ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“

Danish Waffen-SS Volunteers
Scandinavian Waffen-SS Frontline Nurses
The first Danes, Dutch, Flemings, Norwegians and Swedes were concentrated, along with Finns, into the new SS-Division Wiking. The division was formed around the Germania regiment. The enrollment began in April 1940 with the creation of two regiments: the SS-Regiment Nordland for Danish, Norwegian and Swedish volunteers, and the SS-Regiment Westland for Dutch and Flemish volunteers. 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. Top image: Danish Waffen-SS Volunteers taking their oath of allegiance. Bottom image: Norwegian SS Front Nurses taking their oath of allegiance. The SS was responsible for both the recruitment and training of the volunteer front nurses. The Scandinavian SS nurses mostly served in Nordic volunteer units and formations. Many of them witnessed the heavy fighting at some of the most vicious chapters of the Eastern Front. The Norwegian front nurse Mrs Anne-Gunhild Moxness who served with SS-Division Wiking in Ukraine and Caucasus and with the Germanic SS-Panzerkorps in the Baltic States was the first non-German woman to ever receive the Iron Cross. The nurse in the middle of the photo is SS Frontschwester Elsa Stendal. Public domain.

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