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Cossack Piracy PoW Waffen-SS 4 Min Read

In February 1945, Major Denis Hills, an officer of the British Eighth Army in Italy, was given command of a POW camp at Taranto containing 8,000 men of the 162 Turkoman Infantry Division, classified as ‘repatriates’. His charges had been conscripted into the Red Army, been captured on the Eastern Front by the Germans, and had endured starvation and cannibalism…

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Armies History Piracy Waffen-SS 26 Min Read

Western Allies-Into Germany Part II

Eisenhower had left the semi-mountainous, heavily wooded Ardennes region of Belgium and Luxembourg relatively undermanned. He cannot be wholly blamed for this, since he was receiving intelligence reports from Bradley stating that a German attack was ‘only a remote possibility’ and one from Montgomery on 15 December saying that the…

Germany History Operations Soviet Strategy Waffen-SS 17 Min Read

Kursk: Planning and Preparation – The German Perspective

Soldiers of the Waffen-SS Division “Das Reich” advance alongside a Panzer VI (Tiger I) tank at Kursk in Operation Citadel. As Hitler reviewed Germany’s position in April 1943, the picture was not very bright. Wartime-related economic problems had begun to create discontent in Germany. In addition to Stalingrad, German forces…

Battle Waffen-SS 5 Min Read

Nijmegen Bridge 1940

The Nijmegen road bridge after it had been blown by Dutch Army Engineers on the morning of 10 May 1940. The rail bridge was blown by the Dutch Army on the same morning. The Nijmegen area was the target of the German XXVI Corps with 254th Infantry Division to north…

German Units Operations Waffen-SS 10 Min Read

Waffen-SS in Hungary 1945 Part I

Waffen SS LSSAH Standartenführer Max Hansen with his staff waiting for the Red Army’s attack in the enclosed area of Balaton,Hungary 1945 Operation Konrad. In January 1945, five Waffen-SS divisions were in the process of pulling out of Belgium after the failure of the Ardennes Offensive. Hitler wanted them concentrated…

German Units Operations Waffen-SS 10 Min Read

Waffen-SS in Hungary 1945 Part II

Tiger II B—509.sPz.Abt. Turret no. 300. Velence, Hungary As the pitiful drama in Budapest was entering its final act, Dietrich’s Sixth SS Panzer Army was at last arriving in Hungary in some strength. The German offensive would be conducted in two phases. It was to kick off with a preliminary…

Germany Operations Waffen-SS 8 Min Read

Waffen-SS in Hungary 1945 Part III

One of the very few photographs taken during Operation Spring Awakening. It shows Leibstandarte Division panzergrenadiers advancing past the debris of war. Operation Spring Awakening began officially at 04:30 hours on 6 March, with a massive barrage from the artillery of the Sixth SS Panzer Army. First to move forward…

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Waffen-SS “Wiking” Division at Korsun

Wiking Waffen SS Division breaks out Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket.   Following Soviet attacks in the middle…

10th SS Panzer Division at the Arnhem Battles IV

SS-Standartenführer Heinz Harmel, Regimentskommandeur in der SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Das Reich” erhielt vom Führer als 296. Soldat…

10th SS Panzer Division at the Arnhem Battles I

The high-level command decision provides evidence that the OKW did not anticipate any large-scale Allied…

The Sylwester offensives

The main Nordwind attack by the 17. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division in the Saar Valley went badly from…