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Generaloberst Heinz Guderian visited the 13./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 of the Leibstandarte Division in his capacity as Inspector General of the Armored Forces in mid-April 1943, Kharkov area, Ukraine. The company commander’s tank Tiger ‘405’ is displayed for Guderian.

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The Panthers of the 5. SS Panzer Division Wiking in action in Kovel sector, where the division saw fierce combat in the spring of 1944.

Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler examines a Tiger tank with SS-Hauptsturmführer Herbert Zimmermann (left), the commander of the 8./SS-Panzer-Regiment 2 of the Das Reich Division, Kharkov area, Ukraine, 24 April 1943. In the hands of the Waffen-SS the Tiger will rule.

Wiking Division Panther immobilized with track damage, but the gun is in working order, and the crew continue to give fire support. Kovel sector, spring 1944.

Wiking Division Panzergrenadiere in Sd.Kfz. 251 armoured half-tracks go out on a mission, while a plume of smoke rises in the background, Nurzec-Stacja area, July 1944. Action seems to be imminent.

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Tiger Tanks from the 13./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 of the Leibstandarte Division on the move in the area of operation west of Kiev in late 1943.

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Tiger tanks from the 13./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 of the Leibstandarte Division roll out on a mission west of Kiev in late 1943.

Fallschirmjäger take cover behind Tiger ‘124’ of the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 510 in the fighting near Akmenė, Lithuania in August 1944.

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The Ukraine in early 1944. A formation of armored vehicles moves up to the front across a bleak, desolate winter landscape towards a desperate battle against overwhelming odds.

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German Army StuG III’s and IV’s move out on a mission in Eastern Poland in the summer of 1944. Intense firefight with Soviet forces ensue in a village.

Panzergrenadiere from the Wiking Division in Sd.Kfz. 251 armoured half-track heading into action in July 1944, east of Warsaw.

The men from the Wiking Division at the start of the brutal campaign to defend Poland in the summer of 1944.

Joachim Peiper (foreground) in his command vehicle Sd.Kfz. 251 giving instruction outside Kharkov in February 1943. During this period the 320. Infanterie-Division was cut off by the Red Army with a wide gap of some 65km (40 miles) appeared between it and the Leibstandarte Division. A kampfgruppe under the command of SS-Sturmbannführer Joachim Peiper was formed and tasked with penetrating some 40km (25 miles) behind enemy lines, contacting the 320. Infanterie-Division, and guiding it back to the German lines. This was no small undertaking, but was one which Peiper accomplished with great success and remarkably little loss of life. For this achievement, Peiper was awarded the Knight’s Cross. It was the first of many daredevil exploits which would be carried out by this remarkable soldier.