The recapture of Rostov-on-Don

SS-Division Wiking
SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
On July 24 1942 German troops captured Rostov-on-Don and SS-Division Wiking rolled through the city, which was still in death throes, opening the Caucasus region of southern Soviet Union and the oil fields beyond at Maikop. It had been a daring but successful operation that had brought the fall of Rostov. The Soviets had expected an attack, but not the way it was conducted. The German assault had taken them completely by surprise. Images: SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5 of the Wiking moving up to secure a town in Southeast of Ukraine 1942. The vehicle is a Leichter Panzerspahwagen (Sd Kfz 221) which was a light armored car. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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