ϟϟ-Obersturmführer der Waffen-SS Nicolussi-Leck (Kovel encirclement)

SS-Panzer-Regiment 5
The liberated Gruppe Ritter, Battalion 500 of the Wehrmacht, near Brest-Litowsk thank their comrades of the Waffen-SS. SS-Obersturmführer Karl Nicolussi-Leck (1917–2008), commander of 8.Kompanie (SS-Panzer-Regiment 5), succeded in making a break through to the encircled town of Kovel on his own initiative and under severe conditions. Nicolussi-Leck ´s Panthers along with the III.Battalion/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 Germania greatly contributed to the occupying troops holding out. After 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking had established a corridor to the trapped forces, the withdrawal began on April 10 1944.
Panther of Wiking and 151.Infanteriedivision
After World War II Karl Nicolussi-Leck like many of his Waffen-SS comrades left Europe for South America, but returned in the early 1950's. He was the founder of the South Tyrolean Center for Education, the University Claudiana and the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bozen. Awards among others: Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross and the German Cross in Gold. Images: Common Bundesarchiv.

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