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.
This photograph shows an unidentified highly combat experienced SS-Oberscharführer of SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking, awarded both the Iron Cross First Class and the Close Combat Clasp. Both awarded in order to recognize the courage of the soldier in hand-to-hand combat in close quarters and for outstanding bravery on the battlefield. He also wears the Infantry Assault Badge and the Wound Badge. The Close Combat Clasp Gold (Nahkampfspange) was only awarded after 50+ days of close combat. It is slightly convex, with the center piece consisting of the national emblem surmounting a crossed bayonet and hand grenade. Image: Ukraine 1943. Fair use.