ϟϟ-Panzer-Regiment 5 (Kovel encirclement)

SS-Panzer-Regiment 5/5.SS-Panzerdivision Wiking
SS-Panzer-Regiment 5/5.SS-Panzerdivision Wiking
The Red Army threw ten rifle divisions, a tank corps, and two tank brigades into the Battle of Kovel. They were checked in bloody defensive fighting, in wich SS-Standartenführer Mühlenkamp, Oberst Fromberger and Lieutenant General Heinrich Nickel particularly distinguished themselves. Soon after beginning the attack, SS-Obersturmführer Nicolussi-Leck received a radio message from the besieged commander to halt his attack and withdraw. He ordered his radio operator to ignore the call, and continued the attack. Risking court-martial, Nicolussi-Leck proceeded to fight his way though the Red Army encirclement, destroying several tanks in the process. His Panther tank was the first panzer to break the encirclement, for his actions he was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. The Soviet Red Army lost 295 tanks in the battle of Kovel. Top image: Commander SS-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp in his Panther R02. Besides him SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans Flügel in his Panther. Photo taken on April 6 1944. Bottom image: Panther "800" belonged to SS-Obersturmführer Nicolussi-Leck´s Kompanie 8, SS-Panzerregiment 5, 5.SS-Panzerdivision Wiking. Commons Bundesarchiv.

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