The European ϟϟ (Battle of Narva)

11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland
Several Western scholars refer The Battle of Narva (February 2 – August 10 1944) to as the Battle of the European SS because the majority of the defenders were European Waffen-SS volunteers. Joining the Scandinavian and Dutch Nordland were formations from all over Europe. The SS Panzer Corps consisted of 24 volunteer battalions from Denmark, East Prussia, Flanders, Holland, Norway and Wallonia as well as the local Estonian conscripts motivated to resist the looming Soviet re-occupation. Altogether, the defenders of the Narva River line amounted to 50,000 men. Against them, the Soviets threw 200,000 men of Marshall Leonid A. Govorov's Leningrad Front. Stalin was personally interested in taking Estonia, viewing it as a precondition of forcing Finland out of the war. The Soviet operation were exhausted by the III (Germanic) SS-Panzerkorps in ferocious battles. The first Soviet Narva Offensive was halted on February 20 1944. Image: Public domain.

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