Ragnarök (the Norse Armageddon) was upon the SS Division Nordland. The Reichstag had fallen, and most of Berlin was at the mercy of the Red Army. The remains of Nordland seemed doomed, and Hauptsturmführer Hans-Gösta Pehrsson gave his last order as commander of the recon battalion: “The war is over! Everyone, save yourselves.” Most of what was left of the battalion made their way to Weidendammer Brücke, a bridge a few hundred yards east of the Reichstag. The plan was to cross the bridge and break through to join the German forces north of the city. There had been four previous attempts by this route. All four had failed, but the attacks had inflicted some losses on the Russian defense, and the area was littered with burning wrecks and debris. At 0400 the fifth and final attack commenced, led by one of the halftracks belonging to the Swedish SS volunteers.
Attacker: German (SS) (SS-Panzer-Aufklarungs-Abteilung 11, SS Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division 11)