Welcome! This is a Non-Political and a Non-Profit site (to include its authors and contributors) and does not subscribe to any revisionist organizations. This site is only to explore the combat role and history of the European Waffen-SS in World War II. Enlistment rolls show that a total of 950,000 men (German and foreigners) served in its ranks between 1940 and 1945. This blog contains a collection of real events and information on these volunteers for historical research and documentation.
Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 and Waffen-SS
Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 in Normandy
The Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6, equal in status to Waffen-SS units in recruiting, weaponry and training, were subordinated to 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Götz von Berlichingen around Carentan. The total fighting strength of the regiment at this time was 3,457 officers and men. The battle-hardened German Paras, known as the Green Devils by Allied forces, fought ferociously during the Normandy Invasion. They were perhaps the best armed infantrymen in World War II and played a key role defending positions in
Members of Waffen-SS taken prisoner
Normandy against much larger forces. The main weakness of the Fallschirmjäger-Regiment 6 was the same as all of the German regiments and divisions in Normandy – they simply lacked any real transport capability. The regiment was operating with 2.SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich when American forces launched Operation Cobra. General Ike Eisenhower (U.S. Army) said: The Waffen-SS armoured and airborne units had the highest morale, both in attack and defense, the troops fought with fanatic courage. Top image: Fallschirmjäger with MG42 in Normandy on June 21 1944. Photographer: Czirnich. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Bottom image: An unidentified Waffen-SS officer and a panzergrenadier captured by the British 8th Corps in Secqueville-en-Bessin in Normandy on June 26 1944. Public domain.