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In Memory of Third Battle of Kharkov, Ukraine

Totenkopf's No.731 Panzer IV and Panzergrenadier

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Tank Commander
MG Gunner 1
MG Gunner 2
Special thanks to Violette du Bois for providing excellent photos
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The SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf was one of the three original SS combat formations. The original formation was SS-Totenkopf-Verbaende that consisted of guard units from the concentration camps formed into military units and trained for combat. The bulk of the Totenkopf-Verbaende was formed into the SS-Totenkopf-Division on 16 Oct 1939 and became motorized gradually during 1939 to 1940. There were three (SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment 1, 2, and 3) fully motorized infantry regiments in the SS-Totenkopf-Division (mot.) by May 1940. The SS-Panzer-Abteilung 3 joined the division on 1 Jun 1942 and expanded to SS-Panzer-Regiment 3 with only one battalion on 14 Oct 1942. The division was reorganized as SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Totenkopf on 9 Nov 1942 with one panzer regiment (only one panzer battalion), two panzer grenadier regiments (each with three battalions), one fast rifle regiment (two battalions) and one panzer artillery regiment. This picture was an excellent example for cooperation between Panzer and Grenadier. It was taken as one of the serial pictures in the spring of 1943 in Kharkov when German retook the city. The grenadier squad mounted on No.731 Panzer IV and prepared for street fighting. However, the picture showed only tank commander, first MG gunner and second MG gunner.

The Battle for Kharkov, Winter 1942/1943
Last Victory in Russia: The SS-Panzerkorps and Manstein's Kharkov Counteroffensive - February-March 1943

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