The backbone of the ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“

Waffen-SS MG-34 team
European Waffen-SS volunteers
During the second half of 1942, the SS-Division Wiking fought into and through the Caucasus region. Directives unequivocally identify the offensive in the Caucasus as the main operation in the southern sector of the Eastern Front. The Wiking Division was well known not only for being a fierce and bitter fighting unit, but because a great number of its members were not German, but foreign volunteers. Danes, Dutch, Finns, Flemings, Norwegians, Swedes and Walloons made up the core of the division. Top image: The backbone of the Waffen-SS - Irrepressible SS-Infantrymen. The versatile Maschinengewehr 34 was arguably the most advanced machine gun in the world at the time of its deployment. It was used as the primary infantry machine gun during the 1930s until 1942, when it was supplanted by the next generation Maschinengewehr 42. Both remained in service and production until the end of the war. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Bottom image: Three unidentified Waffen-SS grenadiers, although some sources identifies the men as a Swede and two Dutch volunteers who had previously received the Iron Cross Second Class. Public domain.

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