III.(germanische) ϟϟ-Panzerkorps (Battle of Tannenberg Line)

The Tannenberg Line at Narva Front anchored on three strategic hills. Running west to east, these were known as Hill 69.9, Grenadier Hill and Orphanage Hill. From July 27 1944, 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland fought alongside 20.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (Estonian), 5.SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Wallonien (Walloon), 6.SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Langemarck (Flemish), 4.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Brigade Nederland (Dutch) and Kampfgruppe Strachwitz from the Großdeutschland Division to keep control of Orphanage Hill. Despite the death of the Nordland Division's commander, SS-Gruppenführer Fritz von Scholz killed in action and the subsequent deaths of the commanders of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 Norge and 24 Danmark, the division helped to grimly hold onto the Orphanage Hill and destroyed 113 Soviet tanks on July 27 – 29 1944. Of the 136,830 Soviets initiating the Narva Offensive in July, a few thousand had survived. The Soviet tank regiments had been demolished. The delay of the Soviet advance allowed over 25,000 Estonians and 3,700 Swedes to flee to neutral Sweden. The total number of Estonian Swedes who left during the war was some 8,000. Image: A member of the 4th Company (SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11) hand over information to a SS-Kradschutze (motorcycle courier) from the half-track in July 1944. Note the sun wheel, a pre-Christian Nordic symbol adopted by the Nordland Division. Public domain.

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