ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Wiking“

Soviet prisoner of Waffen-SS
On February 14 1943 the Soviets at Grischino were attacked by only SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Germania, wich succeeded taking up defensive positions. Meanwhile the enemy tanks attemted to enter Gubin daily, but they were driven out again and again by Finnish SS-Freiwilligen-Bataillon Nordost. The fighting there was a fight for every building. On February 18 1943, SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking attacked Krasno-Armaiskoje from the south with regiment Westland in the northeast and Nordland in the south, supported by the division´s panzer battalion and a kampfgruppe from 7.Panzer-Division, it destroyed the remaining forces of the Soviet IV Guards Tank Corps there. At the same time, Germania and Nordland, which had moved quickly through Krasno-Armaiskoje, smached the Soviet 7th Ski Brigade, which was defending Grischino. The Panzergrenadiers of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Nordland were eyewitnesses to a teerible sight. In the villages were numerous German soldiers, Organization Todt members and Wehrmacht Woman Auxiliaries who had fallen in the hands of Armoured Group Popov and had been mutilated and sexually assaulted in a barbaric fashion. Image: A Red Army soldier surrenders to two Waffen-SS grenadiers, of which one is carrying a captured Soviet submachine gun. Credit: Peter Straßner: European Volunteers. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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