Finnisches Freiwilligen-Bataillon der Waffen-SS
The Finnish SS-Freiwilligen-Bataillon Nordost returned to Finland in July 1943 to be incorporated into the Finnish Army. Many members of the disbanded Finnish Volunteer Battalion wanted to continue serving in the Waffen-SS, but were unable to do so because of their assignment to various Finnish Army units, which were often in heavy combat. 282 former Waffen-SS volunteers later become Finnish Army officers. One of these men, SS-Untersturmführer Sulo Suorttanen, eventually rose to become Defense Minister in the Finnish government. Suorttanen was graduated from SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz. Credit: Marc Rikmenspoel, Waffen-SS Encyclopedia. Where a Finnish SS-man stood, the enemy was always defeated. Order of the day (July 11 1943) when the battalion was released from the Waffen-SS: Image: Members of the Finnish SS volunteer battalion Nordost during their homecoming in July 1943. Public domain.
Labels: A7: March – June 1943