ϟϟ-Freiwilligen-Legion „Flandern“

SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Flandern
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The Belgian SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Flandern was also inserted into the ring around Leningrad. The men of Flandern saw heavy fighting defeating two major Soviet attacks towards the city. On March 31 1943, the Legion was ordered back to be reformed into the 27.SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Langemarck. The allocation of the title Langemarck, in memory of the bloody First World War battle fought at Langemarck in Belgium, was intended to represent Flemish-German camaraderie. However, the Flemings themselves didn't understand why they had been given a title which represented the losses suffered by German soldiers in 1914. Despite this, large numbers of Flemings continued to sign up for service with the Waffen-SS. The volunteers of the SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Flandern served on the Eastern front with distinction in a number of battles. Left image: a general version of a Waffen-SS recruiting poster encouraging European citizens to join the Waffen-SS and fight Communism. The poster was created by the artist W. Hoeck. Its based on some famous photographs showing stormtroopers from the Flemish Legion when they are going to attack. Public domain. Right image: a Waffen-SS BMW motorcyle photographed by the Flemish SS-Kriegsberichter Funk in October 1943. Credit: Bekors. US National Archives.

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