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Das Reich at Kharkov part 2

Post by Freakshowbilly on Thu Mar 26, 2015 7:26 pm

A figure I made for a pal..
Early in 1943, Das Reich was transferred back to the Eastern Front, where it helped reclaim the crumbling central front around Kharkov. After helping to recapture Kharkov, Das Reich, along with many other divisions, was thrown into a massive assault in the Kursk salient, a huge bulge in the German front line around the area of Kursk and Byelgorod. Das Reich pushed over 64 km (40 mi)[citation needed] into the southern sector of the bulge, but was pulled out of the battle along with the other SS divisions when the offensive was called off. It was soon sent back to try to halt the Soviet counterattack (Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev). Along with the 3rd SS Totenkopf, Das Reich launched a counterattack against two Soviet tank armies, which had achieved a significant breakthrough. During the following battles the two SS divisions destroyed much of the Soviet armor, up to 800 tanks. Further Soviet reinforcements stopped the German counterattack.

After a brief period of fighting, Das Reich was refitted once again, this time as SS Panzer Division "Das Reich". In doing so, it left a portion of the division in the East titled Kampfgruppe "Das Reich", also known as Kampfgruppe Lammerding. The rest of the division was transferred to the West to refit, and while doing so, took part in anti-partisan operations in France, and perpetrated the massacre at Oradour-sur-Glane.

In winter 1943–1944 another massive Soviet winter counter-offensive managed to encircle German units in the center of the front. Kampfgruppe "Das Reich" was one of the units affected, but an assault by II SS Panzer Corps managed to rescue the trapped elements of Das Reich. In February 1944 the Kampfgruppe was transferred to France to join the rest of the Division already stationed there. The remaining small portion of the division left in the East was renamed Kampfgruppe Weidinger and was involved in the retreats through Proskurov and Tarnopol. Most of Das Reich was stationed in the southern French town of Montauban north of Toulouse, where it received new equipment and freshly trained troops.

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Re: Das Reich at Kharkov part 2

Post by dti62 on Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:49 pm

I really like what you done here! Fantastic job!
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