Korsun encirclement. (Cherkassy pocket)
After things in Bukrin went in nowhere, the SS division "Viking"
re-deployed some 70 kms on south and took part in the battle
called Korsun, which became known as "little Stalingrad on the
The name, because a strategic importance and situation itself
reminded a situation with 6th Army, which was surrounded and
destroyed at Stalingrad.
At this point German army has been forced off from Dnepr river
everywhere, except for a Korsun region and it formed some sort
of a bulge in the German line. Soviets launched attacks and
closed a ring around two German army corps.
This battle was a complete disaster for a
Germans resulting in their surrender. The map shows the last
maneuver of SS "Viking". This division died in Korsun. I believe,
three dozen of Vikingers got out of encirclement. They returned
to Berlin, kept spirit of fighters and Hitler awarded them.
Speaking of SS awards. I don't know, which one was the
highest award, but I know which is the most valuable on a black
market this days.
It is “Death’s Head” silver SS ring, we call them a dead head
Chances to find “Death’s Head” not big. Himmler himself
awarded SS soldiers with them and each ring was engraved on the
inside of the band with Himmlers signature and after one died
the search group have been deployed to find the soldier with
rings, all death's heads should be returned to Himmler. He
eventually got back only 70% of rings that were given, the rest
30% lost, many in WW2 trenches.
Himmler kept SS rings in a Wewelsburg castle which was the
temple of SS order. He kept them in a special urn that
symbolized connection between alive and dead. I also, read
somewhere that Himmler was doing some other mystical
manipulations with those rings, but I don't know what exactly
and I doubt Himmler himself knew what he was doing.
The ring on photo is not real, it just a copy. If I was lucky
with finding a real SS “Death’s Head” ring, then you wouldn't
see me riding scooturo on the trenches, I'd already ride a new
ninja bike on highway. Collectors pay a big bucks for original
rings I have got a copy, because I don't want to miss a real
ring when I find it.
Also, I spared a bottle of wine to celebrate it.