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.
ϟϟ-Panzerkorps: Early February 1943
SS-Obersturmführer Gert Schmager
Throughout the first week of February 1943 the Waffen-SS repulsed numerous Soviet attacks, inflicting serious losses on the enemy, who were somewhat shocked at running into strong Waffen-SS units. The Leibstandarte SS held its sector for two weeks against the full weight of the Soviet 3rd Tank Army, a remarkable feat in itself. Image: SS-Obersturmführer and Zugführer Gerhard Schmager of Regiment Der Führer (SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich) in Losowaja south of Kharkov in February 1943. Unlike the Battle for Moscow in 1941, Waffen-SS troops fighting in the Kharkov campaign were well equipped with winter clothing and equipment. Notice the unregimental use of the Waffen-SS aluminum cap skull on Schmagers headgear. Fair use.