ϟϟ-Division „Das Reich“ and „Leibstandarte ϟϟ“
The front line divisions of the Waffen-SS that had suffered through the Soviet winter of 1941–1942 were withdrawn to recover (except for the SS-Division Wiking) and to be formed with a full regiment of tanks rather than only a battalion. The SS-Division Das Reich was pulled out of the fighting in the spring of 1942 and transferred to France for new formation and conversion into a SS-Panzergrenadier-Division and in November 1942, the division was retitled SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich. Severely understrength and completely exhausted, SS-Division Leibstandarte SS was pulled out of the line in August 1942 and spent the remainder of 1942 refitting as a SS-Panzergrenadier-Division in occupied France. They each received nine Tiger tanks, which were formed into the heavy panzer companies. Image: The chief medical officer of the Leibstandarte SS, himself wounded in the hand, comforts a more severely wounded comrade. Commons: Bundesarchiv.