ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“ in the Caucasus July – September 1942

SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking
The Wiking battalion's tanks under SS-Sturmbannführer Johannes Mühlenkamp attacked between the Don and the Kuban in July and August of 1942, hitting the constantly withdrawing enemy and breaking all resistance. However a long and difficult way still lay in front of the SS-Division Wiking: over 500 kilometres of steppes, interlaced with little rivers gave the enemy the opportunity again to escape into the vastness of the area and to appear again unexpectedly in another position and to attack. March route of the division: Maikop-Labinskaja-Armavir-Georgiewsk. Top image: Beaming proudly on the right after a successful engagement is SS-Hauptsturmführer Oeck of the Wiking's SS-Panzerjägerabteilung 5 (tank hunter battalion). His vehicle is a Stumgeschütz Marder II. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Helmut Möbius, August 1942. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Bottom image: SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking in the North Caucasus. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Willy Altstadt. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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