ϟϟ-Division Wiking

Danish Waffen-SS Volunteers
The first Danes, Dutch, Flemings, Norwegians and Swedes were concentrated, along with Finns, into the new SS-Division Wiking. The Wiking did receive first-class officers and training before it went into action during late June 1941. The SS-Division Wiking performed so well during its first campaign suggested that troops drawn from outside the Reich´s borders might be an effective way of fulfilling the Waffen-SS manpower requirements. Certainly, the invasion of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a vast expansion of foreign recruitment. When taken prisoner in autumn 1941 the Soviet Major-General P. D. Artemenko, commander of 27th Rifle Corps, said that the SS-Division Wiking had shown greater fortitude than any other formation on either side; the Russians had breathed a sigh of relief, he said, when the division was relieved by Wehrmacht units. Image: Danish Waffen-SS Volunteers taking their oath of allegiance. Public domain.

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