European crusade against Communism

Dutch Recruiting Poster
Scandinavian Recruiting Poster
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. Left 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. Right 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.

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