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Tassos S • 1 year ago

Waffen SS-group leader Heinz Reinefarth (on the left, with Cossack cap), general of police and Waffen-SS, with officers of Regiment III of the Cossacks of chief Jakub Bondarenko during the Warsaw Uprising near Wolska street. August 1944. Bondarenko was also colonel of the Infantry Regiment of Kuban Cossacks and fought on the side of the Germans throughout.

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