5.ϟϟ-Panzerdivision „Wiking“ (XI.Armeekorps)

5.SS-Panzerdivision Wiking
Unidentified SS-Panzergrenadier of  the Wiking divison in the Ukraine on November 5 1943. At this time the SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division Wiking was redesignated as the 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking (October 22 1943) even though it had not been converted into one. Essential elements were still missing, which had not yet been sent to the division from Germany. In front of the division´s sector on the Dnjepr Front, the Soviets had dug in on the large island in the Dnieper River, the so-called “Foxtail Island” and was reinforcing his forces there. In the meantime the operational situation along the Dnjepr was worsening day-by-day. On November 13 1943 the enemy was able to create a bridgehead at Cherkassy. On November 24 1943, a new and deeper penetration occurred near Kremenchug. A Soviet offensive appeared imminent. And it came. However, it did not emanate from Cherkassy. Instead, it came with powerful forces from deep behind the front.
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