This is the complete frame of one of the most famous stills from the German side in World War II. It is one of several taken (along with newsreel film) on December 18, 1944 near Poteau, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. The men are smoking captured American cigarettes, and they are part of the 1st SS Panzer Division, Kampfgruppe Hansen. The man on the left is holding an FN High Power pistol, and is draped in a 7.92mm MG42 ammunition belt. He has been wrongly identified as Walter…
In a captured image distributed by the Signal Corps, a German trooper is seen near the Ardennes Forest. It is one of the most famous stills from the German side in World War II, and is one of several taken (along with newsreel film) on December 18, 1944 near Poteau, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. The soldier is part of the 1st SS Panzer Division, Kampfgruppe Hansen, and he is draped in a 7.92mm MG42 ammunition belt. He has been wrongly identified as Walter Armbrusch.
Panzergrenadiers from Kampfgruppe Hansen (one of the three large kampfgruppe of the Leibstandarte Division) take a cigarette brake. Such a state was the norm during combat operations. This photograph was taken after the action on the Poteau and Recht road, in early hours of 18 December 1944.
SS-Standartenführer Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp, the commander of the Wiking Division’s Panzer Regiment and from 12 August 1944 the commander of the Division, photographed in the summer of 1944, east of Warsaw. While serving as commander of the Wiking Division, on 21 September 1944 he was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight’s Cross. Note the "Dracula" smile.
Lieutenant Robert Boscawen on the left with radiophones, commander of 2 Troop, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, Guards Armoured Division, XXX Corps, in a Sherman Firefly IC Hybrid with a 17-pounder anti-tank gun as it's main armament, Patrolling the river Muese at Namur in Belgium. Monday, December 25, 1944.
The Malmedy Massacre was a war crime in which 84 American prisoners of war were murdered by members of Kampfgruppe Peiper (part of 1. SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler). This tragedy happened on December 17, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge.
The brave and principled gentleman in this photograph. The real Claus von Stauffenberg who was behind the 1944 plot to kill Hitler. He was executed and deemed a traitor until later years when Germans build a memorial to him and the others behind the attempt to save the destruction of Germany from Hitler. They KNEW if their plan failed they would be executed.
A dangerous woman in the most literal sense, Senior Sergeant Roza Shanina was a sniper in the WWII Soviet Army. She racked up at least 54 kills of German soldiers before her death from wounds at age 20. She served part of the time in an all-woman sniper unit. Before the war she worked as a kindergarten teacher.