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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.
The Malmedy massacre, near the Belgian town by the same name, in which 80 American prisoners of war were murdered by their German captors during World War II. The massacre was committed on December 17, 1944, by members of Kampfgruppe Peiper (part of the 1st SS Panzer Division), a German combat unit, during the Battle of the Bulge.
German soldier. Heavily armed soldier of the Panzer Division Hermann Göring smiling to the camera (Russia, 1944)
Sitting on a German 88mm Flak gun somewhere in France, a Corporal McAllister of the North Shore Regiment, 8th Brigade, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division, seems to enjoy holding his captured Luger P.08 (1944). Although a positive match cannot be made, others have identified him as the Private McAllister of B Company of the Argylls, who was credited with the capture of 150 German troops in Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives during the August 1944 Battle of the Falaise Gap in Normandy.