Captive young German soldiers of the 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitler Youth”, the captured soldiers of the 7th U.S. Army in Shillersdorf (Schillersdorf), France.
This picture has been attributed to many units depending on where one looks on the internet, however, it is actually officially attributed to Operation Nordwind, of which the 12th SS was not a part of.
When one looks at the uniforms, it becomes more likely that they were members of the 6th SS Nord division, rgt. 12 (possibly where the 12th confusion arose) who were slaughtered at Wingen sur Moder. Both young men wear the classic gebirgsjager boots that were only seen on non-mountain units VERY rarely. the man on the left wears wicklegamaschen rather than standard gamaschen. This too is almost 100% unheard of on non-mountain units. The guy on the right wears styrian gaiters, again, a gebirgsjager unique item. The man on the right also wears a bergmutze, NOT an m43, something that many might not recognize the different, but this man is clearly wearing a bergmutze, again, something unique to gebirgs units. The man on the right also wears dark steingrau trousers which would not have been worn by the 12th SS HJ but was common in the 6th SS NORD. Lastly, the hodge podge of wool and improvised winter wear is also indicative of the manner in which the men of Nord were evacuated from the northern front and thrust into the west.
I am going to go ahead and say that these are for sure members of Nord.
Schillersdorf, France is along the Route De Wimmenau - Less than 20 minutes to the right flank of Wingen-sur-Moder where the men of 6.SS Nord Rgt. 12 fought until the end of Nordwind. 12.SS was operational for Wacht Am Rhein in the Ardennes/Bastogne region, and later moved to Budapest/Hungary in ‘45. Both far away/unrelated to this small French town.
All I want for xmas is a damn blank fire Mp40 that costs as much as my car.
Clyde Barrow with a couple BAR’s and a cut-down Browning Auto 5.
Partied with my favorite dude last night.