Großdeutschland photographic art set 1
This set of 3 different photographs depict a Großdeutschland Panzergrenadier platoon just before engaging in combat. This action is executed early 1943 winter in a Ukraine town during the third battle for Kharkov.
These are high standard copies of authentic photographs belonging to the same set from the same private collection. These are stamped with the ‘Großdeutschland’ cuf title, collection name and presented into a durable framework.
The photographs represent three dramatic scenes. This 1 st set (of two) visualizes Panzergrenadiers preparing for combat.
The first scene shows the Panzergrenadiere preparing for battle. Panzer III’s and Sturmgeschutzen are standing near the roadside while soldiers are assembling their platoons. The Sturmgeschutzen will be loaded with new shells and the soldiers will ride on the back of the panzers to escort them.
The second scene gives a view from a Sturmgeschutz backwards over its rear engine deck. Panzergrenadiere can be seen sitting and lying on top; more Sturmgeschutzen are following this one in the distance. The combat strain can be seen on the, young looking, central Panzergrenadiers face.
The third scene shows a Sturmgeschutze advancing into a Russian town while the Panzergrenadiere prepare to search the buildings in front of this panzer.
Panzergrenadier Division “Großdeutschland”
Panzergrandier Division “Großdeutschland” originates from the ceremonial guard unit which guarded the large German government rallies since the 1920’s.
Eventually it would grow into a large unit which consisted of handpicked soldiers. This division was regarded as an elite-combat Wehrmacht unit and was equipped with the best weaponry.
Like other elite units its soldiers were permitted to wear special (arm) cuff titles representing their division name. “Großdeutschland” fought exclusively on the Eastern Front. It would start out as an Infantry division, later it would be upgraded to a Panzergrenadier division. It would end up fighting in Pillau (East-Prussia) at which point it was designated Panzerkorps “Großdeutschland”and consisted of different divisions; including Tiger tanks and another elite-unit – the Fallschirmjäger division “Hermann Goring”.
(“Großdeutschland” marking; the helmet was used on vehicles, the 'GD' insignia was used on uniforms)