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.
In February 1943, Hitler ordered the creation of an Waffen-SS division which would be officered by foreign volunteers. In March 1943, the Wiking's SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment Nordland, was separated from the Wiking Division and pulled out of the line to be used as the nucleus for the new division Nordland. The 11.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland's two Panzergrenadier regiments Norge and Danmark was made up of Scandinavian volunteers but both regiments had addition men made up of conscripts from other European countries. Dutch volunteers were planned to be a part of the Nordland division but after protests from the Dutch National Socialist Movement Party it was decided that they would form their own division. This division was formed in October 1943 and named 4.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Brigade Nederland. The Nordland division's manpower strength was 11.393 officers and men in December 1943 when it was sent to the Oranienbaum front near Leningrad. Top image: European foreign volunteer recruits of the newly formed Nordland division on their way to the oath-swearing ceremony. The company is led by the Swede Hans-Gösta Pehrsson, company commander of SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11. The photo is taken in the fall of 1943 in Sisak, Croatia. Fair use. Middle image: Norwegian volunteers of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 Norge taking their oath in Bosanski Novi, Croatia 1943. Public domain. Bottom image: In March 1945, the British Free Corps contingent, commanded by the South African SS-Unterscharführer Douglas Mardon, was deployed with the Nordland division. The Britons were sent to the 3rd Company of SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 11 under the command of the then Swedish SS-Obersturmführer Hans-Gösta Pehrsson. Note the Union Flag arm shields and the three-lion passant collar tabs on the uniforms of the British recruits, SS-Mann Kenneth Berry and SS-Sturmmann Alfred Minchin. Commons: Bundesarchiv.