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-Division „Wiking“ in North Caucasus
SS-Hauptsturmführer Ludwig Kepplinger
Left image: Ludwig Kepplinger, here as SS-Hauptsturmführer, was the first NCO in the Waffen-SS to be awarded the Knight's Cross. He was wounded in the Caucasus when serving as company commander in SS-Infanterie-Regiment Westland of the Wiking Division. After recovering from his wounds he was given command of SS-Panzer-Abteilung 17 of the new division Götz von Berlichingen with the majority of its original cadre coming from replacement units and conscripts. The Wiking veteran SS-Sturmbannführer Kepplinger was murdered by French partisans southeast of Laval in August 1944. His body was found in 1980 west of Villiers-Charlemagne. Public domain. Right image: an unidentified SS-Rottenführer armed with a stick grenade. Public domain.