ϟϟ-Infanterie-Regiment „Germania“

10. Kompanie of Regiment Germania
Swedish volunteer SS-Sturmmann Lindén
The Wiking Division was the only SS armored division exclusively to fight on the Eastern Front. It was composed of Scandinavians, Dutchmen and Flemish whose primary motivation - most of them - was to fight against Bolshevism. The Division stormed through the steppes, marshes and forest of the Ukraine in 1941. They pursued the enemy to the shores of the Sea of Azov. The volunteers won for themselves a select place in the annals of war. Whether in the south, the centre or the north, wherever the Soviets launched a counter-attack and tore gaps in the German attacking front, orders went out for the Waffen-SS formations. When taken prisoner in autumn 1941 the Russian Major-General Pavel Danilovich Artemenko, commanding officer of the XXVII Rifle Corps, said that the SS-Division Wiking had shown greater fortitude than any other formation on either side; the Russians had breathed a sigh of relief, he said, when the division was relieved by army units. Left image: The Wiking regiment Germania departing on a train towards Soviet Union. Those young men - unbroken and ready to master whatever fate threw their way - faced a dark future. Each had to face it to the best of his ability and on his own. They were faithful and loyal, proud and brave. They were the volunteers of the SS-Division Wiking. Commons Bundesarchiv. Right image: Swedish volunteer Hans Waldemar Lindén wearing Waffen-SS camouflage smock and helmet cover in the first months of the Barbarossa offensive in 1941. He was born in Stockholm on September 10 1922 and came as a volunteer to fight in the Russo-Finnish Winter War at age 17 where he served in the Finnish artillery. After the hostilities have ceased he volunteered for the Waffen-SS and was sent to Graz and Heuberg for intensive combat training. Hans Lindén then served with SS-Flak-Abteilung 5 of SS-Division Wiking. He was wounded at the Mius-Front during the winter and taken to a field hospital in Jusovka in Donetsk Oblast. He died on December 30 1941 and was one of the first Swedish Waffen-SS volunteers to fall on the Eastern battlefields. SS-Sturmmann Hans Lindén was posthumously awarded the EK II. Public domain.

2 comments:

  1. Зродились ми великої години6/2/18

    Red Army "liberation" of the surviving Soviet prisoners in German camps brought no end to the suffering of these men. They were dominated by fear of their own countrymen and the commissars. Most were sent to labour camps or executed. NKVD arrested P. D. Artemenko in 1948 simply because he was a former prisoner of war and executed him in August 1950.

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  2. Charlemagne5/4/18

    Freely translated from Hans Lindén's diary from 1941: Once again I made my dream come true. A year ago I fought in the Finnish army and now I am in the Great German army... If I have to fall, I will die knowing that our cause will ultimately triumph.

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