Waffen-SS im Westen (1940)

An unidentified SS-Obersturmbannführer on the move
Wanderer W11/1 towing a 75-mm light infantry cannon LeIG 18
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. All pictures in this thread taken by SS-Kriegsberichter Friedrich Zschäckel was originally published in the wartime photographic journal Waffen-SS im Westen in the spring of 1941. Top image: Clip showing an unidentified Waffen-SS unit. Date and location unclear. Footage from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Fair use. Bottom image: Members of SS-Standarte Der Führer drive through Paleisstraat near the Royal Palace in Amsterdam in Netherlands on May 15 1940. Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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