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.
Danish Waffen-SS Volunteers
The first Danes, Dutch, Flemings, Norwegians and Swedes were concentrated, along with Finns, into the new SS-Division Wiking. The Wiking did receive first-class officers and training before it went into action during late June 1941. The SS-Division Wiking performed so well during its first campaign suggested that troops drawn from outside the Reich´s borders might be an effective way of fulfilling the Waffen-SS manpower requirements. Certainly, the invasion of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a vast expansion of foreign recruitment. When taken prisoner in autumn 1941 the Soviet Major-General P. D. Artemenko, commander of 27th Rifle Corps, said that the SS-Division Wiking had shown greater fortitude than any other formation on either side; the Russians had breathed a sigh of relief, he said, when the division was relieved by Wehrmacht units. Image: Danish Waffen-SS Volunteers taking their oath of allegiance. Public domain.