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

5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking
Panther R02 of Wiking and 151.Infanteriedivision
SS-Obersturmführer Karl Nicolussi-Leck (1917–2008), commander of 8.Kompanie of 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. Top image: With their mission complete, SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans-Georg Jessen, the commander of a company in SS-Panzer-Regiment 5, has time to confer with SS-Hauptsturmführer Friedrich Hannes, commander of 12.Kompanie of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 9 Germania. Jessen was one of the first officers assigned to the Wiking’s tank battalion in 1942 and was hand-picked by Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp in 1943. He was well know in the division as a steady hand in battle. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Ernst Baumann. Public domain. Bottom image: The liberated Wehrmacht Gruppe Ritter, Battalion 500 of the 151.Infanteriedivision, near Brest-Litowsk and their tanker comrades of the Waffen-SS. The Panther in the picture named R02 belonged to commander Johannes Mühlenkamp. Public domain. 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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