Tragedy of the Faithful „Norge“

SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 Norge
11.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland
The surrvivers of 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland, under command of SS-Brigadeführer Dr Gustav Krukenberg, held out against overwhelming odds when trapped in Berlin. On April 30 1945 they were issued that those who could were to break out to the west. Several small groups managed to reach the Americans at Charlottenburg, but many more did not, among them the 3.Kompanie (Swedish) of SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 who fought a desperate and ultimately useless battle to escape the surrounding Soviets. The few Grenadiers of the Nordland who surrendered to the Red Army were sent eastward, most never to be seen again. The break out from the Reich Chancellery and Führerbunker started at 23:00 hours on May 1 1945. Top image: Vehicle of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 Norge, Oberwallstraße, Berlin in July 1945. Second image: Schwimmwagens of 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland. One with the tactical marking of (motorized) divisional HQs. The photograph is taken at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin-Mitte in July 1945 with the Deutscher Dom in the background. Public domain.

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