|Finnish Lapland in September 1944|
The 6.SS-Gebirgs-Division Nord formed the rear guard for the three German corps withdrawing from Finland in Operation Birch and from September to November 1944 marched 1,600 kilometers to Mo i Rana, Norway, including a withdrawal through Rovaniemi, which was burned when Finnish commandos attacked an ammunition train on a siding there. The Norwegian SS-Schijäger-Batallion Norwegen was then left behind, in accordance with their contracts. Nord finally arrived Denmark in December and were immediately transferred to western Germany. The Division's manpower strength was about 15,000 men in December 1944. It then fought in Operation Nordwind in Elsaß-Lothringen in January 1945. The offensive was to break through the lines of the U.S. and French Armys in the Upper Vosges mountains and the Alsatian Plain. Image: SS-Gebirgsjägers put up a bitter sign in Muonio 1944 that reads: Als Dank für nicht bewiesene Waffenbrüderschaft (In gratitude of brotherhood-in-arms not demonstrated). Public domain.