ϟϟ-Panzer-Abteilung 5 „Wiking“

SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking
SS-Division Wiking
On July 1942, the first tank battalion of the Waffen-SS — SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 of the Wiking Division — headed eastward towards Rostov on Don. Their overall enthusiasm and pride in belonging to an esteemed branch of service, which they were helping to create within the ranks of the Waffen-SS, was palpable. Each of the tank companies had three line platoons with five tanks each, as well as a company headquarters section with two tanks. As with all of the other division vehicles, the tanks also bore the Wiking divisional tactical sign, the so-called Sonnenrad, a swastika with rounded corners. The then - SS-Untersturmführer Ewald Klapdor of the SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 later wrote: With understandable tension, we awaited the order “Panzer marsch.” The hatches were closed. Just like exercises conducted in the past few weeks, we rolled over the rise in the familiar W formation. Images: The Wiking battalion’s tanks and SS-Panzergrenadiers moving into combat in 1942. Credit: Viking PanzersPhotos: SS-Kriegsberichter Willy Altstadt. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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