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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.

Waffen SS riflemen grab a quick bite in the middle of action. Waffen SS training stressed endurance with little or no food, although hydration was considered (correctly) indispensable. Some other means of boosting energy were sugar cubes, chocolate, and often "energy pills" like Pervitin, a controlled substance that saw wide use in combat.