Classic Waffen-SS divisions

Belgian Waffen-SS volunteers
The so-called classic SS Divisions – Leibstandarte SS, Das Reich, Totenkopf and Wiking – began receiving small quantities of ethnic German replacements by the spring of 1942. The classic divisions were able to maintain a degree of quality, and the divisions reached a comparable level, because their experienced cadre carried on the traditions established in the pre-war SS-V. The Waffen-SS were created to act as elite formations for use at the decisive points of the front. This became true of the first six Waffen-SS divisions, as well as the later-formed Panzer and Panzergrenadier divisions. Credit: Marc Rikmenspoel, Waffen-SS Encyclopedia. Image: A Flemish ceremony marking the departure of Volunteers to the Waffen-SS. Source: WCFHR. Fair use.

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