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Tanks of Panzergruppe Kleist during Operation Barbarossa, 1941
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Heinrich Himmler (left, in glasses), head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, inspects a prisoner-of-war camp in this from 1941 in Russia

Heinrich Himmler (left, in glasses), head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, inspects a prisoner-of-war camp in this from 1941 in Russia

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1941, Union Soviétique, Opération Barbarossa, Des soldats allemands au combat derrière un Sd.Kfz. 250 sur des voies ferrées

1941, Union Soviétique, Opération Barbarossa, Des soldats allemands au combat derrière un Sd.Kfz. 250 sur des voies ferrées

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German soldiers of the Großdeutschland Division, one of them equipped with a flamethrower, advance through field during Operation Barbarossa.

German soldiers of the Großdeutschland Division, one of them equipped with a flamethrower, advance through field during Operation Barbarossa.

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A German infantryman walks toward the body of a dead Soviet soldier and a burning BT-7 light tank in the southern Soviet Union during the opening days of Operation Barbarossa, 1941.

A German infantryman walks toward the body of a dead Soviet soldier and a burning BT-7 light tank in the southern Soviet Union during the opening days of Operation Barbarossa, 1941.

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SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Kurt Meyer (Summer 1941). Nicknamed "Panzer Meyer" (1910-1961), he served as an officer in the Waffen-SS during the World War II. He saw action in the invasion of France, Operation Barbarossa, and the Battle of Normandy. After the war, he was put on trial for war crimes relating to the shooting of Allied prisoners in Normandy, for which he was sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He petitioned for clemency and was released in 1954.

SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Kurt Meyer (Summer 1941). Nicknamed "Panzer Meyer" (1910-1961), he served as an officer in the Waffen-SS during the World War II. He saw action in the invasion of France, Operation Barbarossa, and the Battle of Normandy. After the war, he was put on trial for war crimes relating to the shooting of Allied prisoners in Normandy, for which he was sentenced to death. The sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He petitioned for clemency and was released in 1954.

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Operation Barbarossa begins with German troops crossing Russian bordere, 22 June 1941. Photo: Hassadar

Operation Barbarossa begins with German troops crossing Russian bordere, 22 June 1941. Photo: Hassadar

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German Troops - Ukraine 1941 - World War II
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