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German Grenadiers of the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend".

12th SA panzer Hitlerjugend. Normandy France 1944 - These troops were responsible for shooting well after the initial surrender, in cold blood, allied troops. They are not soldiers; they were foul beasts and allied troops in some cases, after catching SS troops, exacted immediate revenge.

12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend

Three brothers of the famed 12th SS-Panzer Division Hitlerjugend of the Waffen-SS. 3 x HJ. by Ayame Ekdahl, via Flickr

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.

Des éléments de la Panzer-Lehr près de Tilly-sur-Seulles le 9 juin 1944.

German Luftwaffe Soldier & his K98 rifle on a hedgerow, 1944.

A German tank destroyer crewman posing next to his Jagdpanther, France, Jun 1944

The Totenkopf division was one of the "Germanic" divisions of the Waffen-SS. These included 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich, and 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking.

SdKfz. 250/3 Ausf A and SdKfz. 251 halftrack vehicles of the German 24th Panzer Division, Southern Russia, 21 Jun 1942.

A German Jagdpanther tank destroyer crewman atop the vehicle during the Allied invasion of France, Jun 1944