ϟϟ-Division „Wiking“ heading for Maikop

Wiking Commander SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner
SS-Division Wiking
SS-Division Wiking moved off to the Southwest in the direction of Maikop at the head of the LVII.Panzerkorps. Under the command of SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner, the Dutch, Scandinavian and German SS volunteers assembled in the division penetrated to the Northwest and Southwest parts of the Maikop oil region. The enemy offered resistance wherever he could. Top clip: The commander of the Wiking Division, Felix Steiner, talks to his men in the summer of 1942. He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. Together with SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer and Generaloberst der Waffen-SS Paul Hausser, he contributed significantly to the development and transformation of the Waffen-SS into a combat force made up of volunteers and conscripts from both occupied and un-occupied lands. By nature of that act alone, he became one with his men. Footage from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Fair use. Bottom image: Panzergrenadiers and Kradschützen of SS-Division Wiking in the Caucasus 1942. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Willy Altstadt. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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