ϟϟ-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS Hausser

Papa Hausser and Fritz Klingenberg
In January 1943 SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, Das Reich and Totenkopf were organized into the SS-Panzerkorps. In early February 1943, Hitler ordered the newly formed corps moved to the Eastern Front with all possible speed to join Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein's Army Group South in the Ukraine. SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer and Generaloberst der Waffen-SS Paul Hausser was placed in charge of the corps, and was tasked with defending the strategic city of Kharkov. The SS-Panzerkorps was an immensely powerful force and Hitler pinned his hoped-for stabilization of the southern sector of the Eastern Front on it. The first elements to arrive were the Leibstandarte´s 1.SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment, which threw an improvised defence ring around Kharkov blocking the direct route to the city. The Das Reich´s SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Deutschland, was sent to extend the screen northwards. Image: SS-Obergruppenführer Paul Hausser and SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Klingenberg in the Kharkiv Oblast in 1943. Public domain.

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