ϟϟ-Division „Leibstandarte ϟϟ Adolf Hitler“

Leibstandarte SS-Oberscharführer
During Operation Barbarossa, the SS-Division Leibstandarte SS had penetrated 960 kilometres into Soviet territory. It spent the winter 1941-1942 fighting ferocious defensive battles on the front of Heeresgruppe Süd in temperatures of down to −40 °C with minimal winter clothing and only 150 grams of rations per man per day. Despite this, the division held. After the spring rasputitsa had cleared, the exhausted division joined in Fall Blau, participating in the fighting to retake Rostov-on-Don, which was recaptured in late July 1942. Image: An unidentified Leibstandarte SS-Oberscharführer in the Ukraine in July 1942. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Paul Augustin. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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