Großdeutschland photographic art set 2
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 2 nd set (of two) visualizes the aftermath of the combat in which the Sturmgeschutzen and Panzergreandiers were engaged..
The first scene shows a Sturmgeschutz to the left with some Russian casualties in front of it. In the distance to the right, near some houses, stands a group of Panzergrenadiers.
The second scene shows something burning in the distance. When looking more closely one can see a turret and barrel pointing to the left. It is a Russian T34 tank which is destroyed by “Großdeutschland” units. A lonely Panzergrenadier (attached war reporter?) watches nearby.
The third scene contains a destroyed Russian anti-tank cannon, most likely horse-drawn – the horse is visible standing in the rear, and some Panzergrenadiers watching to the right. Their distinctive outfits clearly visible.
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)