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.
Image: Grenadiers of Waffen-SS Standarte Germania in 1940. The soldier on the left carries the legs of a mortar over his shoulder and is armed with the old 9mm P 08 Luger automatic pistol. Although withdrawn from service the Luger remained a popular possession among German (and Allied) troops. During the Polish and French campaigns the tabs were ordered to be removed, however the cuff titles remained. The photographer Friedrich Zschäckel was a holder of the Iron Cross 1st Class, and was promoted SS-Obersturmführer on April 20 1943. This makes him one of the highest-ranking Waffen-SS combat photographers, as well as one of the most well-traveled. Zschäckel is believed to have died during October 1944. Commons: Bundesarchiv.