Battle of Normandy, France. 21 June 1944. A 21-cm-Nebelwerfer 42 in action
OTD in 1944, Fontenay-le-Pesnel, France. A German 75mm PAK40 anti-tank gun and one of its gunners lying dead beside it.
Fw 190 pilot poses casually next to his aircraft that made it back in spite of direct flak hit to the fuselage - 1944.
Belgium, Beverloo. March 1944 - Field Marshal General Gerd von Rundstedt visits the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" during an exercise; PK 698 / Photos by war correspondent Bernhard Kurth
Field Marshal General Gerd von Rundstedt visits the parade display of medium-sized armored personnel carriers (Sd.Kfz. 251) and Panzer IV.
The 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" (German: 12. SS-Panzerdivision "Hitlerjugend") was a German armoured division of the Waffen-SS during World War II. The majority of its junior enlisted men were drawn from members of the Hitler Youth, while the senior NCOs and officers were from other Waffen-SS divisions.
The division committed several war crimes while en route to and during the early battles in Normandy, including the Ascq and Ardenne Abbey massacres. It first saw action on 7 June 1944 as part of the German defensive operations at Caen, and suffered great casualties during the Battle of the Falaise Pocket.
In December 1944, the division was committed against the US Army in the Ardennes offensive. After the operation's failure, which became known as the Battle of the Bulge, the division was sent to Hungary to participate in fighting around Budapest. The division eventually retreated into Austria and surrendered to the 7th US Army on 8 May 1945. After the war several members of the division, including its commander Kurt Meyer, were convicted of war crimes.

Germany, 1944. Production of the Panzer VI "Tiger I" in a tank factory; KBK Lw zbV / Photos from war correspondent Hebenstreit
A tank factory (also Panzer Montagewerk or Schwere Waffenfabrik) is a factory for the armaments industry, in which battle tanks and other heavy, armored ground vehicles are manufactured.
In some cases, tank factories carry out increases in combat value and repairs to battle armored vehicles.
In the German Reich or the Greater German Reich, the largest and most productive tank factory was the state works Nibelungenwerk near Linz in Upper Austria, commissioned on September 19, 1939. The armor parts were supplied by the Upper Danube Iron Works. A large plant was built with Demag Fahrzeugwerke Falkensee GmbH, that should be used by the private tank manufacturers for their production in order to minimize the entrepreneurial risk for the German state compared to the Nibelungenwerk. Thousands of foreign forced laborers and concentration camp prisoners were used in the factories.

Eastern Front, 1944. - Repair of a Panzer V Ausf.G "Panther", use of a Strabokran (Fries crane) with a load capacity of 16 tons; PK 695 / Photos by war correspondent Waidelich
The Strabokran was a transportable overhead crane that was used by the armored repair units of the Wehrmacht during World War II.
The J. S. Fries Sohn company in Frankfurt am Main developed the Strabokran before the war began. There were three variants that differed in their load capacities from 15 to 16 tons and different years of construction. Around 100 units were built by the end of the war, some of them under license from the Stratenwerth company in Duisburg. Half-chain hoisting machines (Sd.Kfz. 8 or Sd.Kfz. 9) pulled the Strabokran in the field. It took ten soldiers about an hour to assemble the Strabo crane. Only workshop companies of the units equipped with Panther or Tiger had it.
France, at Dinard Air Base near St. Malo. July 1944 - Captured British M4 Sherman Firefly tank with German license plates / Balkenkreuzen; Lw Kdo West / Photos by war correspondent Stöpfgeshoff

Soviet Union, 1942. - A sniper of the Waffen-SS in his Flecktarn field uniform with a Mauser K98 (Caliber 8x57IS) with a Zeiss "Zielvier" steel sniper scope while aiming in his position / Photos by war correspondent Kurt Hoppe

Soviet Union North, February 1943.- A raid troop of the SS Volunteer Legion "Netherlands" with winter clothing in a forest area / Photo by war correspondent Reinsberg
The Volunteer Legion Netherlands (Dutch: Vrijwilligerslegioen Nederland) was a collaborationist military formation recruited in the German-occupied Netherlands during World War II. It was formed in the aftermath of the German invasion of the Soviet Union and fought on the Eastern Front in the Waffen-SS alongside similar formations from other parts of German-occupied Western Europe. It was the largest Dutch SS unit.
The Volunteer Legion was renamed the 4th SS Panzer Grenadier Brigade Netherlands in October 1943. It was officially re-designated as a division in February 1945 but never grew to larger than a brigade.
The SS-Freiwilligen-Standarte Nordwest, in which Flemings also served, was reclassified to the SS-Freiwilligen-Verband Holland in July 1941, because Mussert and Seyffardt had campaigned for a purely Dutch association. The volunteer association was finally renamed the SS Volunteer Legion Netherlands on September 24, 1941.
The Legion had about regimental strength and was used from January 1942 in the war against the Soviet Union, where they inter alia. took the Soviet General Vlasov prisoner.

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