In 1943 all signs pointed to a Soviet offensive to relieve Leningrad, the German command was forced to strengthen the Oranienbaum front and transferred the newly formed 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland to that sector. It was billeted in the Sisak – Glina – Bosnich-Nowi area of Yugoslavia on November 20 1943 when the communist partisans attacked Glina with about 5,000 men. The Danish battalion had 300 men in position and 150 men in reserve, They repulsed all the daytime attacks and one nighttime assault with heavy losses to the enemy. The SS-Pionier-Battaillon 11 and the Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 Norge and 24 Danmark of Nordland arrived the Leningrad sector in advance of the other units of the division in early December 1943. At the time Nordland had a strength of 11,393 men. Image: A Dane at the funeral for men who were killed in action fighting partisans in Croatia during the autumn of 1943. Public domain.