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Soldiers of the Das Reich Division stop by a village to accept water and food from a civilian in Yugoslavia in April 1941. Das Reich was among the forces tasked with striking directly towards Belgrade, the capital of Yugoslavia. It captured Belgrade in record time and with no casualties.

Soldiers of the 7. SS Freiwilligen Gebirgs Division Prinz Eugen inspect the writings on a wall of a building in the Dalmatia Coast between Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia which was left by the enemy in the fall of 1943. The writings on the building reads: “Long live the supreme commander of the People’s Liberation Army and Partisan gangs of Yugoslavia comrade Tito” and “Long live the United Union of Antifascistic Youth of Croatia”.

Red Army soldiers and personnel being searched by soldiers of the Totenkopf Division in Demyansk area during Operation Barbarossa in the autumn 1941. Some of them were dressed in civilian clothes to escape captivity.

An officer from the 17. SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen uses binoculars as the division prepare for a counterattack against U.S. forces in Normandy, June 1944.

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Soldiers from the Wiking Division enter a recaptured village in eastern Poland, after it been set on fire by the Soviets, July 1944. The Wiking Division was mentionated many times in Wehrmachtbericht (Wehrmacht Report) during the summer 1944, for its exemplary steadfastness and its superb conduct during successful counterattacks.

An officer of the 9. SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen busies himself with administration on 20 September 1944. He was photographed at house no. 6 on the Dreijenseweg street, Oosterbeek, Netherlands.

Wiking Division soldiers pursue Soviet attackers in their Sd.Kfz. 251 armored vehicle in Eastern Poland, July 1944.

Two soldiers from the 12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend with a MG 42 machine gun position in the garden of a château in the Caen sector, Normandy, summer of 1944.

A radio operator from the 12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend performs his duties near the town of Caen in July 1944 following the D-Day invasion that took place the previous month.

Norwegian soldiers of the Den Norske Legion in their trench position during many skirmishing actions on the Leningrad Front, summer of 1942. The front was mostly a static one, but it featured daily exchanges of small-arms fire along with sniper duels and scout party clashes. Forward outposts were maintained in front of the main lines manned by snipers, machine-gunners and observers with trench binoculars and they were linked to the main lines and the rear areas with field telephones.

SS-Untersturmführer Gerhard Mahn (right), commander of 11.Kompanie/SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 9 Germania of the Wiking Division, signals to his Panzergrenadiere in Sd.Kfz. 251 armoured half-tracks as they are about to mount an attack against the Red Army during the battles east of Warsaw in the summer of 1944.

The schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101 arrived in Normandy from Paris on 12 June 1944 after a road march conducted mostly during the night due to the Allied air threat. This is Tiger ‘222’ after arrival in its designated assembly area around Villers-Bocage. 

A soldier wearing Platanenmuster zeltbahn as camouflage, with an Sturmbannführer of a Totenkampf unit in a non-regulation jacket tailor-made in the style of the regulation Feldbluse (tunic) from a Zeltbahn of the same material, its green woolen collar salvaged from an old tunic. These field made jackets were popular among officers and senior NCOs; in the summer they allowed the display of rank insignia without the necessity of wearing a wool tunic under a camouflage garment.