Young members of the Hitler Youth listen to an address by Hitler at the Nuremberg Rally in 1935. Indoctrinated early, the children of the 1930s would prove to some of the fiercest defenders of the Third Reich as the Allied forces closed in a decade later… not to mention one of the most decimated population cohorts.
Counterattack with the 12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend in the area north-west of Caen, Normandy, June 1944. The division fought superbly throughout the Normandy campaign, its performance a testimony to the training it had received, its leaders and the calibre of its individual recruits. However, its fighting qualities were to no avail in the face of the Allies so-called ‘materialschlacht’, their overwhelming strength in tanks, aircraft, motorised infantry and artillery.