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Narva, Estonia and the Waffen SS
Estonia & the SS Battle Communism
304 pages; 29 chapters and 5 appendixes
When the arrogant Red Army, bloodstained and exultant after battering
German Army Group North ceaselessly for three years, stormed out of
Leningrad, they felt confident. The sneering Red Army generals, and their
bullyboys of the NKVD and commissar corps, dreamed of destroying the
European civilization that made a mockery of their decaying Bolshevik edifice.
As their fleets of battle tanks and hordes of vodka-crazed cannon fodder
poured towards the gate to Europe, they were surprised to find the door had
been slammed shut at Narva.
Narva, a city in Estonia, is a historic place where several times in the past
European knights have defended Western Civilization from eastern hordes. In
World War II, Narva, Estonia and the Waffen SS came together as a
unified whole in an epic campaign against the rampaging Red Army. Narva,
Estonia and The Waffen SS is the story of heroic Estonia, a very small
nation that willingly spilt the blood of its gemeinschaft in a fight for freedom.
Narva, Estonia and The Waffen SS is also the story of the Waffen SS in
Estonia and the Baltic states. Waffen SS troops fought valiantly and
frequently to the last man, defending Estonia. Yet, even the front fighters of the
Waffen SS did not fight the enemy alone. Thousands upon thousands of
Estonians volunteered to fight as part of the Waffen SS. In fact, an entire
division of Estonian volunteers, the 20th SS Infantry Division, came to Narva
and fought in the epic campaign there. Narva, Estonia and The Waffen SS is
their story too. Narva, Estonia and The Waffen SS will shock you and
perhaps amaze you, but it will never fail to hold your interest.
“On 8 February 1944, the 20th SS Division (Estonia) was attached to SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner's 3rd SS (Germanic)
Panzer Corps, then defending the heavily pressured Narva bridgehead. The division was to replace the remnants of the
9th and 10th Luftwaffe-Feld-Divisions, which were struggling to hold the line against a Soviet bridgehead near Siivertsi.
Upon arriving at the front on 20 February, the Estonians were immediately ordered to eliminate the threatening Siivertsi
Soviet bridgehead. In nine days of heavy fighting, the division pushed the Soviets back across the river and restored the
Axis main line of resistance. The division remained stationed in the Ssivertsi sector, being engaged in heavy combat.
In May, the division was pulled back and reformed as the 20th Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (Estnische Nr. 1), and
the recently returned Narva (also spelled Narwa) battalion was absorbed into the division as the reconnaissance abteilung
(battalion). By that time, active conscription of Estonian men into the German armed forces was well under way. By spring
1944, approximately 32,000 men had volunteered into the German forces, with the 20th Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS
(Estnische Nr. 1) consisting of some 15,000 men.”
Excerpt from Narva, Estonia and the Waffen SS
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