ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“ in North Caucasus

SS-Hauptsturmführer Ludwig Kepplinger
Unidentified SS-Rottenführer
Left image: Ludwig Kepplinger, here as SS-Hauptsturmführer, was the first NCO in the Waffen-SS to be awarded the Knight's Cross. He was wounded in the Caucasus when serving as company commander in SS-Infanterie-Regiment Westland of the Wiking Division. After recovering from his wounds he was given command of SS-Panzer-Abteilung 17 of the new division Götz von Berlichingen with the majority of its original cadre coming from replacement units and conscripts. The Wiking veteran SS-Sturmbannführer Kepplinger was murdered by French partisans southeast of Laval in August 1944. His body was found in 1980 west of Villiers-Charlemagne. Public domain. Right image: an unidentified SS-Rottenführer armed with a stick grenade. Public domain.

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