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German mountain troopers in the Alps of Carinthia (Austria), 1945

German mountain troopers in the Alps of Carinthia (Austria), 1945

The Greater Germany (Großdeutschland) Division was an élite German Army (Heer) combat unit which saw action during World War II. It was the premier division of the German Army.

The Greater Germany (Großdeutschland) Division was an élite German Army (Heer) combat unit which saw action during World War II. It was the premier division of the German Army.

vintage everyday: World War II Photos in Color This shows how easily you could die or live

vintage everyday: World War II Photos in Color This shows how easily you could die or live

The other protagonist in the book Soldier Boys is Dieter, a 15 year old boy that joined the Hitler Youth.

The other protagonist in the book Soldier Boys is Dieter, a 15 year old boy that joined the Hitler Youth.

CAVEAT: Though usually captioned "a Waffen-SS MG42 crew of the Großdeutschland Division" or the like, this is in fact a re-enactment photo, probably by Progetto 900 in Italy. The cartridge primers in the foreground are actually fired, indicating deactivation. The hi-res image quality, angle, setup, and fresh faces signal re-enactment.

CAVEAT: Though usually captioned "a Waffen-SS MG42 crew of the Großdeutschland Division" or the like, this is in fact a re-enactment photo, probably by Progetto 900 in Italy. The cartridge primers in the foreground are actually fired, indicating deactivation. The hi-res image quality, angle, setup, and fresh faces signal re-enactment.

Some soldiers along with an unit (most likely from the Panzer Division) preparing their position for an expected attack from Allied forces. Note the soldier sitting has quite a few Stielhandgranates near him. Normandy France,

Men of SS-verfügungstruppen Regiment “Germania” most likely in the lowlands of France during Unternehman Fall Gelb.

Men of SS-verfügungstruppen Regiment “Germania” most likely in the lowlands of France during Unternehman Fall Gelb.

Panzerschrek this grenadier is highly decorated check out the gold close combat badge the most coveted of all awards

Panzerschrek this grenadier is highly decorated check out the gold close combat badge the most coveted of all awards

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