Europäische Freiwillige

SS-Infanterie-Regiment Westland
One of the reasons the SS-Division Wiking fought exclusively on the Eastern Front was the fact that it had a substantial minority of foreign volunteers - primarily from The Netherlands, Belgium and the Scandinavian countries - that were enticed into German service by the promise of being able to fight Bolshevism. Image: Dutch Waffen-SS recruits at a training camp in München under the command of SS-Obersturmbannführer Berthold Mack and later SS-Obersturmbannführer Paul Geiβler. The cult of the Germanic body was a central tenet of Nazi ideology, and physical exercise was taken seriously by the Waffen-SS. Certainly, it helped produce first-class troops able to withstand the physical rigors of campaign life. Fair use.

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