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The battle of Kharkov – The cemetery


TITLE: The cemetery
The battle of Kharkov

LOCATION: Russia Kharkov
PERIOD: Jan – Mar 1942, World War 2
SCALE: Scale 1/35 equals 54mm figures
DIM. DIORAMA: 340 x 300 x 220 mm (lxbxh)

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This unique, authentic scene depicts a part of the battle of Kharkov, the scene consist 3 german figures and 1 russian soldier. The scene is painted with oils and acrylics, and is finished with a triangle wooden frame.


It was the following passage from the book: “Platz der Leibstandarte” that inspired me to make this scene.

Meanwhile, the two Panzergrenadier regiments were slowly fighting their way through the Russian perimeter on the northern edge of the Red Square but were not able to make contact with Meyer’s battalion, which by that time was fighting for its very existence. In response to the critical situation, SS-Standartenfuhrer Wisch ordered Peiper’s halftrack battalion to break through to Meyer. Peiper seized an intact bridge, fought through the city and established contact with Witt at the Red Square. By that time, one of Meyer’s companies was encircled in a cemetery and another was pinned down in the upper floors of a school building.

A third company was out of touch with Meyer and its precarious situation was unclear. Before daylight on March 13th, Peiper smashed through the Russian defenses in the center of the city and reached Meyer’s beleaguered battalion.

The rest of Wisch’s regiment followed in the wake of Peiper’s thrust and began the fight for the southern half of Kharkov. Witt’s grenadier batalions cleared the Red Square, secured the surrounding area and made contact with Wisch’s battalions. The panzergrendaier battalions came on line and drove forward in a coordinated attack. Battle groups methodically blasted the Soviet troops out of their defensive positions, supported by point blank fire from howitzers, tanks and assault guns. The Russian troops that survived were forced into the southeastern quadrant of the city. Dynamic young officers such as Kurt Meyer, Max Wunsche and Jochen Peiper personally led attack columns that struck deep into the city, eventually forcing the Russian troops to abandon Kharkov. When “Leibstandarte” role in each phase of Manstein’s Kharkov counterattack is taken into consideration it is clear why its men, after enduring losses necessary to retake the city’s blood stained streets and ruined buildings, renamed the enormous Red Square as “Platz der Leibstandarte”. Over 11.000 Waffen-SS soldiers and over 40.000 Russian soldiers were killed or wounded during the battle of Kharkov from January 30 – March 20, 1943.”