hitlerjugend

A soldier from the 12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend pass the burning wreckage of a Sherman tank in the area north-west of Caen, Normandy, shortly after the invasion in June 1944.

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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.