„Wiking“ volunteers

SS-Unterscharführer Wurrer
SS-Sturmmann Eriksson
Left image: SS-Unterscharführer Wurrer, a baker in SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking, wearing the Old Style Service Cap. Public domain. Right image: SS-Sturmmann, later promoted SS-Unterscharführer, Sten Eriksson was a Swedish volunteer who first served with SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania of the Wiking Division in the Caucasus. Later he served with SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 (Panzergruppe Saalbach) of the 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland in the Baltics. Sten Eriksson wrote after the war: In Berlin, 2 May 1945, at Unter den Linden I took off my uniform and belt buckle that said “Meine Ehre heißt Treue”. It was a difficult decision, but it was all over. He was captured by the Soviets during the final Battle of Berlin on May 3 1945 but managed to escape by pretending to be a Swedish journalist. SS-Unterscharführer Sten Eriksson returned back to Sweden in 1945. After World War II, he became active in HIAG, the organization for former members of the Waffen-SS. Public domain.

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