ϟϟ-Panzer-Abteilung 5 „Wiking“

SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking
On February 8 1943, the SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking passed through Amwrosiewka on its march toward Stalino, taking a well-earned rest there. SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner flew ahead of the division on February 10 1943 and found an urgent radio message for his division at the headquarters of the 1.Panzer-Armee: TO: SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking. Urgent! Powerful enemy forces, Armoured Group Popov, across the Donetz near Isjum advancing southward toward Krasno-Armaiskoje. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking to immediately pivot west. Attack in the direction of Krasno-Armaiskoje. Mission: Contain Armored Group Popov. /signed/ von Mackensen. A new advance guard was formed. It was led by the commander of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Nordland. The artillery was regrouped. Regiment Germania, wich had been at the front, had to turn around. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking rolled in the direction of Krasno-Armaiskoje. On the morning of February 11 1943, regiment Westland was turned sharply to the north with orders to block the road to Krasno-Armaiskoje. Credit: Peter Straßner: European Volunteers. Image: A Panzer IV of the SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Willy Altstadt. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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