ϟϟ-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 (Kurland-Kessel/Courland Pocket)

Pz AAII Nordland
When Riga fell on October 12 1944, all Waffen-SS units were withdrawn into what was known as the Kurland Pocket. From late October to December 1944, the 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland fought fierce defensive battles in the pocket. In January 1945, the division was ordered to the Baltic port of Libau, where it was shipped out of the pocket to Pomerania and assigned to SS-Obergruppenführer Steiner's SS-Panzer-Armeeoberkommando 11 (11th SS-Panzer Army), which was now forming in anticipation of the defence of Berlin. Image: Swedish Volunteers in AA 11 SS-Rottenführer Karl-Olof Holm and SS-Unterscharführer Erik Wallin in Dünaburg (Daugavpils). The 24 year old Holm were caught by the German Feldgendarmerie trying to desert the Kurland pocket. He was probably executed or died in a Penal Battalion in Latvia in 1944. Public domain.

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