Bochmann
SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 Totenkopf
During the night and into the next day, several Waffen-SS kampfgruppen swept through central Kharkov. Every block had to be cleared of enemy troops. The SS-Panzergrenadiers encountered especially stubborn resistance from NKVD troops in the last remaining pockets of Soviet resistance. Left image: SS-Sturmbannführer Georg Bochmann commanded a motorized battalion of the SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 Totenkopf during the battles for Kharkov and was awarded the Oak Leaves to Knight's Cross on May 17 1943. He then commanded the Totenkopf's SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 through the Battle of Kursk and the subsequent battles along the Mius. Before the war ended Bochmann had been awarded the Swords to the Knight's Cross, becoming the 140th recipient, Oak Leaves and the prestigious Wound Badge in Gold. Also he was promoted to SS-Oberführer on April 20 1945. With only a few weeks of war left he was appointed Commander of the 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen. Georg Bochmann died in heart failure aged 59 in 1973 in Offenbach am Main, Germany. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Right image: Totenkopf SS-Panzergrenadiers hitch a ride on one of the division's Panzers IV during the mopping-up operation in Kharkov in March 1943. Photo by SS-Kriegsberichter Peter Adendorf. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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