|SS-Unterscharführer Erik Wallin|
ϟϟ-Unterscharführer der Waffen-SS Wallin
Erik Wallin (1921 – 1997) from Stockholm, Sweden, fought in the Swedish Volunteer Corps in Finland (1939 – 1940 and 1941 – 1942) following the Soviet invasion and was awarded several times. When he returned to Sweden he served in the Swedish army at LV7 for a year until he joined the Waffen-SS in January 1943. He refused to swear the oath to Hitler but was never the less stationed with 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking and later transferred to 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland where he served as a platoon commander in SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11. From the fierce fighting in Narva SS-Unterscharführer Wallin continued in the Reconnaissance battalion of the Nordland division all the way to the central government district in Defence sectore Z of Berlin (Zitadelle sector) as described in the book 'Twilight of the Gods' edited by another Swede, the SS-Kriegsberichter Thorolf Hillblad (Leibstandarte SS) who is still alive in 2011. Awards: Iron Cross 2, Close Combat Clasp Silver (Nahkampfspange), Panzer Assault Badge 25, Wound Badge, Finnish Frihetsmedaljen 2 (Medal of Liberty), Finnish Coastal Artillery Cross and the Lapland Cross for the Continuation War - awarded members serving in the Finnish-German Army Corps. Image: Public domain.
Labels: C:IV Battle of the Baltics 1944