ϟϟ-Division „Leibstandarte ϟϟ“ in Heeresgruppe Süd

Officers from the Leibstandarte SS scanning the Ukrainian horizon
SS-Division Leibstandarte SS
The Leibstandarte SS and the Wiking Division went to Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt's Army Group South. They were drawn up one behind the other under the command of General Ewald von Kleist's first Panzer group and they would soon spearhead the German armies. The Leibstandarte seized a bridgehead over the Dnieper, it broke through the Soviet defences of the Crimea at Pereskop and stormed Taganrog and Rostov. After battles in the beginning of the Barbarossa operation the Leibstandarte turned south in order to close the Uman cauldron at Novo-Archangelsk at the beginning of August 1941. Then after fighting in at Sasselje and Novo Danzig, it took the town of Kherson and took up defensive position on the River Dnieper at Berislav. It then advanced on Pereskop on the neck of the Crimean Peninsular and attacked the fortifications defending the Crimea. The Leibstandarte then engaged in pursuit of the enemy interchanged with defence against enemy counter attacks, between the Sea of Azov and the lower Dnieper. The Leibstandarte subsequently aimed for Rostov. On October 17 it took Taganrog and it took Rostov on November 21 but withdrew because of the danger of encirclement threatened. Up to beginning of December, there was fighting east of the River Mius before settling into winter positions along the Ssambek River. Images: SS-Hauptsturmführer and Kriegsberichter Paul Augustin. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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