German soldiers of Kampfgruppe Max Hansen (1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler) sharing captured american cigarettes with men from 3. Fallschirmjager Division in front of a
american M8 armored car and Sherman tank. Poteau, Belgium,18th December 1944 during the Ardennes offensive.
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.
SS-Untersturmführer Werner Wolff photographed with the Knight’s Cross in 1943. Wolff, the battle-tested adjutant to Joachim Peiper (III./SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 2 “LAH"), took over a leaderless company, following the wounding of its commander, and stopped a massive enemy tank attack in which thirty Soviet tanks were destroyed in close combat during Operation Zitadelle in July 1943. Wolff destroyed one tank with hand held explosives and refused to give ground to the Soviet attack. For this he was decorated with the Knight’s Cross on 7 August 1943. Wolff fell in March 1945 near Inota, Hungary, as commander of the 7./SS-Panzer-Regiment 1 “LAH".
Hitler’s personal guard, the Leibstandarte, parade the streets of
München in 1939. The unit provided honour guards on many state occasions, as well as providing sentries for the new Reichskanzlei in Berlin. The Leibstandarte was often in the public eye, and only the best physical candidates were accepted for this high-profile unit.