12 August 2017

0244 | Photo | SS-Fallschirmjäger-Bataillon 500



Operation "Knight's Move". Members of the Group Red, 500th SS Parachute Battalion, fly from Petrovgrad to Drvar in an "Aunt Ju" (Junkers Ju 52) of the II Group, 4th Transport Wing. Most of the soldiers do not even try to hide their worries about the upcoming jump into the "bandits' nest".

Text © Ivan Ž.

Photographer: Adolf Kunzmann.
Date: 25 May 1944.
Location: unknown, Yugoslavia.
Original caption: "SS paratroopers jump into the centre of Tito's bandit troops. As the High Command of the Armed Forces announced on 6 June 1944, troops of the Army and Waffen-SS under the command of Generaloberst Rendulić in Croatia, supported by strong fighter pilot and ground attack units, raided the centre of Tito's bandit troops and smashed it after days of heavy fighting. The operation began in the dark. After hours of flying, the SS paratroopers' nerves are strained to the utmost, and they prepare themselves mentally for the jump."

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Operacija "Potez skakačem". Pripadnici crvene grupe 500. padobranskog SS-bataljona lete iz Petrovgrada ka Drvaru u "tetki Ju" (Junkers Ju 52) II grupe 4. transportnog puka. Većina vojnika ni ne pokušava da prikrije zabrinutost povodom nastupajućeg skoka u "banditsko gnezdo".

Tekst © Ivan Ž.

Fotograf: Adolf Kuncman.
Datum: 25. maj 1944.
Mesto: nepoznato, Jugoslavija.
Originalni natpis: "SS-padobranci skaču u centar Titovih banditskih trupa. Kao što je saopštila Vrhovna komanda oružanih snaga 6. juna 1944, jedinice vojske i SS-trupa pod komandom general-pukovnika Rendulića u Hrvatskoj, uz podršku jakih lovačko- i jurišno-vazdušnih jedinica, izvršile su prepad na centar Titovih banditskih trupa i razbile ga posle višednevnih teških borbi. Operacija je počela po mraku. Posle višesatnog letenja, nervi SS-padobranaca napeti su do maksimuma, a oni se psihički pripremaju za skok."

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