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Wiking Division soldiers having a cigarette break after completing a mission in the Kovel sector, spring 1944.

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SS-Obersturmführer Hans-Jörg Hartmann photographed with his daughter in 1941. Hartmann served as company commander in Regiment Nordland of the Wiking Division during Operation Barbarossa until he fell in November 1941.

SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Collani with his wife Elisabeth and daughter Ingeborg in 1943. At this time he lead the Finnisches Freiwilligen-Bataillon der Waffen-SS attached to the elite Wiking Division until mid-1943. He then commanded SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 49 “De Ruyter” of the 23. SS Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier Division Nederland (niederlandische Nr 1) until he died on 29 July 1944 on Narva front. Collani was awarded posthumously the Knight’s Cross for his bravery and leadership during the battles on Narva River.

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The Panthers of the 5. SS Panzer Division Wiking in action in Kovel sector, where the division saw fierce combat in the spring of 1944.

SS-Obersturmführer Karl Nicolussi-Leck of the Wiking Division in the cupola of his Panther after he was awarded the Knight’s Cross for his leadership and courage during the Battle of Kovel in 1944. Nicolussi-Leck led a group of 9 Panthers from Wiking Division on a drive to reach the besieged city of Kovel on 30 March 1944. Despite being ordered to turn back owing to ferocious resistance, Nicolussi-Leck pressed on and reached his beleaguered comrades after destroying several Soviet positions.

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Emblems of Waffen SS  Divisions 1

1 División Panzer SS “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler

2 División Panzer SS "Das Reich”

3 División Panzer SS “Totenkopf”

4 División SS “Polizei”

5 Division Panzer SS “Wiking”

6 SS Mountain Division “Nord”

7 SS Mountain Division “Prinz Eugen”

8 Kavallerie Division “Florian Geyer “

9 División Panzer SS “Hohenstaufen” 

Wiking Division Panther immobilized with track damage, but the gun is in working order, and the crew continue to give fire support. Kovel sector, spring 1944.