A young SS soldier, likely of the 12th SS Panzer Divison “Hitlerjugend”, a unit that took 43% of the casualties in the Normandy landings. Most were members of the Hitler Youth, earning it the nickname “Baby Division” by the Allies. Many were so young that rather than standard tobacco/ alcohol ration, they were given chocolate and sweets. In just under a year, the 20,540 members of the division had been whittled down to just 10,000, all of whom surrendered at Enns on May 8, 1945.
French SS volunteer proclaims his allegiance to Hitler. The 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French) and Charlemagne Regiment were collective names used for units of French volunteers in the Wehrmacht and later Waffen-SS.The French were the last German unit to fight the Russians in a pitched battle around Hitler's chancellery.
11th Panzer Division on the way to Moscow, Winter of 1941 by GLORY. The largest archive of german WWII images, via Flickr
German soldier. Heavily armed soldier of the Panzer Division Hermann Göring smiling to the camera (Russia, 1944)