04 January 2014

A Young SS Hitlerjugend Soldier Captured by the Canadian at Normandy

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Date: Wednesday, 9 August 1944
Place: Caen, Basse-Normandie, France
Photographer: Unknown

A captured Panzergrenadier of the SS-Panzer-regiment 25 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend" taken by a Canadian Intelligence Unit during the fighting for Caen. The official Public Archives of Canada caption for this photo taken a month after the activities in question, contains no information about the prisoner other than his division. Note: both allied soldiers are wearing the British P-1944 "Turtle" Mk III steel helmet, which was introduced shortly before D-Day. The Mk III helmet was much superior to the conventional "Brodie" helmet normally worn by British & Commonwealth soldiers. The soldier nearest the camera is holding a .303" Lee Enfield rifle in his right hand.. Canadians have mistreated prisoners because: In June 7th (one day after D-Day), the 25th Panzer-Grenadier Regiment under the command of SS-Standartenführer Kurt Meyer (Kurt Adolf Wilhelm Meyer, “Panzermeyer”) in conjunction with the 12th SS Panzer Regiment managed to repel the Canadians, and destroyed 28 tanks, and infantry regiment “Highlanders Nova Scotia “(born Nova Scotia Highlanders) suffered heavy losses. In this case, the loss of the German divisions were only six people! During the operation, the soldiers of 12. SS-Panzer-Division executed 20 Canadian prisoners of war in the Abbaye d’Ardenne. The "Hitler Youth" Division itself had the lowest percentage of prisoners. Of the original 21,300 men, in Gosostava 1945 it survived only 455 officers and men! The average age of the member of the Division was 17 – 18 years old!

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  1. These prisoners were beaten to a pulp (after capture).

  2. Shows you who the REAL bad guys were, that's why there is tons of "those bad nazis" crap on TV 247. The allies did the most sick disgusting thing imaginable.

  3. You are wrong. These young men (12 ss) executed/ slaughtered the North Nova boys in the Abbaye. An order given to them by Meyer himself. Horrible! You think they had THAT coming to the them? You feel bad for the nazis? ...really.. Who wins... Them, us, you...no one does.

  4. On June 7, The 12th SS division did not only lose 6 men on the canadian front, this is a ridiculous statement, the official history of the division is clear about it, just go and read it; casualties were in the hundreds, the SS were stopped in their attempt to destroy the allied bridgehead, the were furious because of their failure and their casualties and this is why they murdered prisonners

  5. I've seen the number of Canadian soldiers murdered by 12 SS as high as 155. They began murdering prisoners the first day they arrived at the front yet some have suggested they murdered in retaliation to Canadians murdering 12 SS soldiers! Kurt Meyer was convicted and sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted by General Vokes. Soldiers under Meyers are also known to have murdered prisoners and civilians on the Eastern front.

  6. The SS executed hundreds of thousands of people they considered "subhuman", German youth only followed orders, but we all as human beings have a soul and compassion. I feel no pity for the enemy, how ever young they were. War is hell.