|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. Image: Dutch volunteers in SS-Standarte Westland fall of 1940. Het Leven, Spaarnestad Photo. Public domain.