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.
European crusade against Communism
Dutch Recruiting Poster
Scandinavian Recruiting Poster
The creation of the multi-national European front line combat organization Waffen-SS was an event unique in history. Their racial aspects and implications were especially unique. Men of many nations joined together in the military establishment of a foreign country. Its members hoped to eventually see all Germanic nations united into one body. The pan-European theme and the anti-Communist struggle became the strongest single element of the Waffen-SS recruitment message to the non-Germans. The recruiting posters displayed the Waffen-SS as a Western-European force and slogans like 'We fight for the culture and freedom of Europe' and 'Joint front against Communism' were common. First image: Dutch recruiting poster from 1941, the artist and professor SS-Hauptsturmführer Ottomar Anton (1895 – 1976) used later Knight’s Cross holder SS-Obersturmbannführer Klemens Behler as model. Behler was at the time only a recruit but went on to win the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross on March 17 1945 as commander of SS-Artillerie-Regiment 54 (23.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nederland). Klemens Behler (1921 – 1998) survived World War II and went on to serve in the Bundeswehr. Second image: A Scandinavian recruiting poster by the famous Norweigian artist Harald Damsleth. Damsleth did a number of outstanding recruitment posters for the Waffen-SS. He was imprisoned for several years after being tried for treason at the end of World War II. Nevertheless, he had a successful graphics art career. Harald Damsleth died in 1971. Source: Knights and steel. Public domain.