„Wiking“ volunteers

SS-Unterscharführer Wurrer
SS-Sturmman 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 in the SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania of the Wiking Division in the Caucasus. Later, he served in the SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 (Panzergruppe Saalbach) of the 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland in the Baltics. Eriksson was captured by the Soviets in May 3 1945 during the final Battle of Berlin, but managed to escape by pretending he was a Swedish journalist. He returned back to Sweden in 1945. After World War II, Eriksson became active in HIAG, the organization for former members of the Waffen-SS. Public domain.

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