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A tank crewman part of the SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' enjoys a little down time from invading Eastward by playing a tune on his guitar.

SS Officer Being Searched by an American Miltary Policeman, Normandy, 1944 (Robert Capa)

SS Officer Being Searched by an American Miltary Policeman, Normandy, 1944 (Robert Capa)

German soldier cleans his rifle in the short break between battles at Stalingrad. USSR, Autumn 1942.

German soldier cleans his rifle in the short break between battles at Stalingrad. USSR, Autumn 1942. [690x1024]

German soldier cleans his rifle in the short break between battles at Stalingrad. USSR, Autumn 1942.

Panzer IV of the 12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' in Belgium or France, 1943.

Panzer IV of the 12th SS Panzer Division 'Hitlerjugend' in Belgium or France, 1943.

Rudolf von Ribbentrop (born 11 May 1921) is a former German wine merchant and a former Waffen-SS Captain who served in World War II. He is the son of the German diplomat and Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. Ribbentrop distinguished himself in the Continuation War.

Rudolf von Ribbentrop (born 11 May 1921) is a former German wine merchant and a former Waffen-SS Captain who served in World War II. He is the son of the German diplomat and Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. Ribbentrop distinguished himself in the Continuation War.

A group of very young soldiers of the 12th Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” Waffen SS prisoners in Normandy in July 1944.

A group of very young soldiers of the 12th Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” Waffen SS prisoners in Normandy in July 1944.

Max Wünsche awards an SS-Oberscharführer EKII for shooting down 5 aircraft with this flak gun near Caen. Max Wünsche was never implicated in war crimes during WW2. He would repatriate to relative obscurity in 1947 after having served as an adjutant to Hitler, Sepp Dietrich, Heinrich Himmler & after having won some of Germany's top military awards in the Waffen-SS. He would meet British FM Montgomery in Falaise after his capture.

Max Wünsche awards an SS-Oberscharführer EKII for shooting down 5 aircraft with this flak gun near Caen. Max Wünsche was never implicated in war crimes during WW2. He would repatriate to relative obscurity in 1947 after having served as an adjutant to Hitler, Sepp Dietrich, Heinrich Himmler & after having won some of Germany's top military awards in the Waffen-SS. He would meet British FM Montgomery in Falaise after his capture.

Machine Gunner of the 12. SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend in action. http://www.vantiques.nl

Machine Gunner of the 12. SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend in action. http://www.vantiques.nl

SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Witt and SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Wünsche of German 12th SS Panzer Division ‘Hitlerjugend’ at the Ardenne Abbey, Caen, France, Jun 1944

SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Witt and SS-Obersturmbannführer Max Wünsche of German 12th SS Panzer Division ‘Hitlerjugend’ at the Ardenne Abbey, Caen, France, Jun 1944

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