ϟϟ-Obersturmbannführer der Waffen-SS Mühlenkamp
Knight's Cross holder SS-Obersturmbannführer Johannes Mühlenkamp was assigned to the 5.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking, from Reich Division Reconnaissance Battalion, as Panzer Battalion commander, until March 1943. When the number of soldiers from the battalion have been increased, the battalion was converted into a regiment. The qualities of the Wiking Divison as a combat unit were already testified by the number of Knight´s Crosses of the Iron Cross awarded to its members. A total of 54 such gallantry awards were made, a figure surpassed only by 69 for the 2.SS-Panzerdivision Das Reich. Its members hoped to eventually see all the Germanic nations united into one body. Tens of thousands of Europeans would follow these initial volunteers. Image: SS-Obersturmbannführer Johannes Rudolf Mühlenkamp with his fox terrier, Ukraine 1943. Private collection.
Labels: C:II March – June 1943