History of War

SS DEFENDERS

“FORMED IN THE 1920S AS HITLER’S PERSONAL BODYGUARD, THE LEIBSTANDARTE GREW TO REGIMENTAL AND DIVISIONAL STRENGTH”

12TH SS PANZER DIVISION HITLERJUGEND

21,300 TROOPS; 229 TANKS AND SELF-PROPELLED ASSAULT GUNS

In early 1943 the nucleus of the 12th SS Panzer Division was formed around a cadre from the First SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. The emphasis was on recruiting young men of the

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