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: A European History
SS and foreign personnel Non-Commissioned Officer School
Waffen-SS Recruiting Office in Amsterdam
The creation of the multi-national European front line combat organization Waffen-SS was an event unique in history. Their racial aspects and implications were especially unique. Men of many nations joined together in the military establishment of a foreign country. Its members hoped to eventually see all Germanic nations united into one body. The pan-European theme and the anti-Communist struggle became the strongest single element of the Waffen-SS recruitment message to the non-Germans. To become a member, the candidate had to satisfy the following conditions, among others: Aryan descent proven to the year 1800 (1750 for officers), no dishonorable criminal convictions, physically healthy, confirmed by medical examination and pledge of unconditional loyalty to all superiors. A thorough series of physical and genealogical examinations and investigations were made on each applicant. Only after these were successfully concluded did the candidate officially become an SS-Man. Top image: a German instructor from SS-Regiment Germania with a French SS volunteer at Sennheim in Alsace-Lorraine in 1943. Scan: Signal Magazine. Commons: Bundesarchiv. Fair use. Bottom image: Dutch Waffen-SS media presentations and recruiting center on Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, today a Swedish H&M store. Public domain.