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.
Facing Impossible Odds (Grenadiers der Waffen-SS)
Wounded or captured Waffen-SS men or other volunteers against the Soviet Union were usually summarily executed on sight. The SS-Panzergrenadiers had no illusions about their fate if taken prisoner. The Soviet atrocities carried out against surrendered elite troops were well known among the Waffen-SS. On several well-documented occasions their fallen comrades had been found bestially mutilated and murdered. The barbarization of warfare in the East made surrender not an option. The year 1944 was depressing, but the men of the Waffen-SS did not have any idea of the occurrences for which they would later be made liable. Images: Unidentified SS-Grenadiers by SS-Kriegsberichter Max Büschel (December 22 1943) and Hermann Grönert (January 17 1944). Fair use.