By David Nicolle
This is often the second one quantity in a entire learn of army guns and kit within the center a while.
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Waffen-SS troops inside a forest during the Red Army offensive in January 1945. During the last months of the war the SS did receive a high proportion of tanks, artillery and assault guns, but this was in stark contrast to the enormous volume of armaments being produced by the Russians. The SS were thus faced with a dangerous and worsening prospect, but unlike the normal German soldier many of these elite troops retained their fanatical determination on the battlefield. Two photographs showing mortar crews during operations on the Eastern Front.
The officer is wearing the distinctive winter reversible jacket white-side out. The principal objective of the Red Army was to crush the remaining German forces in Poland, East Prussia and the Baltic states. Along the Baltic an all-out Russian assault had begun in earnest with the sole intention of crushing the remaining understrength German units that had once formed Army Group North. IV advancing along a road in the depth of the winter in late 1944. The Panzerwaffe continued to rigidly commit everything it still had.
To them they would rather bleed fighting on the grasslands of Eastern Europe than surrender and be at the mercy of a Russian soldier. Along the Baltic States the German soldier too was totally aware of the significance if it were lost. They knew that their Führer was determined more than ever to drag out the war and help stave off a Russian drive on Berlin. For this reason he told his battlefront commanders to instil every soldier to fight to the death for every city, town and village. one such city he was fanatical in defending was the ancient Teutonic city of Danzig.
Arms & Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350: Islam, Eastern Europe and Asia (Vol 2) by David Nicolle