TANK DESTROYERS moving through the destroyed town of Magdeburg. Scenes such as this were found in many German cities by the advancing Allied forces. Most of the buildings were reduced to rubble by aerial attacks and artillery shelling, and many streets had to be cleared before the troops and vehicles could pass.
German Marder II self-propelled guns driving through a town in Ukraine, mid-1943. The Marder was a capable gun but suffered from a high profile and an open gun firing compartment leaving the crew exposed to mortars, hand grenades, and other indirect fires.