Military history

Hitler's Vikings: The History of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS: The Legions, the SS Wiking and the SS Nordland

Hitler's Vikings: The History of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS: The Legions, the SS Wiking and the SS Nordland

The Nazis' dream of a world dominated by legions of Aryan 'supermen', forged in battle and absolutely loyal to Adolf Hitler, was epitomised by the Waffen-Ss. Created as a supreme military elite, it grew to become Nazi Germany's 'second army', an immense force totalling almost one million men by the end of the War. An astonishing fact about the Ss is that thousands of its members were not German. Men stepped forward from almost every nation in Europe, for many sometimes complex reasons that included hatred of Bolshevism and nationalist sentiment or even straightforward anti-Semitism; foremost among them were Scandinavians from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and even Finland. Thousands were recruited from 1940 onwards and fought with distinction on the Russian Front. They served as first in national legions but were then brought together in the elite Wiking Panzer Division and the Nordland Panzer-grenadier Division.

Introduction

Chapter 1. 1940: Occupation, the SS-Wiking and the beginning of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS

Chapter 2. 1941: First Blood – the Den Norske Legion, the Frikorps Danmark and the Wiking in Barbarossa

Chapter 3. 1942: Nazi Germany’s High Water Mark – Leningrad, Demyansk and the Caucasus

Chapter 4. 1943: The End of the Legions, the SS-Nordland is Born

Chapter 5. 1944: Bled White in the East – the Wiking at Cherkassy and the Nordland at Narva

Chapter 6. 1945: The End of the Scandinavian Waffen-SS – the Wiking in Hungary and the Nordland in Berlin

Chapter 7. Homecoming – Retribution and Legacy

Appendix A. Wehrmacht Bravery Awards

Appendix B. Waffen-SS Formation Organisation

Appendix C. Waffen-SS Ranks