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The 5. SS-Panzer-Division Wiking was formed in December 1940 around the Germania regiment from the SS-Division Verfügungstruppe (later renamed Das Reich).
It took part in the invasion of the USSR attached to Heeresgruppe Süd and during the advance took part in several encirclements of Soviet troops before reaching Rostov November 1941. During the winter it was pressed back by the Soviet advances. In the spring it once again went on the offensive, this time towards the Caucasus. It was however soon forced to retreat to avoid being cut off. It was held in reserve during the battle at Kursk 1943 and following that failure it retreated and was trapped in the Cherkassy pocket. It managed to break out of that pocket but lost all it's tanks and suffered heavy losses in the process.
It withdrew to Cholm to be reform, with the exception of a Kampfgruppe that remained at the front, and was sent to Poland July 1944 where it fought at the Vistula and took part in the crushing of the Warsaw Uprising. It was sent to Hungary in December 1944 where it took part in the failed attempt to relieve Budapest. It withdrew through Hungary and Czechoslovakia before surrendering in Austria.

The Wiking divison is often listed as only fighting on the Eastern Front against the Soviet Red Army but that is not correct. The SS-Kampfgruppe Wiking (in some sources listed as Kampfgruppe Nicolussi-Leck) led by SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Nicolussi-Leck was sent to Germany in April 1945 to pick up new tanks at Paderborn with about 150 men. After skirmishing with both US and British forces they were forced to change their plans and search for vehicles elsewhere. On the 6th they located 13 Schützenpanzerwagen (SdKfz. 250 and 251) in a Heer vehicle depot near Bückeburg and two days later they located seven Jagdpanthers at the M.N.H assembly facility at Hannover-Laatzen. They would use these vehicles successfully in  fighting the US 84th Infantry Division under the command of Major General Alexander Bolling until the 16th when Nicolussi-Leck was forced to surrender.

Herbert Otto Gille famously threatened Weltanschauungsoffizier (political indoctrination officer) Ernst Fick in January 1942 with a disrobing detail to remove his Brownshirt saying the wear of such clothing is frowned upon within the SS-Panzer Artillerie Regiment 5. (12)

See also SS-Division Wiking at Rostov July 1942 and Operations of Encircled Forces: German Experiences in Russia.

Known war crimes

This division was for a long time regarded as one of the few larger Waffen-SS units not involved in war-crimes however research made public in recent years have shown this to be incorrect.

Soldiers from the division took part in the murder of hundreds of Jews in the castle at Zloczow (Zolochiv) during the first days of July 1941 together with Ukrainian militia. The massacre was put to an end by soldiers from 295. Infanterie-Division at the order of Oberstleutnant Helmuth Groscurth. (7)

On 9 July 1941 soldiers from the division took part in the massacre of Jews in Lviv in revenge of the death of Hilmar Wäckerle, commander of SS-Infanterie-Regiment Westland. (9)

In Zhitomir soldiers from the division took part in the rounding up and killing of commissars and officials July 1941. (6)

Einsatzkommando 11 of Einsatzgruppe D and a mobile gassing van was travelling together with the division in 1942 murdering people seen as undesirable. (3)

Sonderkommando Jankuhn led by Dr Herbert Jankuhn of the SS-Ahnenerbe was attached to Wiking and the division supported them in their plunder of artifacts from the Black Sea area in 1942. (4)

General der Gebirgstruppen Karl Eglseer, commander of 4. Gebirgs-Division, complained about indiscipline and widespread looting by soldiers from Wiking in April 1942 when the divisions served near each other in the River Mius area. The Slovakian Generals Gustav Malár and Jozef Turanec, commanders of Slovak Mobile Division that served next to Wiking during this period, also raised the same criticism. (5)
The Finnish volunteers distributed among the units of the Wiking divisions instead of serving in the Finnisches Freiwilligen-Bataillon der Waffen-SS wrote in letters home and in their diaries about how the Soviet POWs and civilians were treated badly or even killed by soldiers from the division during the early phase of the war on the Eastern Front. (8)

Soldiers from the Wiking division were involved in the killing of Hungarian Jews in March/Aril 1945. (10) On 17 November 2009 Adolf Storms was charged with the murder of 58 Hungarian Jewish forced labourers near Deutsch Schuetzen in Austria on 29 March 1945 but he died before he could be brought to trial. (11)

Divisional commander SS-Brigadeführer Felix Steiner stated about the infamous Commissar Order (that Soviet political commissars captured should be shot immediately) that "No rational unit commander could comply with such an Order" (2) in a discussion with his superior General der Infanterie Gustav von Wietersheim on 4 July 1941 who shared his dislike of the order.

Lineage

SS-Division (mot) Germania (Nov 1940 - Jan 1941)
SS-Division (mot) Wiking (Jan 1941 - Nov 1942)
SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking (Nov 1942 - Oct 1943)
5. SS-Panzer-Division Wiking (Oct 1943 - May 1945)

Commanders

SS-Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner (1 Dec 1940 - 1 May 1943)
SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert Gille (1 May 1943 - 20 July 1944)
SS-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp (20 July 1944 - 9 Oct 1944) (1)
SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich (9 Oct 1944 - 5 May 1945)

Chief of Staff

SS-Sturmbannführer Günther Ecke (? Mar 1941 - 7 Sep 1941)
SS-Haupsturmführer Erwin H. Reichel (? Sep 1941 - ? 1942)
SS-Sturmbannführer Manfred Schönfelder (? 1942 - 1 July 1944)
SS-Sturmbannführer Richard Pauly (1 Aug 1944 - ? Aug 1944)
Major Kleine (? Aug 1944 - ?)
Major Braun (? 1945 - ? 1945)
SS-Sturmbannführer Willi Klose (? 1945 - ? 1945)

Quartermaster

SS-Hauptsturmführer Erwin H. Reichel (? Mar 1941 - ? Sep 1941)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans Sporn (? 1941 - ? 1941)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Kille (? 1941 - ? 1941)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Wilhelm Büthe (? 1941 - ? 1942)
SS-Sturmbannführer Manfred Schönfelder (? 1942 - ? 1942)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Wilhelm Büthe (? 1942 - ? 1943)
SS-Sturmbannführer Hans Scharff (? 1943 - ? 1944)
SS-Obersturmführer Manfred Schönfelder (1 July 1944 - ? July 1944)
SS-Obersturmführer Dr. Heinz Fischer (1 Aug 1944 - 1 Mar 1945)
SS-Sturmbannführer Franz Meyer (? Mar 1945 - ? May 1945)

Area of operations

Germany (Dec 1940 - June 1941)
Eastern front, southern sector (June 1941 - Apr 1944)
Poland (Apr 1944 - Jan 1945)
Hungary (Jan 1945 - Apr 1945)
Austria (Apr 1945 - May 1945)

Manpower strength

June 1941 19.377
Dec 1942 15.928
Dec 1943 14.647
June 1944 17.368
Dec 1944 14.800

Non-Germans in the Wiking-division, 22 June 1941
- 216 Danes
- 631 Dutch
- 421 Finns (Finnisches Freiwilligen-Bataillon der Waffen-SS)
- 294 Norwegians
- 1 Swede
- 1 Swiss
This was out of a total of 19.377 men.

Non-Germans in the Wiking-division, 19 September 1941
- 251 Danes
- 821 Dutch
- 291 Norwegians
- 45 Flemish
- 8 Swedes

Honor titles

The Vikings - in German Wikinger – were of course the dwellers of Scandinavia, who traveled around Europe’s shores from the 8th to the 11th century as pirates, merchants and founders of states.

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The term "Wiking" was also used by the Waffen-SS volunteer movement post-war, the magazine Wiking-Ruf was published by HIAG (Hilfsgemeinschaft auf Gegenseitigkeit der Angehörigen der ehemaligen Waffen-SS, Mutual Help Association of Former Waffen-SS Members) 1951-1958, the logo of the magazine can be seen above, note the Waffen-SS unit symbols displayed on the shields.

Two of the division’s regiments were also named:
SS-Pz. Gren. Regt. 9 „Germania“
“Germania” is Latin for the German word Germanien, the land north of the Danube and east of the Rhine up to the Vistula that was occupied by the Germanen, the ancient Germans. Germanien or, respectively Germania, was also used in the Middle Ages as Germany’s name. Furthermore, it is the name of the symbolic personification of Germanien in female form dating back to ancient Roman times, which became a symbol for the unified German Empire in 1871.
SS-Pz. Gren. Regt. 10 „Westland“
An honor title with a purely geographical meaning, the regiment’s name translates as “Western Land” and was chosen as this regiment was composed of Dutchmen and Flemings, while the division’s Scandinavians formed regiment “Nordland” (= “Northern Land”, see 11. SS division.)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Close Combat Clasp in Gold (20)
Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (4)
- Bühler, Karl-Heinz, 25.12.1944 (4961), SS-Sturmbannführer, Kdr. II./SS-Pz.Art.Rgt. 5
- Bünning, Hans, 25.12.1944 (4962), SS-Obersturmbannführer, Rgts.Fhr. SS-Pz.Art.Rgt. 5
- Holemar, Karl, 05.09.1942 (1199), SS-Sturmmann, 8./SS-Schtz.Rgt. “Westland”
- Zäh, Fritz, 25.12.1944 (4963), SS-Hauptsturmführer, Battr.Chef 5./SS-Pz.Art.Rgt. 5
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (180)
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (3)
- Muster, Dr. Siegfried, 10.02.1945, SS-Sturmbannführer, Abt.Arzt IV./SS-Pz.Art.Rgt. 5
- Schopper, Dr. Hubert, 10.02.1945, SS-Hauptsturmführer, Truppenarzt I./SS-Pz.Art.Rgt. 5
- Weise, Erich, 00.03.1945, SS-Obersturmführer d.R., TFK I im SS-Pz.Rgt. 5
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (17)
Holders of the Knight's Cross (67, including four unofficial/unconfirmed)
Holders of the Knight’s Cross of the War Merit Cross with Swords (1)
- Weise, Erich, 16.11.1943, SS-Untersturmführer d.R., Werkmeister im SS-Pz.Rgt. 5
Holders of the Finnish Order of the Cross of Liberty, 1st Class with Swords (2)
- Steiner, Felix, 16.06.1942, SS-Gruppenführer u. Generalleutnant d. W-SS, Kdr. SS-Div. “Wiking”
- Gille, Herbert Otto, 06.03.1943, SS-Brigadeführer u. Generalmajor d. W-SS, Kdr. SS-Pz.Gren.Div. “Wiking”

Order of battle (Dec 1940)

Stab
SS-Regiment Germania
SS-Regiment Nordland
SS-Regiment Westland
SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5
SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
1. und 2. Sanitärs-Kompanie
1-3 Werkstatt-Kompanie

Order of battle (26 May 1941)

Stab
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Nordland
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Westland
SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5
SS-Artillerie-Meßbatterie
SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
SS-Fla-M.G.-Bataillon
Nachschub-Dienste
Sanitäts-Dienste
Ordnungsdienste

Order of battle

SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 9 Germania
SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 10 Westland
SS-Panzer Regiment 5
SS-Panzer Artillerie Regiment 5
Finnisches Freiwilligen-Bataillon der Waffen-SS (until 1943)
Estnisches SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon Narwa (1943-1944)
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 5
SS-Sturmgeschütz-Batterie 5
SS-Flak-Abteilung 5
SS-Werfer-Abteilung 5
SS-Panzer-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
SS-Panzer-Pionier-Bataillon 5
SS-Dina 5
SS-Instandsetzungs-Abteilung 5
SS-Wirtschafts-Bataillon 5
SS-Sanitäts-Abteilung 5
SS-Feldlazarett 5
SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug 5
SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trupp 5
SS-Feldersatz-Bataillon 5

Notable members

Alfred-Ingemar Berndt (SS-Brigadeführer and Ministerialdirektor, Deputy Reichs Press Chief, served with Rommel in Africa, KIA 21 Mar 1945 in Hungary)
Gösta Borg (Active in the German radio-propaganda aimed at Sweden, the Köningsbergsradion, 1945, post-war wrote the book "Det röda massanfallet" about his experiences in the Waffen-SS)
Fritz Darges (Adjutant to Adolf Hitler 1943-1944 and to Martin Bormann 1936-1939)
SS-Untersturmführer Kurt Eggers (poet and war correspondent, he was killed while attached to Wiking, the unit SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers was named for him after his death in 1943)
Johannes Hendrik "Henk" Feldmeijer (Voorman, leader, of the Germaansche-SS in Nederland, the Dutch SS)
Otto Förschner (commandant of Dora-Mittelbau)
Kurt Gerstein (After being attached to the division March-May 1941 he was transferred and ended up as Head of Technical Disinfection Services and witnesses gassing in Belez and reported about the Holocaust to Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter and members of the Catholic Church in 1942, post-war he wrote the famous Gerstein Report)
Bruno Gesche (Commander of the SS-Begleitkommando des Führers, Hitlers bodyguard unit, served with in the RFSS division in 1945 after he was removed from his command)
Herbert Otto Gille (Holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds)
Per Imerslund (Norwegian writer, prominent in the pre-war Nazi groups in Norway, fought with the fascist Falange in the Spanish Civil War)
Dr Herbert Jankuhn (famous archeologist and member of SS-Ahnenerbe served on the division staff 1943-1945)
Fredrik Jensen (the only Norwegian recipient of the German Cross in Gold)
Christian Peder Kryssing (Danish officer who reached the highest Waffen-SS rank of any non-German, SS-Brigadeführer)
Niels Kryssing (son of Christian Peder Kryssing, the highest ranking non-German in the Waffen-SS, KIA 1943)
Hans Lindén (Swedish volunteers KIA 30 December 1941 while serving with SS-Flak-Abteilung 5. The section for Waffen-SS volunteers "Kampavdelning Hans Lindén" set up by Sveaborg, part of the largest Swedish Nazi party Svensk Socialistisk Samling (SSS) was named in his honour)
Joseph Mengele (the infamous camp doctor served in the Pionier Battalion, where he also was awarded the Iron Cross, during his time in the Waffen-SS)
Ola Olin (the only Finnish recipient of the German Cross in Gold to recieve it during the time Finland was at war with Germany)
Artur Phleps (Later SS-Obergruppenführer and commander of V. SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgskorps)
Olof Sandström (Active in the German radio-propaganda aimed at Sweden, the Köningsbergsradion, 1943-1944)
Christian Frederick von Schalburg (Landsungdomsfører, youth leader, of Danmarks Nationalsocialistiske Arbejderparti (DNSAP), the Danish Nazi Party, KIA 1 March 1942 as commander of Freikorps Danmark. The Schalburg Cross was created and the Danish SS was named the Schalburgkorpset in his honour)
Anton Streitwieser (commandant of Melk, a sub-camp of Mauthausen 1944-1945)
Lauri Törni ("Larry Thorne", fought under three flags: Finnish during the Winter War and Continuation War, German in 1941 and again after the Finnish peace with the USSR and finally US as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War)
Hilmar Wäckerle (first SS commandant of Dachau, KIA as commander of the regiment Westland 2 July 1941)

Officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen and Concentration Camps

Concentration Camps 45
(includes officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen or Concentration Camps either prior to or after service in this unit)

Insignia

The tactical marking of the division was a "Sonnenrad", a sun wheel swastika.

The "Wiking" cuff title was authorized for this unit on 1 September 1942.
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(Courtesy of Relics of the Reich)

The "Germania" cuff title was authorized for SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 9 Germania from September 1936. They also wore a "G" on their shoulder boards.
The "Nordland" cuff title was authorized for SS-Grenadier Regiment Nordland. They also wore a "N" on their shoulder boards.
The "Westland" cuff title was authorized for SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment 10 Westland. They also wore a "W" on their shoulder boards.

Propaganda

An example of the propaganda produced about the division: "Aufbruch: Briefe von Germanischen Freiwilligen Der SS-Division Wiking" (1943)

In fiction

The 1977 Dutch movie "Soldaat van Oranje" ("Soldier of Orange") directed by Paul Verhoeven features soldiers from this unit.

The 2002 Russian movie "Zvezda" ("The Star") directed by Nikolai Lebedev features soldiers from the Wiking division.

A Swedish volunteers in the Wiking division is the main character in the Swedish vampire movie "Frostbiten" ("Frostbite"), directed by Anders Banke, from 2006.

Reconnaissance soldiers from the Wiking division on the Eastern Front in 1942
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(Courtesy of Hjalmar)

Panthers being delivered by train to the Wiking division (sometimes incorrectly identified as belonging to the Nordland division)
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(Courtesy of Hjalmar)

An office of the Danish Nazi party Danmarks Nationalsocialistiske Arbejderparti (DNSAP) being used as a recruitment center for Regiment Nordland
dnsap-nordland
(Courtesy of Die Deutsche Wochenschau/Ivan)

A SdKfz 251 from the Wiking division captured and used by the Polish forces with the nickname "Szary Wilk" during the Warsaw Uprising
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(Courtesy of Peter)

Panzer III of the Wiking division in June 1942
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(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Heinrich Himmler visiting the Wiking division in 1942
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(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Fleeing civilians passing a Marder II during the crushing of the Warsaw Uprsing in 1944
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(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

A panther of II./SS-Panzer Regiment 5 in January 1944
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(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3 0 Germany)

 

Footnotes

1. SS-Oberführer Dr. jur. Eduard Deisenhofer was ordered to take command of Wiking from 20 July to 11 August 1944 but never took the command, instead SS-Standartenführer Johannes Mühlenkamp served as first temporary and then permanent commander.
2. Quote from "Panttipataljoona" by Mauno Jokipii, page 115-116.
3. "The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars & The Holocaust" by Heather Pringle.
4. "The Master Plan: Himmler’s Scholars & The Holocaust" by Heather Pringle and "Murderous Elite: The Waffen-SS and its complete record of war crimes" by James Pontolillo, page 68.
5. "Axis Slovakia: Hitler's Slavic Wedge 1938-1945" by Mark W.A. Axworthy.
6. "SS-Wiking: The History of the Fifth SS Division 1941 - 1945" by Rupert Butler, "Valhalla's Warriors: A history of the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1941-1945" by Terry Goldsworthy.
7. "SS-Wiking: The History of the Fifth SS Division 1941 - 1945" by Rupert Butler, "The Origins of the Final Solution" by Christopher R. Browning, "Valhalla's Warriors: A history of the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1941-1945" by Terry Goldsworthy, "Zloczow, Juli 1941: Die Wehrmacht und der Beginn des Holocaust in Galizien" by Bernd Boll.
8. "Panttipataljoona" by Mauno Jokipii.
9. "Masters of Death: The SS Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust" by Richard Rhodes, "The SS: Alibi of a Nation 1922-45" by Gerald Reitlinger.
10. "The Death Marches of Hungarian Jews Through Austria in the Spring of 1945" by Eleonore Lappin and "Murderous Elite: The Waffen-SS and its complete record of war crimes" by James Pontolillo, page 56.
11. 'Ex-Nazi' charged with 58 murders, BBC News 17 November 2009 - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8364447.stm, 90-year-old charged in Germany for Nazi-era crimes, Washington Post 17 November 2009 - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/17/AR2009111700539.html, Nazi war crimes suspect Adolf Storms dies before trial, BBC News 6 July 2010 - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10530176.stm.
12. "Die Generale der Waffen-SS und der Polizei" by Andreas Schulz, Günther Wegman and Dieter Zinke.

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Massimiliano Afiero - Wiking: la Waffen SS europea
Günter Bernau - SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 5 in der Panzer-Division Wiking
Odd Helge Brugrand - 16 år og Hitlers soldat: historien om Ivar Skarlo, en norsk soldat på Østfronten
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Rolf Proschek - Werweht Sind Die Spuren
Jacek Solarz - Wiking 1941-1945
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