Field Marshal Erwin Rommel awards the Knight's Cross to Corporal Gunther Halma, Jul/22/1942. During the battle of El Alamein, Halma,104th Grenadier Regiment, directed the fire of an anti-tank PaK-36 gun that destroyed nine British "Valentine" tanks from the 23rd Armoured Brigade within minutes.
M10 tank destroyer disguised 703-3 battalion 1st Armored Division and the M4 Sherman tank move through the crossroads between Louge-sur-Maire, La Bellangerie and Montreuil-au-Houlme. In the background a burned-out tractor German SdKfz 7 hours, 88 mm anti-aircraft Cannon Flak18 on the left side of the road lies the corpse of a German soldier.
German soldier boy, ready to march About 15% of Germany's volunteers were students and high school graduates. Entire lecture-rooms and classes - together with professors and teachers - would take themselves down to the recruiting offices. In 1914 during the 1st Battle of Ypres, the German Army hurled many units of these enthusiastic but untrained students into the fray. They were shot down in thousands by the only professional Army in Europe - the British.