A row of destroyed “Hanomags” – France 1944

A row of destroyed “Hanomags” – France 1944

The “Hanomag” or Sd.Kfz 251 series of vehicles was a half tracked armored fighting vehicle of Nazi Germany.  Over 15,000 were built during the war, there were 22 variants of the base vehicle.

These particular half tracks were knocked out by Allied air power between Carrouges and Rânes – an area below Caen and roughly a 12 km stretch of road.  There were two other attacks around the same time which eliminated the entire group.

Panzergrenadiers about to commence an attack – Eastern Front 1944

Panzergrenadiers about to commence an attack – Eastern Front 1944

Untersturmführer Gerhard Mahn, commander of 11th company, 9th regiment “Germania” of the 5th SS Panzer Division “Wiking” directs the actions of the division of armored personnel carriers Sd.Kfz.251.   They are about to mount an attack against the Red Army during the battles east of Warsaw in the summer of 1944