House to house fighting in Kharkov
Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein's SS-Panzerkorps complete the retaking of Kharkov after the fierce battle with the Soviet Red Army. Image: Waffen-SS panzers cautiously move down the streets of Kharkov, while mounted SS-Panzergrenadiers hold their rifles at the ready, keeping a sharp watch for Soviet snipers. According to the author of The Battle of Kharkov Jean Restayn these battle hardened Panzergrenadiers belong to SS-Kampfgruppe Kunstmann of Panzer-Regiment 3 in SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf. Standing man with binoculars is SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Gerhard Bochmann. He was awarded the Oak Leaves to Knight's Cross on 17 May 1943. Commons: Bundesarchiv.