Waffen SS during firefight at undetermined location on the Eastern Front. Note the man on the right deploying a Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" with stock. An unlikely weapon for a front line unit in WW2, the C96 in 7.63X25mm was extensively used during WW1. Its shoulder stock, long barrel, and high-velocity cartridge, had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols.
Hitler exchanges a handshake with one of his favorite general, Generalobest Eduard Dietl, commanding 3.Mountain Division and, later, general-in-command of the 20th Mountain Army. Popular with the troops and a hard-nosed Nazi, Dietl was killed in a plane accident in 1944.
Generaloberst Ferdinand Schörner (center) a die-hard Nazi, was the last field marshal named by Hitler before his suicide and, briefly, the last chief of the German army. After the war, he was imprisoned in the USSR to serve a 25-year sentence, but he was released in 1955. Known as "bloody Ferdinand" and "Hitler's most brutal field marshal," Schorner was briefly jailed in Germany too and died in 1973.