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.
ϟϟ-Artillerie-Regiment 12 and Aufklärungs-Abteilung Leibstandarte ϟϟ
Left image: SS-Untersturmführer Erwin Höke (November 15 1920 – January 25 1998), a Leibstandarte veteran since 1940, commanded 2.Batterie (Wespen) of SS-Artillerie-Regiment 12 in 12.SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend. Höke was wounded while destroying two Canadian anti-tank guns on the night of June 8 1944 but survived World War II. Image: Private Collection. Right image: SS-Obersturmführer Hans-Martin Leidreiter (September 14 1920 — April 6 2007) served in 1.SS Division Leibstandarte SS, a veteran since 1938. When Kurt Meyer left for the new Hitlerjugend Division in April 1943, the commander Gustav Knittel took over the reconnaissance battalion and Leidreiter became his adjutant. Leidreiter showed great bravery in the eastern front and was awarded the German Cross in Gold on 1 June 1944. He continued to serve under Knittel as company commander when the Leibstandarte SS was shipped to Normandy. When the Leibstandarte surrendered to the Americans in Austria in May 1945, Leidreiter decided to evade capture. He made it to the west on foot, accompanied by his driver August Rauber. After the war he became an assistant teacher and rose to the position of deputy leader of the Agricultural- and Silviculture School in Titisee-Neustadt. Credit: Harro of the Axis History Forum. Public domain.