ϟϟ-Obersturmführer der Waffen-SS Olin

SS-Obersturmführer Ola Olin
Finnish-Swedish volunteer SS-Obersturmführer and Zugführer Ola Olin (1917 – 1995) served in 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking. Olin led his tanks in many famous battles against the Soviets on the Eastern Front and was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class and the DKiG (German Cross in Gold). The recommendation for the DKiG was made by SS-Obersturmbannführer Fritz Darges (1913 – 2009) on December 12 1944. He received the DKiG on February 28 1945. At Maciejow the Soviets launched a massive attack with several hundred tanks in an east-west direction. The tanks advanced under a massive umbrella of fighter-bomber attacks. SS-Obersturmführer Olin, who had moved into a decoy position with several Panthers had the mission of opening fire first and drawing the enemy´s attention. With nerves of steel, Olin allowed 10 enemy tanks to move past before knocking out the lead vehicle, then the tail vehicle and then all of the vehicles in between. The engagement lasted half an hour and ended with 103 Soviet tanks knocked out or destroyed. Ola Olin was an active member in the postwar organization HIAG (Mutual Help Association of Former Waffen-SS Members). Olin´s cousin, SS-Rottenführer Lars-Erik Ekerot (also ethnic-Swede) remained with the Wiking division till the end of the war. According to Erik Norling's article in Siegrunen #66, Ekerot was tortured in American captivity, and died of the torture wounds soon after his release. Image: Public domain.

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