Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Paul Hausser

Paul Hausser
An interesting picture of the excellent divisional commander Paul Hausser writing orders with staff from SS-Standarte Germania. The presence of captured British soldiers suggests that this photograph was taken as the Waffen-SS pushed northward. On 24 May 1940, German divisions would squeeze both the surrounded British and French forces at Dunkirk. There is no doupt that they could have either destroyed, or haven taken, the whole of the British Expeditionary Force prisoner. Among them was the core of the professionally trained army. There were also 400,000 French officers and men, but something extraordinary happened, “the miracle of Dunkirk”. It was for friend or foe, an unexpected and fateful turn of events, as Hitler himself giving the British the chance to escape. All that was wished for from Britain, was that they recognized Germany´s place on the Continent. The target of coming up to peace with Britain, in all honor, had motivated Hitler to spare the British. The English military historian Liddell Hart wrote after 1945, that the German Reich had absolutely no plans for war against Britain. Germany had imagined itself as a very important partner for Britain. Together they could oppose the Kremlin´s global machinations. Photographer: SS-Kriegsberichter Friedrich Zschäckel (1940). Commons: Bundesarchiv.

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