ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Das Reich“

Knight's Cross Holders of SS-Panzergrenadierdivision Das Reich
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. Picture taken in the outskirts of Kharkov in April of 1943. Photographer: SS-Obersturmführer and Kriegsberichter Friedrich Zschäckel. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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