Sunday, July 26, 2015

Men of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 Erect Temporary Grave Crosses for the Dead

Men of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend" erect temporary grave crosses for SS-Oberscharfuhrer Helmut Belke along the walls of Abbaye d'Ardenne (Ardenne Abbey) during the first days of the Normandy Invasion. Those who fell were generally buried first at site in the blood-drenched soil of Normandy. During the few pauses in the battle, members of the division cared for the graves of their fallen comrades. Belke himself was the driver for the Regimentskommandeur, SS-Standartenführer Kurt "Panzermeyer" Meyer. He was killed in action in the attack on Bretteville on June 9, 1944. As you can see the soldier on the left is wearing Italian camo (M1929, "telo mimetico"), the right one has a smock in Rauchtarn-Muster (blurred edge, spring version). Photo by Propaganda-Kompanie photographer (SS-PK) Wilfried Woscidlo

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