|Den Norske Legion (DNL)|
The SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Norwegen took part in the siege warfare around Leningrad where it suffered heavy casualties. The unit was formed from Norwegian Waffen-SS volunteers who were assured that its area of operations would be Finland. Instead, the unit was deployed to Northern Russia in the occupied Soviet Union. Initially, the Norwegian Quisling regime hoped to deploy over 30,000 Norwegian legionaries to Finnish Lapland, but this was rejected by both the Germans and the Finns. It was withdrawn from the Leningrad sector during March of 1943. Most survivors of the Legion who wanted to continue fighting were transferred to SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 Norge, one of the regiments of the newly formed 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland. Image: after months of training and preparation the Norwegian Waffen-SS recruits swearing the oath of allegiance before being sent to the Leningrad front. The photograph was taken in Stettin. After World War II the city was transferred to Poland. Stettin was transformed from a German into a Polish city as it was renamed Szczecin. Credit: Jaris Almazani. Commons: Bundesarchiv.