Southern Russia, spring 1942: Two German grenadiers, wearing rain capes, approach enemy positions with their rifles ready.

Southern Russia, spring 1942: Two German grenadiers, wearing rain capes, approach enemy positions with their rifles ready.

Waffen SS during the fighting in France, summer 1940. Platoon leader gives instructions. Note the young rifleman standing at attention while listening -- typical reaction inculcated into every Waffen SS man by fierce training. The platoon leader is armed with an MP40 SMG.

Waffen SS during the fighting in France, summer 1940. Platoon leader gives instructions. Note the young rifleman standing at attention while listening -- typical reaction inculcated into every Waffen SS man by fierce training. The platoon leader is armed with an MP40 SMG.

German soldiers in position.Notice the  soldier with the antitank gun, just behind the one with binoculars,  and on the background two machine -gunners with an MG 34. Russia near Woronesch, June 1942.

German soldiers in position.Notice the soldier with the antitank gun, just behind the one with binoculars, and on the background two machine -gunners with an MG 34. Russia near Woronesch, June 1942.

A senior Wehrmacht NCO rests an MG.34 on the shoulder of a Spiess (Hauptfeldwebel) who is holding a Soviet SVT-40 rifle, somewhere on the Ostfront (Eastern Front) c. '41/'42

A senior Wehrmacht NCO rests an MG.34 on the shoulder of a Spiess (Hauptfeldwebel) who is holding a Soviet SVT-40 rifle, somewhere on the Ostfront (Eastern Front) c. '41/'42

Afrika-Korps buddies pose for a group photograph at a civilian photographer's…

Afrika-Korps buddies pose for a group photograph at a civilian photographer's…

The pressure of combat is shown on the faces of these young SS-Panzergrenadiers of 2. SS-Panzer-Division 'Das Reich'. This Sd.Kfz. 251/1 advance through the soviet steppe in the southern Voronezh Front during the Battle of Kursk. July 1943. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The pressure of combat is shown on the faces of these young SS-Panzergrenadiers of 2. SS-Panzer-Division 'Das Reich'. This Sd.Kfz. 251/1 advance through the soviet steppe in the southern Voronezh Front during the Battle of Kursk. July 1943. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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