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Heavily Armed Youths of the 12th SS Panzer (Hitler Jugend) Division ready themselves for battle. The division, which consisted mainly of teenage volunteers, was created in June of 1943 and had its baptism of fire in Normandy a year later. - "The young S.S. troops were detestable young beasts," a British officer recalled, "but, like good infantry, they stood up and fought it out when overrun." - In the fighting that raged around Caen, nearly 90 % were killed, wounded or captured

Heavily Armed Youths of the 12th SS Panzer (Hitler Jugend) Division ready themselves for battle. The division, which consisted mainly of teenage volunteers, was created in June of 1943 and had its baptism of fire in Normandy a year later. - "The young S.S. troops were detestable young beasts," a British officer recalled, "but, like good infantry, they stood up and fought it out when overrun." - In the fighting that raged around Caen, nearly 90 % were killed, wounded or captured

1941, Germans resting during the Battle of Moscow. Note that the guy in the middle has an MG34. Looks like these guys were lucky to get there a greatcoats, not that it would have kept them that warm. Altogether, the Axis powers lost 174,00-400,000 of their troops trying to take Moscow.

1941, Germans resting during the Battle of Moscow. Note that the guy in the middle has an MG34. Looks like these guys were lucky to get there a greatcoats, not that it would have kept them that warm. Altogether, the Axis powers lost 174,00-400,000 of their troops trying to take Moscow.

Faces of war: Leibstandarte soldiers during Operation Zitadelle in July 1943

Faces of war: Leibstandarte soldiers during Operation Zitadelle in July 1943

German soldiers smoke captured American cigarettes in front of a U.S. Army armored car on December 17, the second day of Operation HERBSTNEB...

German soldiers smoke captured American cigarettes in front of a U.S. Army armored car on December 17, the second day of Operation HERBSTNEB...

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