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What did happen in 1944?

I./SS-Pz.Abt.5, strength as follows:
Pz.III: 35 authorized, 13 combat-ready
Pz.IV: 14 authorized, 8 combat-ready
StuG III: 7 authorized, 4 combat-ready
Total: 56 authorized, 25 combat-ready

Also 33 Pz.Kfw.V 'Panther' tanks in Erlangen, Germany.

II./Pz.Rgt. 5 is led by Stubaf. Scheibe;
5.Kompanie Hstuf. Ewald Klapdor
6.Kompanie Ostuf. Dedelow
7.Kompanie Hstuf. Keppels
8.Kompanie Ostuf. Karl Nicolussi-Leck

Ia : Ostuf. Förster
IVa : Ostuf. Paschke

Regiments stabes:
Rgt.Kdr. Ostubaf. Mühlenkamp
IIa : Hstuf. Zimmermann
IVa : Hstuf. Hagen
TFK : Hstuf. Sobota

Hstuf. Ewald Klapdor becomes Kdr. II./SS-Pz.Rgt.5

It became clear that the Wiking division was going to be encircled.
The corps commander, General Wilhelm Stemmermann, commanding general of the XI.Armeekorps receives orders to hold the pocket at all costs.

Seperate page about the Korsun pocket

February 1944
Division is renamed to 5.SS-Pz.Div. WIKING.

Headquarters SS-Pz.Rgt.5 and II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 conduct gunnery practice and company size maneuvers at Mailly-le-Camp training area.

The encircled XI.Armeekorps was given freedom of operations.
The front was moved to Schanderowka. In an area measuring just 7x8km, some 54,000 men were crowded together and waiting for relief forces from the south or west.

Field Marshall Erich von Manstein gives permission to a break out. Regiment Westland formed up for the break out. Spearheading the break out attempt was I./Germania under command of SS-Stubaf. Hans Dorr. After bitter and fierce fighting the troops had to cross the Gniloi-Tilkitsch, a small stream. No crossing points were available so they had to swim, with temperatures minus 10 degrees. Finally they reached the objective: LISSJANKA. The attempt had been succesfull although the division had lost all its armored vehicles (SPW), vehicles, artillery and tanks

SS-Stubaf. Köller killed in action.

II./SS-Pz.Rgt.5 transferred to the Cholm area in a rush. Its Rgt.Kdr. and Abt.Kdr arrive at 24th March 16.00 hrs.
During its journey, the FlaK unit managed to shoot down an 4-engined bomber! Transfering of the remnants of division, including survivors of I./SS-Pz.Rgt. 5 to LUBLIN (Poland) where the division is to be brought back up to its former strength.

5.SS-Pz.Div. Wiking is mentioned in Wehrmacht bulletin one day after successful  breakout from the Cherkassy pocket for exemplary heroism, daring spirit of attack and self-sacrificing comradeship.

Withdrawn to Dsengolowka, some 35 km southwest of Lissjanka.

Additional 42 Panthers issued to II./SS-Pz.Abt.5.

Rail transport to Lublin-Liegnitz started, on route they were diverted to Cholm, a mere 70km back to the east were they take quarters in local barracks.

Arrival in Lublin at 01.00 hrs. Next days were spent de-licing all the troops.
All leaves are cancelled, except for the wounded.

The II./SS-Pz.Rgt.5 is equipped with 79 tanks. Every platoon 5 tanks, a Kompanie has 17 tanks at that moment.
Hstuf. Ewald Klapdor is relieved by Ostubaf. Otto Paetsch as Kdr. II./SS-Pz.Abt.5.

II./SS-Pz.Rgt.5 was sent to follow armoured elements of Pz.Gren.Rgt.9 Germania into the direction of Kowel, Poland.
MG's and ammunition followed on open wagons. Kowel was by then encircled with 4,000 men trapped. Wiking's orders were to relief the city, so SS-Gruf. Herbert-Otto Gille, together with Hstuf. Westphal (O1), fly into the encircled city and takes over command.

The encirclement area was only about 2x3 km wide by now. First relief attempt was halted. Around the Kowel region the following units were deployed:


  • Stab SS Pz.Div. WIKING
  • SS-Pi.Btl.5
  • StuG Batterie (7 StuG's)
South-west of Kowel:
  • PzGrenRgt 9 GERMANIA
  • PzGrenRgt 10 WESTLAND
  • PzArtRgt 5
  • Flak Abt 5
  • PzAufkl Abt 5

The I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 togehter with III.(gep)/PzGrenRgt 9 Germania are transferred to the Cholm area where they arrive in the night of the 19th March. Here they receive new supplies, SPW's and winterclothing.

SS-Ostuf. Jessen recieves 17 StuG's which are standing at the Cholm replacement-station. The same day the StuG's are handed over to a unknown Wehrmacht StuG-Abteilung.
The Abteilung is under command of SS-Stubaf. Kümmel, who reports: "22 killed, 81 wounded men hospitalized, 65 light wounded with the troops, 63 missing, 49 ill and 2 killed by accidents".

The I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 is reorganized into 4 Kompanien again;
1.Kompanie Ostuf. Brand
2.Kompanie Ostuf. Hein
3.Kompanie Ostuf. Schumacher
4.Kompanie Ostuf. Jessen

The Ausbildungs- und Ersatzkompanie was under command of Ostuf. Mittelbacher, who became Abteilungs Adjutant during the following actions.

Reconnaissance party from the II./SS-Pz.Rgt. 5 meets in Cholm. Cholm will be the assembly area of the newly formed SS-Pz.Rgt. 5.
At dawn the attack started, forces manage to reach Maciejow where they cut off the railway to Kowel.

At 14.00 hrs, Ostuf. Brand receives 22 Pz.Kfw. IV's.
Rgt.Stabes SS-Pz.Rgt. 5 and II./SS-Pz.Rgt.5 transfer to Cholm in Poland to complete its training program and link up with the remains of the division, which had been almost destroyed in the Cherkassy pocket and was to be “refreshed” and rebuilt in Colm.

22 StuG IV are shipped from an ordnance depot in Germany to the 5.SS-Pz.Div. Originally they had been intended for the 4.SS-Pol.Pz.Gren.Div. in Greece, but on short notice they were allocated to the "Wiking" division.

This remained the only shipment of assault guns the division received until the end of the war. About 4 months later, on 10.7.1944, the Gen.Insp.d.Pz.Tr. sent 20 StuG III G's, which were initially intended for "Wiking", but on short notice these assault guns were allocated to another unit.

First time regiment was assembled, with the rebuilded I./SS-PzRgt.5 and the new II./SS-Pz.Rgt.5 meet in Cholm, Poland.

II./SS-PzRgt 5 is transferred by train, stopping at Vienna, Preßburg to end in Cholm.
Kompanie Chefs are:
5.Kompanie Ostuf. Jessen
6.Kompanie Hstuf. Reicher
7.Kompanie Ostuf. Schneider
8.Kompanie Ostuf. Nicolussi-Leck

By arrival, Mühlenkamp gives orders to Ustuf. Manfred Renz, Zugführer Pz.Aufkl.Zug of  II./SS-PzRgt 5.
The situation demands immediate reconnaissance.

SS-Pz.Rgt.5 receives 42 additional Pz V Panther; total number of Panther in regiment HQ and II. Abt. now 78!

The spearhead of the attack reaches Kowel, but Russian counter-attacks break through and the gap is closed again. It's snowing and the nearby terrain is made of swamp, so not suitable for the heavy Panthers tanks.

II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 arrives west of Kowel and begin their contribution to the relief operations.

The one and only Panther company initially available for the relief attempt was the 8./SS-Pz.Rgt.5 under SS-Ostuf. Nicolussi-Leck. It had arrived at Maciejow railroad station at 5.30 hrs on 27.3.1944.
Under command of Oberst Naber (Kdr Inf.Rgt 434), the attack along the railway Cholm-Kowel was planned. The III.(gep)/Germania supported by 10 StuG's of StuGBrigade 190 under command of Stubaf. Franz Hack joins the Kampfgruppe.

Around 12 o'clock, 8.Kompanie with 16 Panthers attacked the village of Koszary, the first objective was the railway junction at Czerkassy. The company had 17 Panthers, but one of them had developed serious mechanical problems late on the 28th and was not available.
Russian defensive lines are cracked at maximum speed, until the attack has to be stopped when 5 Panthers got stuck in the swamp besides the railway. The command of these tanks was given to Uschaf. Kasper. The others advanced. Three other Panthers were disabled, two of them with damaged tracks the last with engine problems. Ustuf. Steiner was killed.

At 16.30 hrs, Nicolussi-Leck reported by radio that his company had reached the area 600 m west of Czerkasy. 8 of his tanks were still combat ready, 3 had been knocked out by enemy fire, 5 got stuck in the mud.

With the remaining 9 Panthers Nicolussi-Leck went to attack again, when orders came to halt the advance. He disobeyed this order and went on*. 2 km east of Cherkassy the Panther of Oschaf. Faas was destroyed by a mine field. Engineers had to clear it first, so at 06.00 hrs he could continue his attack.

At 07.30 hrs Nicolussi-Leck and his tanks broke the encirclement and after destroying several Russian positions.
For this action Ostuf. Nicolussi-Leck was awarded the Ritterkreuz.

*As reason for his action he later stated:

  1. While receiving the order, his tanks were engaged with Russian forces;
  2. In his opinion, he had a better 'situational-awareness' than his commanding officers;
  3. Heavy snow fall covered his left flank, so its advance was a calculated risk;
  4. He was not placed under operational command of Hauptmann Bolm, who gave this order by radio.
  5. He had 2 options: failing, would mean the encircled troops had no chances anymore to breakout and he would be court-martialed or if he would succeed it probably would bring him a citation or even the Knights Cross...
The stranded Panthers, guarded by 10 men and 16 Jägers were relieved by III.(gep)/Germania and its SPW's.

It was not until 11.00 hrs, before 7./SS-Pz.Rgt.5 unloaded at Maciejow rail station. Arrival of first elements of the Stabs Kp., 5./ and 6./ took until 2.4.1944.


Cherkassy was finally given up.

I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows:
Pz III: 7 authorized, 0 assigned.
Pz IV: 73 authorized, 21 combat-ready (of 22 on hand)
StuG IV: 31 authorized, 19 combat-ready (of 21 on hand)
Total: 111 authorized, 40 combat-ready

II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows:
Pz V: 75 authorized, 58 combat-ready

Regimental Total: 186 authorized, 98 combat-ready

With the support of the 7.Kompanie the attack started.

Wehrmacht Bulletin of the day mentions fighting in KOVEL area and highlights achievement of Nicolussi-Leck during the relief operation.

The relief attack of Kowel started at 00.15 hrs. At 03.30 hrs, the first objectives were taken at Nowo-Koszary and the north-west of Czerkassy. Although 50 anti-tankguns were destroyed, Stubaf. Hans Dorr had to report that the attack has halted. After 4 hours and 45 minutes(!) they had gained only 500 meters.

The 5. and 7./Germania supported the ongoing attack, while the 6./Germania was held back as a reserve near Kruhel. Finally the siege was broken and 5., 6. and 7./Germania together with the reunited 8./Kompanie held the corridor so over 2,000 wounded men could be taken out of Kowel. Continuing Russian attacks from the north-east kept a high pressure on the thin lines, so the complete II./SS-PzRgt 5 was send to this sector. During one of the German attacks, heights 189.5 and 188 were occypied. Almost 15 Russian tanks were destroyed by the superior Panthers.

The Pz.Rgt. of Wiking were relieved by Wehrmacht units and transferred by to Lublin.

The corridor was secured by I./Germania together with 6./SS-Pz.Rgt.5.
Division is mentioned again in Wehrmacht Bulletin of the Day for its conduct during Kovel fighting and mentions bravery and leadership of Gille, the division commander.

Division continues reestablishment in Kovel area. SS-Pz.Rgt.5 (minus I./Panzer Abteilung) serves as reserve for LVI.Pz.Korps.
Bulk of division becomes army reserve in LUBLIN area, then transfers to SS Training Area at HEIDELAGER (DEBICA), then to assembly area of Sokal, east of Cholm.
I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 arrives in DEBINCA on 4th June 1944.8 Panthers issued to II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 in Erlangen on 17th April. These were the last(!) Panthers Wiking received till the end of the war.

On Adolf Hitler's birthday, Gruf. Herbert-Otto Gille received as 12th soldier and first one of the Waffen-SS the Brillianten zum Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub und Schwerten.
Ostuf. Nicolussi-Leck and Schneider were given the Ritterkreuz together with Hauptmann Bolm, the Kp.Chef of the Wehrmacht's Jäger Kompanie.

Total write-offs in tanks during the battle of Kowel and its aftermath mounted to 8 Panthers. Including a shipment of 8 replacement Panthers on the 17th April, SS-Pz.Rgt.5 was back at a total strength of of 79 Panthers, 27 Pz. IV and 22 StuG IV.

A new operation, codenamed 'Ilse' was planned.
The Werkstatt Kompanie was able to clear 50 Panthers, including the RO2, Mühlenkamp's own Befehlspanzer.
The 8th, 6th and 5th Kompanie assembled near the windmill, south-west of Kowel. Together with units of the Pionier Btl. and Grenadieren of the Wehrmacht. The attack reached its objectives and on 28th April the tanks were ordered back to Kowel.

Finally rest and refitting took place, the regiment was transferred to the Maciejow area and placed under command of LVI.Panzerkorps.


May 1944
Division refitting at Heidelager Training Ground.

Units of the Wiking take part in alleged anti-partisan action "Maigewitter" against ca. 1,400 Soviet partisans in the Parczew-Krasnik area.

Refitting on the Truppenübungsplatz 'Heidelager' Debica, Poland. Division strength: 17,368

I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows:
Pz III: 2 authorized, 0 assigned.
Pz IV: 73 authorized, 27 combat-ready
StuG IV: 7 authorized, 20 combat-ready (issued in lieu of Pz. IV)
Total: 82 authorized, 47 combat-ready

II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows:
Pz V: 75 authorized, 77 combat-ready

Regimental Total: 157 authorized, 124 combat-ready.

Russian attack starts and soon crossing the Bug river.
Quick reconnaissance of a party stated that the terrain was suitable for tanks in this region. Immediate actions began.


On 30 June 1944, the formation absorbed the VII SS Panzer Corps and was reformed as a headquarters for the 3.SS-Panzer-Division Totenkopf and 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking.
The Corps was placed under the control of former Wiking commander SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert Otto Gille.

The Panzerkorps was formed in August, 1943 in Poitiers, France. The formation was originally to be a skeleton formation to supervise those SS divisions that were being reformed as SS Panzer divisions.

July 1944

1,000 men from the SS-Ausbildungs und Ersatz Abteilung 14 placed under command of the division.
Transfer of Narwa battalion to 20th SS-Division completed. Division still refitting at Heidelager. Meanwhile, the Soviets march on...

The Russian attacks were directed into the Maciejow area. Mühlenkamp had his regimental staff, II./SS-PzAbt 5 and III./Germania at his disposal. Together with 3 Inf.Divisions and a Panzerdivision of the Wehrmacht he had to stop the attack. Even before orders could be issued, a Russian attack with 17 tanks took place which was hastily stopped.

Russian forces break through German defensive lines with the direction of Krasnoduby. 7./SS-Pz.Abt.5 and II./Germania were directed into the attack near the Smydin bridgehead.
The three other Panther Kompanien waited in positions around the village of Maciejow. A platoon was sent out while Mühlenkamp's HQ was positioned in Biliczy.

Although heavy attacks occurred, the Panthers stayed in their hidden positions. A bate was needed, a platoon had to trick the Russian forces and take them in front of the awaiting Panthers. Ostuf. Ulf-Ola Olin (Zugführer 7.Kompanie from Finland) volunteered for this dangerous task.
Shortly he got into contact with 12 Russian tanks. He drove into the open terrain and doing so, lured the Russian unit into the trap. More than 100 (!) tanks followed Olin in front of the waiting Panthers. All 50 (!) Panthers opened fire simultaneously and at the end of that day, 103 Russian tanks were counted destroyed.

German losses where unusual light, although some Panthers were hit, there was no one completely destroyed. Others were quickly repaired by the Werkstatt Kompanie under command of Ostuf. Erich Weise.

A total of 295 tanks were destroyed by Wiking together with other Wehrmacht units. For destroying 26 T-34 tanks, Oschaf. Alfred Großrock received the Ritterkreuz and all of his crew the E.K.1.
Ostubaf. Mühlenkamp is promoted to Standartenführer at the same day. After the battle the SS-PzRgt 5 is transfered to Bialystock.

declares that 3. and 4. Kompanie are ready for action, but 1. and 2. Kompanie will need more time and must remain in DEBICA until they receive their new vehicles.

Division commended in Wehrmacht Bulletin of the Day for its performance in heavy defensive fighting by MACIEJOW near KOVEL, where after 4 days of combat alongside panzer divisions of the army, repulsed the advance of 10 Soviet rifle divisions,
a tank corps and two tank brigades causing the enemy considerable losses in men and materiel. The Kampgruppe from
5.SS-Pz.Div. Wiking (consisting of SS-Pz.Rgt. 5 (minus I./SS-Pz.Abt.5
) and III./Germania “distinguished itself through their exemplary steadfastness.”

Wiking is reserve as part of the 2.Armee. Assembly area near Grodek, with advance units near Swisloc. An route by Brest-Kaminie Litewski-Bialowieza-Haynowka-Narew. Transported by train passing Cholm, Lublin and Siedlce using a total of 33 trains!

A soldier from SS-Panzer-Division "Wiking" speaking through feldfernsprecher 33 (field telephone), while behind him the Panthers hit the dusts. The Panthers in the background are "II 011" (SS-Untersturmführer Manfred Renz, Zugführer/platoon leader) and "II 014" belonging to the Panzer-Regiment 5 "Wiking".

The photo was most probably taken near Maciejewo (South-East of Warsaw) in May/June 1944. according to the book "Viking Summer: 5.SS-Panzer-Division in Poland" by Dennis Oliver, Panthers II011, II012, II013 and II014 were 2nd Battalion's reconnaissance platoon, commanded by Manfred Renz.

Remaining Stab Panthers were numbered R01, R02, R03 and II00, II01, II02 and II03.

About 66% of the division arrives in the Hanynowka area.
I./ and II./SS-PzRgt 5 with III./Germania moved to the battle area. Near Najnowka the Kampfgruppe is engaging large russian forces. For the first time the complete SS-PzRgt 5 is deployed at complete.

O.o.B. I./SS-PzRgt 5:
Stab Kopanie
3.Komp - Ostuf. Kurt Schumacher with 17 PzKfw IV's,
4.Komp - Hstuf. Zimmermann with 15 StuG's

I./SS-PzRgt 5 attacks near Kaminieclitwski Russian forces (3 InfDivs, 1 Cavalry Corps and 1 Motorized Corps). During these battles, 4 Panzers are disabled, among them the Befehlspanzer of Ostuf. Schumacher, Ustuf. Rüger, Oschaf. Ruf and Uschaf. Elend. Panther 324 (Ostuf. Hohenester) was salvaged.

At 11.00 hrs, II./SS-PzRgt 5 and III./Germania attack and reaches Peliczce. Simultaneously, Kampfgruppe 'Hänle' (7.Inf.Div) advances to Kamenec.
Combined attack by the 4./SS-PzRgt 5 with support of I./Germania, Stabs Kompanie SS-PzRgt 5 and the Pz.Pi.Kompanie.

The spearhead of the russian IV.Garde Kavallerie Korps was cut off.

4.StuGKomp (Hstuf. Zimmermann) with I./Westland attacks height 156, destroying 30 artillery guns around Szyszowo. Although heavy counter-attacks followed, it stayed in German hands.
Finally the SS-Pz.Art.Rgt. 5 enters Bialystock.
Wiking is the only large capable unit standing between the Russians and the Reich...

292.InfDiv is placed under command of Wiking.
At last the complete division is assembled in the area of operations.

Soviets capture Brest-Litovsk.

Soviets troops are twelve miles from Warsaw

August/September 1944


Division participates in counterattacks against Soviet forces in vicinity of STANISLAV and RADZYMIN.Division participates in counterattacks against Soviet forces in vicinity of STANISLAV and RADZYMIN.I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows:
Pz III: 2 authorized, 0 assigned.
Pz IV: 73 authorized, 12 combat-ready
StuG IV: 0 authorized, 11 combat-ready
Total: 75 authorized, 23 combat-ready

II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows::
Pz V: 75 authorized, 42 combat-ready

Regimental Total: 150 authorized, 65 combat-ready

Division mentioned in Wehrmacht Bulletin of the Day for its superb conduct during successful counterattack north of WARSAW.

Fritz Darges assumes command of SS-Pz.Rgt. 5 from Johannes Mühlenkamp.

Division participates in 1st defensive battle for WARSAW east of RADZYMIN.

Division mentioned in Wehrmacht Bulletin of the Day for its successful defensive fighting on the VISTULA and northeast of WARSAW. During 18.–22. Aug, IV.SS-Pz. Korps destroyed 98 Soviet tanks.

3./SS-Pz.Abt.5 (with 6 Pz IV and 2 StuG IV) virtually wiped out in heavy fighting when forced to blow up its last remaining vehicles on the eastern bank of the Bug River while fighting in the Slenzany Bridgehead. I. /SS-Pz.Abt.5 loses 8 Pz IV and 4 StuG IV in a single day of fighting. Its commander, SS-Hstuf. Saumenicht, is mortally wounded. Command of I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 goes to SS-Ostuf. Kurt Schumacher.

Division participates in 2nd defensive battle for WARSAW near ZERGCE.

In late August 1944, the division was ordered back to Modlin on the Vistula River near Warsaw where it was to join the newly formed Army Group Vistula. Fighting alongside the Luftwaffe's Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann Göring, the division annihilated the Red Army's 3rd Tank Corps.

The advent of the Warsaw Uprising brought the Soviet offensive to a halt, and relative peace fell on the frontline as in Warsaw Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer Erich von dem Bach Zelewski destroyed Warsaw with its civilians and partisans.

The division remained in the Modlin area for the rest of the year, grouped with the Totenkopf as IV.SS-Panzerkorps. Gille was promoted to command of the new SS-Panzerkorps, and after a brief period with SS-Oberführer Dr. Eduard Deisenhofer in command, SS-Standartenführer Rudolf Mühlenkamp, commander of the Wiking's panzer regiment, took command. Heavy defensive battles around Modlin followed for the rest of the year and in October, Mühlenkamp was replaced by SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich to become 'Inspekteur der Panzertruppen der Waffen-SS'.

Karl Ullrich would lead the division for the rest of the war, until its surrender in 1945.

I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 (1. – 4. Kompanie) tank strength as follows:
Pz III: 2 authorized, 0 assigned.
Pz IV: 73 authorized, 4 combat-ready
StuG IV: 0 authorized, 4 combat-ready
Total: 75 authorized, 8 combat-ready

II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 (5. – 8. Kompanie) tank strength as follows:
Pz V: 75 authorized, 19 combat-ready

Regimental Total: 150 authorized, 27 combat-ready

Division mentioned in Wehrmacht Bulletin of the Day for its conduct during successful defensive fighting northeast of WARSAW, where units of IV.SS-Pz. Korps (Totenkopf and Wiking) distinguished themselves “through unshakeable steadfastness and courageous counterblows.”

3./SS-Pz.Abt.5, which lost all of its tanks at the end of August, is reestablished.

SS-Pz.Rgt. 5 celebrates the destruction of its 500th Soviet tank since the regiment’s baptism of fire on 29 March 1944.

The SS-Pi.Kompanie of SS-Pz.Rgt.5  with one platoon is being assigned to both I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 and II./SS-Pz.Abt.5.The SS-Pi.Kompanie of SS-Pz.Rgt.5  with one platoon is being assigned to both I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 and II./SS-Pz.Abt.5.

1. and 2.Kompanie (Pz IV) training and re-equipping period ends and are transported to rejoin rest of I./SS-Pz.Abt.5, which occurs on 28 Sep. 2./SS-Pz.Abt.5 now has 17 Pz IV ready for action.

2./SS-Pz.Abt.5 loses 5 brand-new Pz IV in heavy fighting in town of NIEPORET when it encounters a concealed Soviet PaK-front.2./SS-Pz.Abt.5 loses 5 brand-new Pz IV in heavy fighting in town of NIEPORET when it encounters a concealed Soviet PaK-front.

Division participates in 3rd defensive battle for WARSAW near NIEPORENT and SEROCKK.

Although visiting his former regiment as Inspecktor Junkerschüle Tolz, Ostuf. Gerhard Lotze took command of the 5th coy - which he led 2 years earlier - during a Russian surprise attack. During the night and following morning he led several offensive actions, in which he personaly destroyed 2 tanks, and was killed in action. For these actions of bravery he recieved the Ritterkreuz and was promoted to Hauptsturmführer.

Division engaged in heavy defensive fighting east of MODLIN, Poland.

I./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows:
Pz III: 2 authorized, 0 assigned..
Pz IV: 73 authorized, 7 combat-readyPz IV: 73 authorized, 7 combat-ready
StuG IV: 0 authorized, 3 combat-ready
Total: 75 authorized, 10 combat-ready

II./SS-Pz.Abt.5 tank strength as follows:
Pz V: 75 authorized, 15 combat-ready

Regimental Total: 150 authorized, 25 combat-ready

Mid-November 1944

Due to shortage of tanks due to heavy (and irreplaceable losses), the regiment is divided into a combat-ready element consisting of the 2., 4., 5., and 6. Kompanien and a training (Lehr) element consisting of the 1., 3., 7., and 8. Kompanien. The training element is placed under the command of SS-Ostuf. Nicolussi-Leck and is sent to LODZ.Kompanien. The training element is placed under the command of SS-Ostuf. Nicolussi-Leck and is sent to LODZ.

Both first battalions of Norge and Danmark regiments (from 11.SS-PzGren.Div 'Nordland') transferred to 5th SS-Division..

To get new tanks and to train new crews. Eventually, the Lehr element is eventually transferred in February 1945 to SENNELAGER in Germany when new tanks fail to materialize.
The fighting element remains in action and supports a now – static front outside of WARSAW.


Division receives orders to entrain for movement to Hungary to participate in relief of BUDAPEST with rest of IV.SS-Pz.Korps, including 3.SS-Pz.Div. Totenkopf.Division receives orders to entrain for movement to Hungary to participate in relief of BUDAPEST with rest of IV.SS-Pz.Korps, including 3.SS-Pz.Div. Totenkopf.

Kampfgruppe (KG) Dorr, consisting out SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 9 Germania, A.A. 5 and SS-Pz.Gren.Btl..23 Norge depart from the Modlin area and headed for Budapest. Totenkopf for instance was well known with the eastern front, between 22th June 1941 and 31st December 1944 it lost a total of 53,794 men! Wiking suffered 11,098 losses.23 Norge depart from the Modlin area and headed for Budapest. Totenkopf for instance was well known with the eastern front, between 22th June 1941 and 31st December 1944 it lost a total of 53,794 men! Wiking suffered 11,098 losses.

In late December 1944, the Axis forces, including IX.SS-Gebirgskorps, defending Budapest were encircled and the IV.SS-Panzerkorps was ordered south to join General Hermann Balck's 6.Armee (Army Group Balck), which was mustering for a relief effort. The efforts were to be codenamed Operation Konrad.


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