IV.ϟϟ-Panzerkorps (Unternehmen Konrad)
Operation Konrad I-III - the German-Hungarian attempt to relieve the Soviet siege of Budapest. The 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking was committed to action on January 1 1945, fighting alongside the 3.SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf (IV.SS-Panzerkorps). The Wiking were penetrating deep into the Soviet defenses through the Hungarian forest-steppes near Táta and the advance columns slammed into the Soviet Fourth Guards Tank Army. The Soviets maneuvered forces to block the advance, and they barely managed to halt the advance at Bicske, only 28 kilometres from Budapest. The Norge Battalion participated in Operation Konrad. The Norwegians captured Pettend on January 24 1945 in desperate combat against 180 Soviet tanks. Most of the battalion had become casualties by the time Pettend was abandoned on January 28 1945. The unit´s Norwegian surgeon, Dr. Tor Storm, remained behind with the wounded, who could not be evacuated. During a 1988 visit to Pettend, Waffen-SS veterans learned from Hungarian civilians that Storm and the wounded were burned alive by the Soviets after their capture. Image: SS-Panzergrenadiers of Wiking in January 1945. The IV.SS-Panzerkorps was doggedly fighting for every meter of ground during the effort to relieve the encircled garrison of Budapest. Commons: Bundesarchiv.