Waffen-SS im Westen (1940)

All pictures in this thread (Western Campaign 1940) was originally published in the wartime photographic journal Waffen-SS im Westen in the spring of 1941. It was edited by SS-Hauptsturmführer Gunter d´Alquen, commander of the SS Propagandakompanie and editor of the official SS newspaper Das Schwarze Korps. DÁlquen himself was a distinguished SS war reporter and served in the front lines. From 1948 until his release (during his time as a POW) he worked on propaganda tactics for the American CIA. DÁlquen was fined DM 88,000 by the Berlin De-nazification court in the 1950s and deprived of all civic rights for a period of three years and debarred from drawing an allowance or pension from public funds. It is believed that these fines were indirectly paid for by the U.S. Government as part of their repatriation deal. DÁlquen was judged to have glorified the Waffen-SS and for having played an important role in the war propaganda. He was also banned from ever working in journalism. Gunter d´Alquen died in 1998. Credit: Bob Carruthers. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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