A "baby" Waffen SS trooper, most likely of the "Hitlerjugend" SS-Panzer Division that was decimated during fighting in Normandy, June-July 1944. SS recruiters for the division accepted boys as young as 14 into the ranks. By the time of its surrender to the Allies on May 8, 1945, the division stood at 10,000 down from 20,540 at the time of its first deployment.
"This victim of Nazi inhumanity still rests in the position in which he died, attempting to rise and escape his horrible death. He was one of 150 prisoners savagely burned to death by Nazi SS troops. Germany, April 16, 1945."
Croatian soldier fighting with the Germans under the banner of the Croatian Division. He carries a M-36 machine gun and plenty of spare ammunition. Note the "potato masher" grenade stuck under his belt.
Troops of the 150th Infantry Division of the Red Army strike a pose on the steps of the ruined Reichstag in Berlin. In the foreground, the 14-year boy in uniform is the adopted son of the division's Artemenkov Regiment, May 1945.
WWII Victory Pin - Pins that symbolized the hope for victory were worn on the home-front in support of our fighting men and women serving in the war. This is an unusual example with an eagle spread across the V symbol. It is made of sterling silver by Viking Craft