ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“ crossing the Manytsch

SS-Division Wiking
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania
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. Images: Youthful members of SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania share rations during a break in the fighting in the Caucasus 1942. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Willy Altstadt. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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