Two panthers of I.SS-Panzer Regiment 12 smolder in Krinkelt after being knocked out on December 18. The Panther in the foreground, with tactical number ‘318’, has had its barrel blown off in the viscious fighting that took place against the U.S.99th Infantry Division, reinforced by the 2nd Infantry Division. Attacking in the early morning fog, the Panthers were easy prey for bazooka teams who were able to close in without being spotted. Later Untersharfhrer Willi Fischer, a Panther commander in 3.Kompanie recalled, ’It was an absolute deathtrap for Panzers’.
A Jagdtiger of the
Heavy Panzerjäger Battalion joins its siblings as the unit surrenders to the U.S. 99th Infantry Division at Iserlohn, Germany - 16 April 1945. The Jagdtiger was the heaviest operational armoured fighting vehicle of the Second World War, mounting a 128 mm gun and effectively impenetrable frontal armour.
A team of paratroopers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, practice a tactical halt with the brigade’s new Light Tactical All Terrain Vehicle on Fort Pickett, Va., Feb. 26, 2015. The 1st Battalion, 325th AIR developed tactics, techniques and procedures for tactical movement with the new LTATVs. The battalion is currently assessing the LTATV as a platform to provide a rifle company with rapid mobility in support of airfield seizure operations.
Recon elements of 12.SS-Panzer-Division in the approaches to Krinkelt, Belgium December 18. The Americans were quick to take advantage of the fog of the morning hours, dragging the German operational timeline into the negative. At this time the German moral was still very much intact, and a breakthrough into the Allied lines is shortcoming, albeit with heavy losses to the 277. Volks-Grenadier-Division who were covering the flanks of the approaching I.SS-Panzerkorps.
Paratroopers from the 1st Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry Regiment and Charlie Troop (LRS) 3rd Squadron, 124th Cavalry Regiment conduct airborne operations at Fort Hood’s Rapido Drop Zone on April 17, 2015. The 314th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., provided the C-130 aircraft for the 36th Infantry Division Soldiers of the Texas Army National Guard. (U.S. Army photo by Maj. Randall Stillinger)
After getting past the slowing advance into the Krinkelt-Rocherath area, the 1.SS-Panzer-Division ‘LSSAH’ managed to take hundreds of prisoners. Here Panzertruppe over-watch the seemingly endless stream of captured American soldiers taken during the initial 3 days of fighting.
U.S. Army Soldiers from Chosen Company, 1st Battalion, 35st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division conduct an attack against the opposing force during Decisive Action Rotation 15-03 at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, Calif., Feb. 5, 2015. Decisive Action rotations at the NTC ensure units remain versatile responsive and consistently available for the current fight and unforeseen future contingencies. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Charles Probst/Released)