6.ϟϟ-Panzerarmee (Unternehmen Frühlingserwachen)

5.SS-Panzerdivision Wiking
On March 6 1945, after the fall of Budapest, the remainder of SS-Oberstgruppenführer Josef Dietrich's 6.SS-Panzerarmee (I.SS and II.SS-Panzerkorps), launched one of the final German offensives of World War II, Operation Frühlingserwachen (Spring Awakening) around Lake Balaton (Hungary) in terrible conditions and against fierce Soviet resistance. After the failure of the offensive, the I.SS and the II.SS-Panzerkorps was involved in defensive battles alongside SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert Otto Gille's IV.SS-Panzerkorps (Totenkopf and Wiking), executing a fighting withdrawal towards Wien, Austria. The I.SS-Panzerkorps consisted of 1.SS-Panzer-Divison Leibstandarte SS, 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend and Schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 101. The II.SS-Panzerkorps consisted of 2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich, 9.SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen and Schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 102. Image: Panther of 5.SS-Panzerdivision Wiking. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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