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5th SS Wiking Division volunteer armband


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5th SS Wiking Division volunteer armband This unit originally organized as the Nordische Division (Nr.5) was to be made up of Nordic volunteers mixed with ethnic German Waffen-SS veterans. In December 1940, the new SS motorised formation was to be designated as SS-Division Germania, but after its formative period, the name was changed, to SS-Division Wiking in January 1941. The division was formed around three motorised infantry regiments: Germania, Westland, and Nordland; with the addition of an artillery regiment. Command of the newly formed division was given to Felix Steiner, the former commander of the Verfügungstruppe SS Regiment Deutschland.