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.
Waffen-SS Kriegsberichters – War photographers and photojournalists
Gunter d'Alquen as SS-Hauptsturmführer
The SS-Kriegsberichters or SS War Correspondents who covered the war in the 1940´s were masters of their art. The images are like snapshots taken as the drama unfolds before their - and our - eyes. Historians owe them a deep dept of gratitude for having faithfully documented this historic struggle under enemy fire and in the most appalling conditions. In 1945, several months before the end of the war, an order issued by the RSHA, or Reichssicherheitshauptamt
Gunter d'Alquen as SS-Standartenführer
(National Security Service Main Office) required that all photographic material of the Waffen-SS was to be destroyed. This order was quickly carried out and all the film negatives were burned. Oddly enough, many archival albums which contained the contact strips managed to somehow survive. Today all the surviving SS War Correspondent albums are safely stored in the German Federal Archives. Top image: The then SS-Hauptsturmführer and Kriegsberichter Gunter d'Alquen eating with his driver during the opening days of the invasion of the Soviet Union. He was chief editor of the SS weekly Das Schwarze Korps, the official newspaper of the Schutzstaffel, and a Waffen-SS combat war correspondent. Photo taken by SS-Kriegsberichter Ernst Baumann. US National Archives and Records Administration. Fair use. Bottom image: Rising through the ranks Gunter d'Alquen became SS-Standartenführer of the famed unit SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers. Gunter d'Alquen died on May 15 1998 aged 88. Public domain.