Den Norske Legion (DNL)
The Norwegian volunteer Legion (DNL) was initiated by Norway’s Prime Minister Vidkun Quisling and Reichskommisar to Norway Joseph Terboven in 1941 and formed by the Waffen-SS. There were many arguments for volunteering. Strongest was most likely the urge many Scandinavians felt to help Finland in their war against the Soviets. But it was also the desire to help to fight Bolshevism before it reached the borders of Norway. One of the fiercest battles of DNL was during the Battle of Urizk in April 1942. While the Legion remarkably only lost three soldiers during this battle, the Russians lost hundreds, which was most attributed to their tactics of the “human wave” and that their retreating soldiers were shot by their own political commissars. The Legion was disbanded in March 1943. Most survivors of the Legion who wanted to continue fighting were transferred to SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 Norge, one of the regiments of the newly formed 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland. Image: An unidentified Norwegian SS-Oberscharführer of SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Norwegen. Public domain.