Waffen-SS Knights in the third Battle of Kharkov

Generaloberst Heinz Guderian visiting SS-Panzer-Regiment 1
Knight's Cross Holders of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich
Top image: Generaloberst and Inspector General of Armoured Troops Heinz Wilhelm Guderian made an inspection visit to the SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler after the third Battle of Kharkov on April 27 1943. Also seen in this pictures taken by the SS-Kriegsberichters SS-Hauptsturmführer Otto Ohlemacher and SS-Oberscharführer Wolfgang Wiesebach is among others the chief of staff of the II.SS-Panzerkorps SS-Oberführer Werner Ostendorff and the Leibstandarte officers SS-Obersturmbannführer Georg Schönberger, SS-Sturmbannführer Rudolf Lehmann and SS-Hauptsturmführer Heinz Kling. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Bottom image: SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Tychsen posing with his comrades and fellow officers after the award ceremony of the Knight's Cross presented by SS-Gruppenführer Walter Krüger. All except SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Kumm awarded the Knight's Cross for extreme battlefield bravery and outstanding military leadership during the Battle of Kharkov. Otto Kumm won the Knight's cross back in February 1942 as commander of SS-Regiment Der Führer. The Third Battle of Kharkov would be the last major German victory of World War II. From left to right: SS-Obersturmbannführer Sylvester Stadler, SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans Weiß, SS-Sturmbannführer Christian Tychsen, SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Kumm, SS-Hauptsturmführer Vinzenz Kaiser and SS-Untersturmführer Karl-Heinz Worthmann. The men were all members of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich. Photo taken by SS-Obersturmführer and Kriegsberichter Friedrich Zschäckel in the outskirts of Kharkov in April 1943. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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