|SS-Oberscharführer Rudolf Seitz|
ϟϟ-Polizei-Division and the Volkhov Front January - March 1942
During the invasion of the Soviet Union, the Polizei-Division was initially part of the reserve with Army Group North. In August 1941, the division saw action near Luga in the Leningrad Oblast. During heavy fighting for the Luga bridgehead the division lost over 2,000 soldiers including the commander, Arthur Mülverstadt. After a series of failed attacks in swampy and wooded terrain, the division, along with army formations, fought its way into the northern part of Luga, encircling and destroying the Soviet defenders. In January 1942, the Polizei-Division was moved to the Volkhov Front - Novgorod Sector between Leningrad and Lake Ilmen. On February 24 1942 it was transferred to the Waffen-SS; its personnel changing their police insignia to that of the SS. The new Waffen-SS formation was involved in some heavy fighting between January and March 1942 which resulted in the destruction of the Soviet 2nd Shock Army. The remainder of the year was spent on the Leningrad front where it was involved in a number of Soviet offensives. Image: a photo of the Panzerjäger SS-Oberscharführer Rudolf Seitz of the SS-Polizei-Division, probably taken after the award of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross in October 1942. He ended the war as an officer and SS-Untersturmführer. Rudolf Seitz died aged 75 on November 14 1994 in Stadlern in Schwandorf. Credit: Wikipedia. Commons: Bundesarchiv.