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SS Viking Division Drang - SS in Rostov and Caucasus Mountains
SS Viking Division Drang
SS Panzers Rostov to the Caucasus
© 2007
118 pages; 16 chapters, 2 appendixes and 9 maps
Although there has been much research on World War II during the past sixty-
seven years, little research is available in English regarding the
German 5th
SS Viking Panzer Division
. The SS Viking Division was one of the best SS
and may have been the best German SS combat division in
World War II
.  The SS Viking Division fought throughout its existence, for
four years on the Eastern Front and in the USSR. Many of its exploits are now
military legends.
SS Viking Division Drang is the story of one of the Viking
division’s most heroic campaigns
, the months long running battle from
Rostov to the foothills of the USSR’s Caucasus Mountains range. SS Viking
Division Drang
is a short but fascinating description of the combat
organization and warfighting exploits of the German SS Viking Division
in World War II
1942-43 as it thrust hundreds of miles deep into the USSR’s
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“Standarten Fuhrer Gille alarmed the other SS march groups, putting them in motion in order to combine efforts with the
advance group. In that way, nine batteries supported the attack carried out by the 5th SS Panzer Battalion and the 1st
Motorized Infantry Battalion of the SS Nordland Regiment which moved onwards along a broad front trying to find either
the enemy flanks or weak points in the enemy defensive position. Under this new threat, the Soviet units withdrew around
08:30 hours establishing new defensive positions roughly twenty-two kilometers to the south at the north edge of
The SS vanguard pushed southwards without changing its deployment, together with two tanks squadron, which
advanced forward with mounted riflemen. One or two kilometers behind followed a third tank squadron, the bulk of the
infantry battalion and the artillery group.
At noon, before reaching the village of Rakitni, the SS vanguard was fired upon by Soviet light weapon and artillery so the
morning deployment scheme was adopted again. Immediately one SS infantry battalion was deployed which was followed
by tanks. The SS artillery immediately took up firing positions as the others SS battalions formed up in readiness for
joining the assault. One hour later the enemy left the town, but thin Soviet rear guard consisting of a few hostile riflemen
remained behind and opened fire when the first German soldiers arrived.”
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German 5th SS Viking Division in Rostov and Caucasus Mountains
SS Viking Division Drang - Rostov to the Caucasus
The 5th SS Viking Division was a unique European division even in the German Wehrmacht where there were many
uniquely elite fighting divisions. Besides the fact that the
5th SS Viking Division was invariably well led by excellent division
commanders, it frequently included western European volunteers from every nation in Europe. Once the division even
included a brigade of heroic Belgian SS troops. A complete description of the
SS Viking Division’s warfighting
would include many thousands of pages of typescript and photographs. SS Viking Division Drang offers a
clear explanation of the
SS Viking Division’s unstoppable thrust across hundreds of miles from Rostov on the Don River
to deep within the
Caucasus Mountains watershed. The fighting at Rostov, in the Caucasus Mountains, in Soviet oil fields
and at many points in between, is a fascinating story of hope and bravery.