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House to house fighting in Kharkov
SS-Untersturmführer Hermann Dahlke
Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein's SS-Panzerkorps complete the retaking of Kharkov after the fierce battle with the Soviet Red Army. Left 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 of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf. SS-Sturmbannführer Eugen Kunstmann himself was killed after his command tank came under heavy antitank gunfire at Kursk on July 8 1943. Standing man with binoculars is SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Gerhard Bochmann. He was awarded the Oak Leaves to Knight's Cross on May 17 1943. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Right image: SS-Untersturmführer Hermann Dahlke of the Leibstandarte SS was awarded the Knight's Cross on March 3 1943 after his platoon threw back the numerically superior enemy in hand-to-hand fighting and thus made a decisive contribution to the successful advance of the whole battle group during the Third Battle of Kharkov. Dahlke was killed in action on July 5 1943 near Belgorod in the opening days of Zitadelle, also called The Battle of Kursk. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Johan King. Commons: Bundesarchiv.