ϟϟ-Oberscharführer der Waffen-SS Olsson (Kamenets-Podolsky pocket)
Sven-Erik Olsson from Sweden fought on the Eastern front at Tarnopol in March 1944 when Generaloberst Hans-Valentin Hube's 1.Panzer Army was to break out from the Kamenets-Podolsky toward Tarnopol, where relief forces led by SS-Obergruppenführer Paul Hausser´s II.SS-Panzerkorps were to meet them. The Kamenets-Podolsky pocket is still studied in military academies today as an example of how to avoid annihilation when forces are trapped in a pocket. Olsson was promoted SS-Oberscharführer and served as a personal signaler for SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Harmel, commander of 10.SS-Panzer Division Frundsberg. He took part in the fighting in Normandy where he was injured August 1944 but soon returned to his unit. Olsson continued fighting in Pommerania, Stettin-Altdamm, Stargard and Raum Cottbus before ending WWII at Komotau where he destroyed his SPW after an attempt to reach Dresden failed. Olsson was taken prisoner by the Americans and returned to Sweden in 1947. Awards among others: Iron Cross (1st and 2nd class), Close Combat Clasp in Bronze and German Cross in Gold. Image: Sven-Erik Olsson as SS-Unterscharführer (later promoted SS-Oberscharführer). Public domain.