Welcome! This is a Non-Political and a Non-Profit site (to include its authors and contributors) and does not subscribe to any revisionist organizations. This site is only to explore the combat role and history of the European Waffen-SS in World War II. Enlistment rolls show that a total of 950,000 men (German and foreigners) served in its ranks between 1940 and 1945. This blog contains a collection of real events and information on these volunteers for historical research and documentation.
ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“ crossing the Manytsch
SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking
Anyone who crossed the 700-kilometres-long Manytsch, left Europe and entered Asia. The river is the border between both parts of the world. The SS-Division Wiking was on its own in its pursuit of the retreating Soviets toward the Kuban River. It was very hot and dusty; so dusty that the only features recognizable through the thick layer of dust on the faces of the young European volunteers were their eyes. Despite this, that type of maneuver warfare appealed to them. Speed was the answer. Enveloping movements, outmaneuvering the Soviets; that is how the days passed. Top image: youthful members of SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania share rations during a break in the fighting in North Caucasus. Bottom image: SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking in North Caucasus. Photos taken by the war correspondent SS-Kriegsberichter Willi Altstadt. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.