ϟϟ-Panzergrenadier-Division „Wiking“

SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking
SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking
On November 9 1942, the division was redesignated from SS-Division Wiking to SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking. The infantrymen of SS-Regiments Germania, Nordland and Westland had become Panzergrenadiers. The front of the division seemed secure but on the flanks there was bitterly hard fighting. The Soviets tried to break through the front with strong forces. Tanks and infantry attacked relentlessly day in, day out without success. On November 19 1942, the Wiking ended its attachment relationship to the 23.Panzer-Division which was withdrawn from the front to be sent to Stalingrad to participate in the upcoming relief effort. Left image: an SS-Panzergrenadier of the Wiking armed with a Schmeißer MP40. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Right image: tankers of SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking. Photo by SS-Kriegsberichter Willi Altstadt. US National Archives Records Administration. Fair use.

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