Panzerkampfwagen III During the Soviet Winter

Panzerkampfwagen III ausf H tanks of 11th Panzer Division enter a Soviet village. The 11th Panzer Division fought in Operation Barbarossa from June 22, 1941 to June 1944, then the division was transferred to France. It suffered heavy losses in both the Eastern and Western Fronts and was rebuilt several times with personnel and equipment from other units. 11th Panzer surrendered to the Americans in April 1945. Note the equipment covered by tarps and the extra track on the Panzer III ("21") in the background. Crews would live out of their vehicle. The Panzer III in the foreground has a Swastika flag strapped on the turret for identification by German aircraft. Soon fighting would ground to a halt as both the Germans and the Soviets would seek to survive the Russian winters.
Caption Written By: 
Jason McDonald
Date Photographed: 
Thursday, January 1, 1942
Soviet Union