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.
Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E
Waffen-SS Panzer VI Tiger at the Kursk salient
The Waffen-SS alone claimed a huge number of tank kills – 1,149 in total – during Operation Citadel, along with the destruction of 459 antitank guns, 85 aircrafts and 47 artillery pieces. SS-Oberstgruppenführer Hausser´s men also took 6,441 prisoners. This, indeed, could be considered a great victory. However, from Soviet viewpoint the Battle of Kursk was a strategic success. Their defence tactics worked, preventing the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS breaking through into open and using their Blitzkrieg-style of warfare to outflank, confuse and surround the Soviets. But any hope the Soviets may have had of dealing a major defeat to the II.SS-Panzerkorps ended. Prochorovka was believed to have been a significant German defeat but was actually a stunning reversal for the Soviets. Careful study of the daily reports and combat records of II.SS-Panzerkorps, available on microfilm at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., provides information that the Germans may have been near a success on the southern flank of the Kursk salient. As Feldmarschall von Manstein suggested, Prokhorovka may truly have been a lost German victory. Top image: Tiger fires its main gun at Kursk. Footage from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Fair use. Bottom image: A Waffen-SS Tiger moves forward at Kursk salient on the exposed Russian steppe. Commons: Bundesarchiv.