ϟϟ-Panzer-Abteilung 5 „Wiking“ heading for Maikop

SS-Division Wiking
SS-Panzer-Abteilung 5 Wiking
SS-Division Wiking moved off to the Southwest in the direction of Maikop at the head of the LVII.Panzerkorps. Even in peacetime, a march by a large motorized division with its approximately 2,000 heavy vehicles and numerous other trucks and motorcycles on the Caucasian steppe would have been a tiresome effort with many difficulties. 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. Images: A Panzer IV from SS-Division Wiking in the Caucasus 1942; the divisional insignia can be seen on the mudguard. Photo: SS-Kriegsberichter Willy Altstadt. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use.

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