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About the Project

So here I would like to present to you my new or better said old army which I have been pushing for 6 years. The new Flames of War book for the Waffen SS is coming soon. And in the old V3 version I had to start painting the 17th SS division, but never finished it. I want to use the time now and get the army ready and maybe also need for tournaments thanks to the Corona time.

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The first pictures of the painted troop.

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Anti-tank weapons of the division

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5-cm PaK 385-cm PaK 38
7,5-cm-Panzerabwehrkanone 40 (PaK 40)7,5-cm-Panzerabwehrkanone 40 (PaK 40)
8,8-cm-PaK 438,8-cm-PaK 43
8,8-cm-FlaK 368,8-cm-FlaK 36
Panzerfaust 30Panzerfaust 30
Raketenpanzerbüchse 54Raketenpanzerbüchse 54

Artillery of the 17th SS Division

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8-cm-Vielfachwerfer „Himmler-Orgel“8-cm-Vielfachwerfer „Himmler-Orgel“
10,5-cm-leichte Feldhaubitze 1810,5-cm-leichte Feldhaubitze 18
15-cm-schwere Feldhaubitze 1815-cm-schwere Feldhaubitze 18
15 cm Nebelwerfer 4115 cm Nebelwerfer 41

The vehicles of the 17th SS Division

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Here are the vehicles of the division that they use in Normandy. Here are some photos.


 StuG IV or Sturmgeschutz IV StuG IV or Sturmgeschutz IV
Tank destroyer IVTank destroyer IV
Opel Blitz 3 ton truck with 2cm flakOpel Blitz 3 ton truck with 2cm flak
 Opel Blitz 3 ton truck transporter Opel Blitz 3 ton truck transporter
Panzer IVPanzer IV
Panzer V Ausf A Panther (late) , 1944Panzer V Ausf A Panther (late) , 1944
Schützenpanzerwagen Sd.Kfz. 251Schützenpanzerwagen Sd.Kfz. 251

Images of the uniforms

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Here I would like to give you some photos of the uniforms of the SS troops that I use as a model for the figures.

Background and info for the troops building

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Here are some key dates I want to use for my background

The army will only be limited to Normandy.


Formation and training

The division was raised near Poitiers, France as the Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Götz von Berlichingen” in October 1943. It was formed from scratch, with the majority of its original cadre coming from replacement units and conscripts, many of whom were Romanian Germans and French volunteers. The division was granted the honour-title Götz von Berlichingen.Obersturmbannführer Otto Binge oversaw the formation of the division, with the newly promoted Brigadeführer Werner Ostendorff taking command in January 1944. The Götz von Berlichingen was placed under the LXXX Army Corps, a part of Generalfeldmarschall Gerd von Rundstedt’s Heeresgruppe D.

As part of a plan to number all named SS divisions in early 1944, the division was re-titled the 17th SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Götz von Berlichingen”. In February 1944, the division still lacked vehicles. During the same year, on the orders of LXXX Army Corps, the division began to round up French vehicles in an attempt to complete its mobilization. By March, most of the major combat formations were fully motorised, although two of the six infantry battalions were still on bicycles. On 1 June, the Götz von Berlichingen found itself at Thouars in France, with no tanks (although the crews were fully equipped with 42 Sturmgeschütz IV assault guns), only a few months’ training, and below strength in officers and NCOs.

Battles for Normandy

After the Allied invasion of June 6, 1944, the Götz von Berlichingen was ordered to Normandy to take part in the efforts to reduce the Allied beachhead. On June 10 the Division made contact with 182 paratroopers of the 3rd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division, and B Company, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, at the village of Graignes. This small group of paratroopers had been dropped mistakenly by the U.S. 9th Army Air Force Troop Carrier Command and had decided to try and hold their positions. The ensuing battle, and the criminal execution of wounded paratroopers and French civilians by the “Götz von Berlichingen”, has since been known as the Battle of Graignes. On June 11 the reconnaissance battalion engaged in combat near the town of Carentan with the paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division.

The Americans secured the town and were advancing south by the morning of June 13.

SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 37, supported by the assault guns of the division’s Panzer battalion and Oberst (colonel) Friedrich August Freiherr von der Heydte’s 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment, attacked the advancing paratroopers. In what the Americans dubbed the Battle of Bloody Gulch, the Germans routed two paratroop companies before their attack was stopped by the arrival of Combat Command A of the U.S. 2nd Armored Division.

For the rest of the month, the division was engaged in heavy fighting for the bocage country near Saint Lô and Coutances. During this period, the Götz von Berlichingen suffered heavy losses and by the beginning of July, its strength was reduced to 8,500 men. The division was in the line of advance for Operation Cobra, and suffered heavy losses attempting to halt the Allied offensive. It was encircled by the U.S. 2nd Armored Division around Roncey where it lost most of its armored equipment. It was then ordered to take part in the Mortain Offensive, codenamed Operation Lüttich. After the failure of this offensive, the division was split into four Kampfgruppen, ‘Braune’, ‘Gunter’, ‘Fick’ and ‘Wahl’. These small units managed to escape encirclement in the Falaise Pocket, but suffered heavy losses and remained in almost constant combat against the advancing Americans until the end of the month, when the division was transferred to Metz for a much-needed rest and refit.

In July the reserve battalion of the division was involved in counterinsurgency action against Operation Bulbasket in the Vienne Department.