Nordic Volunteers: Frikorps Danmark

SS-Freiwilligen-Verband Dänemark
Danish volunteers leaving for Austria
That SS-Division Wiking performed so well during its first campaign suggested that troops drawn from outside the Reich´s borders might be an effective way of fulfilling the Waffen-SS manpower requirements. SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor Felix Steiner, the innovator who brought his tactical insights to the Waffen-SS embraced the Germanic volunteer movement and helped to make it a success. Certainly, the invasion of the Soviet Union marked the beginning of a vast expansion of foreign recruitment. Image: Frikorps Danmark was a Danish volunteer free corps. At the outset of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Germany asked Denmark to form a military corps to fight with the Germans against the Soviets. Its formation was subsequently sanctioned by the democratically elected Danish government which authorized officers of the Danish Army to join the unit. In 1943, the corps was disbanded. Most soldiers were transferred to SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 Dänemark in 11.SS-Freiwilliegen-Panzergrenadierdivision Nordland. Images: Danish volunteers leaving for the front on July 19 1941. Photo: F. Aggersbo. Public domain.

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