ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“ and Operation Edelweiß

Officers of the Wiking Division
After successfully holding the line over the winter of 1941–1942, SS-Division Wiking was ordered to participate in the recapture of Rostov-on-Don and advance into the Caucasus, securing the region's vital oilfields. This attack was known as Operation Edelweiß, and formed a part of Army Group South's offensive Case Blue, aimed at capturing Stalingrad and the Baku oilfields. Launched at the height of summer, the offensive was unexpectedly successful. Within six weeks, Rostov and the entire Don region had been recaptured, and Wiking was advancing deep into the Caucasus. Image: Two unidentified Wiking officers in the Ukraine, an SS-Obersturmführer and an SS-Hauptsturmführer, photographed in the beginning of the campaign. It seems like the unknown SS-Hauptsturmführer participated in the German annexation of Sudetenland in October 1938. The SS-Standarten of the SS-Verfügungstruppe took all part in the annexation of Sudetenland attached to army units. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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