ϟϟ-Standarte „Germania“

SS-Standarte Germania
In October 1939 the SS-Standarte Der Führer, Deutschland and Germania were organized into the SS-Verfügungs Division and took part in the Campaigns in the West against the Low Countries and France in 1940, first seeing action in the main drive for the Dutch central front and Rotterdam. The Division was then transferred to France and helped breach a stiffly defended canal line, and then participated in the drive on Paris. At the end of the campaign, it had advanced all the way to the Spanish frontier. 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 Although withdrawn from service the Luger remained a popular possession among German (and Allied) troops.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 French and Polish 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.

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