|Dutch SS-Standarte Westland|
After the French campaign, SS-Standarte Germania was given the responsibility of acting as the core for an entirely new division, the SS-Division Wiking, comprising troops from Scandinavia and the Low Countries as well from Germany. As the Nederlandsche SS was supposed to be an elite corps, not everybody was allowed to become a member. There were selections based on race, attitude to life, personality and physical condition. To become a member, the candidate had to satisfy the following conditions, among others: Aryan descent proven to the year 1800 (1750 for officers), no dishonorable criminal convictions, physically healthy, confirmed by medical examination and pledge of unconditional loyalty to all superiors. A thorough series of physical and genealogical examinations and investigations were made on each applicant. Only after these were successfully concluded did the candidate officially become an SS-Man. Image: Dutch volunteers in SS-Standarte Westland fall of 1940. Het Leven, Spaarnestad Photo. Public domain.
Labels: A:III Western Campaign 1940