The SS Panzer Divisions were the armoured units of the Waffen-SS. They were among the most powerful German ground forces in World War II as they were equipped with the best tanks and most powerful anti-tank guns. They fought bravely both on the Eastern and Western Fronts, as well as in Italy, participating in the Balkan Campaign, Operation Barbarossa, the Battle of Kurks, and the Third Battle of Kharkov.
The first SS Panzer Division was the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, which was created in late September 1943 as an upgrade from the 1st Leibstandarte SS, the Führer personal body guard unit. Other SS Panzer Divisions were: the 2nd SS Das Reich, 3rd SS Totenkopf, 5th SS Wiking, 9th SS Hohenstaufen, 10th SS Frundsberg, and 12th SS Hitlerjugend.
The troops that compose the SS Panzer Divisions were volunteers not only from Germany, but from other European countries, such as Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Holland; even men from Spain and Ukraine were also drafted into the Waffen-SS units. They were fervent, highly-trained soldiers that fought tenaciously on every front of the war.
SS Panzer Divisions in Action