Welcome! This is a Non-Political and a Non-Profit site (to include its authors and contributors) and does not subscribe to any revisionist organizations. This site is only to explore the combat role and history of the European Waffen-SS in World War II. Enlistment rolls show that a total of 950,000 men (German and foreigners) served in its ranks between 1940 and 1945. This blog contains a collection of real events and information on these volunteers for historical research and documentation.
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 Westenin 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.