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1 Origins (1929–39) 2 World War II
2.1.1 Invasion of Poland 2.1.2 First Divisions
2.2.1 France and the Netherlands 2.2.2 1940 expansion
2.3.1 Balkans 2.3.2 Soviet Union
2.5.1 1943 expansion
Warsaw Ghetto uprising 2.5.4 Kursk 2.5.5 Italy
2.6.1 1944 expansion
2.6.2 Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket
2.6.3 Raid on Drvar
2.6.4 Baltic states
Arnhem and Operation Market Garden 2.6.10 Warsaw
Warsaw Uprising 2.6.11 Vistula River
Vistula River line 2.6.12 Ardennes
Ardennes Offensive 2.6.13 Siege of Budapest
2.7.1 1945 expansion
2.7.2 Operation Nordwind
2.7.3 Operation Solstice
2.7.4 East Pomeranian Offensive
Operation Spring Awakening 2.7.6 Berlin
3 Divisions 4 Commanders 5 Casualties 6 Criminality 7 Post-war
8 See also 9 Explanatory notes 10 References
10.1 Citations 10.2 Bibliography
11 Further reading 12 External links
Parade for the third anniversary of the LSSAH on the barracks'
Sepp Dietrich is at the lectern. May 1935 The origins of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS can be traced back to the selection of a group of 120 SS men on 17 March 1933 by Sepp Dietrich
Sepp Dietrich to form the Sonderkommando Berlin. By November 1933 the formation had 800 men, and at a commemorative ceremony in Munich for the tenth anniversary of the failed Munich Putsch
Munich Putsch the regiment swore allegiance to Adolf Hitler. The oaths pledged were "Pledging loyalty to him alone" and "Obedience unto death". The formation was given the title Leibstandarte (Bodyguard Regiment) Adolf Hitler (LAH). On 13 April 1934, by order of Himmler, the regiment became known as the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler (LSSAH). The Leibstandarte demonstrated their loyalty to Hitler in 1934 during the "Night of the Long Knives", when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political killings and the purge of the Sturmabteilung (SA). Led by one of Hitler's oldest comrades, Ernst Röhm, the SA was seen as a threat by Hitler to his newly gained political power. Hitler also wanted to conciliate leaders of the Reichswehr
Reichswehr (the Republic's army) and conservatives of the country, people whose support Hitler needed to solidify his position. When Hitler decided to act against the SA, the SS was put in charge of eliminating Röhm and the other high-ranking SA officers. The Night of the Long Knives occurred between 30 June and 2 July 1934 and saw the killing of up to 200 people. This included almost the entire SA leadership, effectively ending its power. This action was largely carried out by SS personnel (including the Leibstandarte), and the Gestapo. In September 1934, Hitler authorised the formation of the military wing of the Nazi Party
Nazi Party and approved the formation of the SS-Verfügungstruppe
SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT), a special service troop under Hitler's overall command. The SS-VT had to depend on the German Army for its supply of weapons and military training, and they had control of the recruiting system through local draft boards responsible for assigning conscripts to the different branches of the Wehrmacht to meet quotas set by the German High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht or OKW
OKW in German). The SS was given the lowest priority for recruits. Even with the difficulties presented by the quota system, Heinrich Himmler formed two new SS regiments, the SS Germania and SS Deutschland, which together with the Leibstandarte and a communications unit made up the SS-VT. At the same time Himmler established the SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz
SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz and SS-Junkerschule Braunschweig
Braunschweig for military training of SS officers. Both schools used regular army training methods and mainly used former army officers as instructors.
The Leibstandarte SS
Adolf Hitler parades in Berlin, 1938 In 1934, Himmler set stringent requirements for recruits. They were to be German nationals who could prove their Aryan ancestry back to 1800, unmarried, and without a criminal record. A four-year commitment was required for the SS-VT and LSSAH. Recruits had to be between the ages of 17 and 23, at least 1.74 metres (5 ft 9 in) tall (1.78 metres (5 ft 10 in) for the LSSAH). Concentration camp guards had to make a one-year commitment, be between the ages of 16 and 23, and at least 1.72 metres (5 ft 8 in) tall. All recruits were required to have 20/20 eyesight, no dental fillings, and to provide a medical certificate. By 1938, the height restrictions were relaxed, up to six dental fillings were permitted, and eyeglasses for astigmatism and mild vision correction were allowed. Once the war commenced, the physical requirements were no longer strictly enforced, and essentially any recruit who could pass a basic medical exam was considered for service. Members of the SS could be of any religion except Judaism (Jewish), but atheists were not allowed according to Himmler in 1937. Historian Bernd Wegner found in his study of officers that a large majority of the senior officers corps of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS were from an upper-middle-class background and would have been considered for commissioning by traditional standards. Among later Waffen-SS generals, approximately six out of ten had a "university entrance qualification (Abitur), and no less than one-fifth a university degree". In 1936, Himmler selected former Lieutenant General Paul Hausser
Paul Hausser to be Inspector of the SS-VT. Hausser worked to transform the SS-VT into a credible military force that was a match for the regular army. On 17 August 1938, Hitler declared that the SS-VT would have a role in domestic as well as foreign affairs, which transformed this growing armed force into the rival that the army had feared. He decreed that service in the SS-VT qualified to fulfill military service obligations, although service in the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV) would not. Some units of the SS-TV would, in the case of war, be used as reserves for the SS-VT, which did not have its own reserves. For all its training, the SS-VT was untested in combat. In 1938, a battalion of the Leibstandarte was chosen to accompany the army troops in occupying Austria
Austria during the Anschluss, and the three regiments of the SS-VT participated in the occupation of the Sudetenland
Sudetenland that October. In both actions no resistance was met. Recruiting ethnic Germans from other countries began in April 1940, and units consisting of non-Germanic recruits were formed beginning in 1942. Non-Germanic units were not considered to be part of the SS, which still maintained its racial criteria, but rather were considered to be foreign nationals serving under the command of the SS. As a general rule, an "SS Division" was made up of Germans or other Germanic peoples, while a "Division of the SS" was made up of non-Germanic volunteers and conscripts.
World War II
Invasion of Poland
Einsatzgruppe members murdering Polish civilians in Kórnik shortly after the outbreak of World War II
World War II in Europe Himmler's military formations at the outbreak of the war comprised several subgroups that would become the basis of the Waffen-SS.
The Leibstandarte SS
Adolf Hitler (LSSAH), under then Obergruppenführer[a] Josef "Sepp" Dietrich. The Inspectorate of Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT), under Gruppenführer Paul Hausser, which commanded the Deutschland, Germania and Der Führer regiments. The latter was recruited in Austria
Austria after the Anschluss
Anschluss and was not yet combat-ready. The Inspectorate of Concentration Camps, under Gruppenführer Theodor Eicke, which fielded four infantry and one cavalry Death's-Head Standarten, comprising camp guards of the SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV). These troops wore the SS-TV skull and crossbones rather than the SS-VT "SS" runes. Police units of Obergruppenführer
Obergruppenführer und General der Polizei Kurt Daluege's Ordnungspolizei, which reported to Himmler in his capacity as Chief of German Police. These troops used police ranks and insignia rather than those of the SS. In August 1939, Hitler placed the Leibstandarte and the SS-VT under the operational control of the Army High Command (OKH). Himmler retained command of the Totenkopfstandarten for employment behind the advancing combat units in what were euphemistically called "special tasks of a police nature". In spite of the swift military victory over Poland in September 1939, the regular army felt that the performance of the SS-VT left much to be desired; its units took unnecessary risks and had a higher casualty rate than the army. They also stated that the SS-VT was poorly trained and its officers unsuitable for combat command. As an example, OKW
OKW noted that the Leibstandarte had to be rescued by an army regiment after becoming surrounded by the Poles at Pabianice. In its defence, the SS insisted that it had been hampered by having to fight piecemeal instead of as one formation, and was improperly equipped by the army to carry out its objectives. Himmler insisted that the SS-VT should be allowed to fight in its own formations under its own commanders, while the OKW
OKW tried to have the SS-VT disbanded altogether. Hitler was unwilling to upset either the army or Himmler, and chose a third path. He ordered that the SS-VT form its own divisions but that the divisions would be under army command. Adolf Hitler resisted integrating the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS into the army, as it was intended to remain the armed wing of the Party and to become an elite police force once the war was won. During the invasion, war crimes were committed against the Polish people. The Leibstandarte became notorious for torching villages without military justification. Members of the Leibstandarte also committed atrocities in numerous towns, including the murder of 50 Polish Jews
Jews in Błonie
Błonie and the massacre of 200 civilians, including children, who were machine gunned in Złoczew. Shootings also took place in Bolesławiec, Torzeniec, Goworowo, Mława, and Włocławek. Eicke's SS-TV field forces were not military. "Their military capabilities were employed instead in terrorizing the civilian population through acts that included hunting down straggling Polish soldiers, confiscating agricultural produce and livestock, and torturing and murdering large numbers of Polish political leaders, aristocrats, businessmen, priests, intellectuals, and Jews." His Totenkopfverbände troops were called on to carry out "police and security measures" in the rear areas. What these measures involved is demonstrated by the record of SS Totenkopf Standarte "Brandenburg". It arrived in Włocławek
Włocławek on 22 September 1939 and embarked on a four-day " Jewish
Jewish action" that included the burning of synagogues and the execution en-masse of the leaders of the Jewish
Jewish community. On 29 September the Standarte travelled to Bydgoszcz to conduct an "intelligentsia action".
In October 1939, the Deutschland, Germania, and Der Führer regiments
were reorganised into the SS-Verfügungs-Division. The Leibstandarte
remained independent and was increased in strength to a reinforced
motorised regiment. Hitler authorised the creation of two
new divisions: the SS Totenkopf Division, formed from militarised
Standarten of the SS-Totenkopfverbände, and the Polizei Division,
formed from members of the national police force. Almost
overnight the force that the
OKW had tried to disband had increased from 18,000 to over 100,000 men. Hitler next authorised the creation of four Motorized Artillery battalions in March 1940, one for each division and the Leibstandarte. The OKW
OKW was supposed to supply these new battalions with artillery, but was reluctant to hand over guns from its own arsenal. The weapons arrived only slowly and, by the time of the Battle of France, only the Leibstandarte battalion was up to strength.
France and the Netherlands
The three SS divisions and the Leibstandarte spent the winter of 1939
and the spring of 1940 training and preparing for the coming war in
the west. In May, they moved to the front, and the Leibstandarte was
attached to the army's 227th
Infantry Division. The Der Führer Regiment
Regiment was detached from the SS-VT Division and attached to the 207th Infantry
Infantry Division. The SS-VT Division minus Der Führer was concentrated near Münster
Münster awaiting the invasion of The Netherlands. The SS Totenkopf and Polizei Divisions were held in reserve. On 10 May, the Leibstandarte overcame Dutch border guards to spearhead the German advance of X.Corps into the Netherlands, north of the rivers towards the Dutch Grebbe line
Grebbe line and subsequently the Amsterdam region. The neighbouring Der Führer advanced towards the Grebbeline in the sector of the Grebbeberg
Grebbeberg with as a follow-up objective the city of Utrecht. The battle of the Grebbeberg
Grebbeberg lasted three days and took a toll on Der Führer. On 11 May, the SS-VT Division crossed into the Netherlands
Netherlands south of the rivers and headed towards Breda. It fought a series of skirmishes before Germania advanced into the Dutch province of Zeeland on 14 May. The rest of the SS-VT Division joined the northern front against the forces in Antwerp. The Leibstandarte on the same day, entered Rotterdam. After the surrender of Rotterdam, the Leibstandarte left for the Hague, which they reached on 15 May, capturing 3,500 Dutch as prisoners of war. In France, the SS Totenkopf was involved in the only Allied tank attack in the Battle of France. On 21 May, units of the 1st Army Tank Brigade, supported by the 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry
Infantry Division, took part in the Battle of Arras. The SS Totenkopf was overrun, finding their standard anti-tank gun, the 3.7 cm PaK 36, was no match for the British Matilda tank. After the Dutch surrender, the Leibstandarte moved south to France on 24 May. Becoming part of the XIX Panzer Corps under the command of General Heinz Guderian, they took up a position 15 miles south west of Dunkirk
Dunkirk along the line of the Aa Canal, facing the Allied defensive line near Watten. A patrol from the SS-VT Division crossed the canal at Saint-Venant, but was destroyed by British armour. A larger force from the SS-VT Division then crossed the canal and formed a bridgehead at Saint-Venant; 30 miles from Dunkirk. That night the OKW
OKW ordered the advance to halt, with the British Expeditionary Force trapped. The Leibstandarte paused for the night. However, on the following day, in defiance of Hitler's orders, Dietrich ordered his III Battalion to cross the canal and take the heights beyond, where British artillery observers were putting the regiment at risk. They assaulted the heights and drove the observers off. Instead of being censured for his act of defiance, Dietrich was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross. On that same day, British forces attacked Saint-Venant, forcing the SS-VT Division to retreat. On 26 May, the German advance resumed. On 27 May, the Deutschland regiment of the SS-VT Division reached the allied defensive line on the Leie River
Leie River at Merville. They forced a bridgehead across the river and waited for the SS Totenkopf Division to arrive to cover their flank. What arrived first was a unit of British tanks, which penetrated their position. The SS-VT managed to hold on against the British tank force, which got to within 15 feet of commander Felix Steiner's position. Only the arrival of the Totenkopf Panzerjäger platoon saved the Deutschland from being destroyed and their bridgehead lost. That same day, as the SS Totenkopf Division advanced near Merville, they encountered stubborn resistance from British Army units, which slowed their advance. The SS Totenkopf 4 Company, then committed the Le Paradis massacre, where 97 captured men of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Norfolk Regiment
Regiment were machine gunned after surrendering, with survivors finished off with bayonets. Two men survived. By 28 May, the Leibstandarte had taken the village of Wormhout, only ten miles from Dunkirk. After their surrender, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, along with some other units (including French soldiers), were taken to a barn in La Plaine au Bois near Wormhout
Wormhout and Esquelbecq. It was there that troops of the Leibstandarte's 2nd Battalion committed the Wormhoudt massacre, where 80 British and French prisoners of war were killed. By 30 May, the British were cornered at Dunkirk, and the SS divisions continued the advance into France. The Leibstandarte reached Saint-Étienne, 250 miles south of Paris, and had advanced further into France than any other unit. By the next day, the fighting was all but over. German forces arrived in Paris unopposed on 14 June and France formally surrendered on 25 June. Hitler expressed his pleasure with the performance of the Leibstandarte in the Netherlands
Netherlands and France, telling them, "Henceforth it will be an honour for you, who bear my name, to lead every German attack."
Waffen-SS foreign volunteers and conscripts Himmler gained approval for the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS to form its own high command, the Kommandoamt der Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS within the SS-Führungshauptamt, which was created in August 1940. It received command of the SS-VT (the Leibstandarte and the Verfügungs-Division, renamed Reich) and the armed SS-TV regiments (the Totenkopf-Division together with several independent Totenkopf-Standarten). In 1940, SS chief of staff Gottlob Berger
Gottlob Berger approached Himmler with a plan to recruit volunteers in the conquered territories from the ethnic German and Germanic populations. At first, Hitler had doubts about recruiting foreigners, but he was persuaded by Himmler and Berger. He gave approval for a new division to be formed from foreign nationals with German officers. By June 1940, Danish and Norwegian volunteers had formed the SS Regiment
Regiment Nordland, with Dutch and Flemish volunteers forming the SS Regiment
Regiment Westland. The two regiments, together with Germania (transferred from the Reich Division), formed the SS Division Wiking. A sufficient number of volunteers came forward requiring the SS to open a new training camp just for foreign volunteers at Sennheim
Sennheim in Alsace-Lorraine.
At the beginning of the new year, the Polizei-Division was brought
under FHA administration, although it would not be formally merged
Waffen-SS until 1942. At the same time, the Totenkopf-Standarten, aside from the three constituting the TK-Division, lost their Death's Head designation and insignia and were reclassified SS-Infanterie- (or Kavallerie-) Regimente. The 11th Rgt. was transferred into the Reich Division to replace Germania; the remainder were grouped into three independent brigades and a battle group in Norway. By the spring of 1941, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS consisted of the equivalent of six or seven divisions: the Reich, Totenkopf, Polizei, and Wiking Divisions and Kampfgruppe
Kampfgruppe (later Division) Nord, and the Leibstandarte, 1 SS
1 SS Infantry, 2 SS Infantry, and SS Cavalry
The Leibstandarte SS
Adolf Hitler Division advancing into the Balkans
Balkans during 1941 In March 1941, a major Italian counterattack against Greek forces failed, and Germany came to the aid of its ally. Operation Marita began on 6 April 1941, with German troops invading Greece
Greece through Bulgaria
Bulgaria and Yugoslavia
Yugoslavia in an effort to secure its southern flank. Reich was ordered to leave France and head for Romania, and the Leibstandarte was ordered to Bulgaria. The Leibstandarte, attached to the XL Panzer Corps, advanced west then south from Bulgaria
Bulgaria into the mountains, and by 9 April had reached Prilep
Prilep in Yugoslavia, 30 miles from the Greek border. Further north the SS Reich, with the XLI Panzer Corps, crossed the Romanian border and advanced on Belgrade, the Yugoslav capital. Fritz Klingenberg, a company commander in the Reich, led his men into Belgrade, where a small group in the vanguard accepted the surrender of the city on 13 April. A few days later the Royal Yugoslav Army
Royal Yugoslav Army surrendered. The Leibstandarte had now crossed into Greece, and on 10 April engaged the 6th Australian Division
6th Australian Division in the Battle of the Klidi Pass. For 48 hours they fought for control of the heights, often engaging in hand-to-hand combat, eventually gaining control with the capture of Height 997, which opened the pass and allowed the German Army to advance into the Greek interior. This victory gained praise from the OKW: in the order of the day they were commended for their "unshakable offensive spirit" and told that "the present victory signifies for the Leibstandarte a new and imperishable page of honour in its history." The Leibstandarte continued the advance on 13 May. When the Reconnaissance Battalion under the command of Kurt Meyer
Kurt Meyer came under heavy fire from the Greek Army defending the Klisura Pass, they broke through the defenders and captured 1,000 prisoners of war at the cost of six dead and nine wounded. The next day, Meyer captured Kastoria
Kastoria and took another 11,000 prisoners of war. By 20 May, the Leibstandarte had cut off the retreating Greek Army at Metsovon
Metsovon and accepted the surrender of the Greek Epirus-Macedonian Army. As a reward, the Leibstandarte was nominally redesignated as a full motorised division, although few additional elements had been added by the start of the Russian campaign and the "Division" remained effectively a reinforced brigade.
Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, started
on 22 June 1941, and all the
Waffen-SS formations participated (including the SS Reich, which was formally renamed to SS Das Reich by the Fall of 1941).
SS members at a murder site in Zboriv, Ukraine, 1941
SS Division Nord, which was in northern Finland, took part in
Operation Arctic Fox
Operation Arctic Fox with the Finnish Army and fought at the battle of Salla, where against strong Soviet forces they suffered 300 killed and 400 wounded in the first two days of the invasion. Thick forests and heavy smoke from forest fires disoriented the troops and the division's units completely fell apart. By the end of 1941, Nord had suffered severe casualties. Over the winter of 1941–42 it received replacements from the general pool of Waffen-SS recruits, who were supposedly younger and better trained than the SS men of the original formation, which had been drawn largely from Totenkopfstandarten of Nazi concentration camp
Nazi concentration camp guards. The rest of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS divisions and brigades fared better. The SS Totenkopf and Polizei divisions were attached to Army Group North, with the mission to advance through the Baltic states
Baltic states and on to Leningrad. The SS Division Das Reich
SS Division Das Reich was with Army Group Centre and headed towards Moscow. The SS Division Wiking and the Leibstandarte were with Army Group South, heading for the Ukraine
Ukraine and the city of Kiev. The war in the Soviet Union proceeded well at first, but the cost to the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS was extreme: by late October, the Leibstandarte was at half strength due to enemy action and dysentery that swept through the ranks. Das Reich lost 60% of its strength and was still to take part in the Battle of Moscow. The unit was decimated in the following Soviet offensive. The Der Führer Regiment
Regiment was reduced to 35 men out of the 2,000 that had started the campaign in June. Altogether, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS had suffered 43,000 casualties. While the Leibstandarte and the SS divisions were fighting in the front line, behind the lines it was a different story. The 1 SS Infantry
Infantry and 2 SS Infantry
Infantry Brigades, which had been formed from surplus concentration camp guards of the SS-TV, and the SS Cavalry Brigade
Brigade moved into the Soviet Union behind the advancing armies. At first, they fought Soviet partisans
Soviet partisans and cut off units of the Red Army in the rear of Army Group South, capturing 7,000 prisoners of war, but from mid-August 1941 until late 1942 they were assigned to the Reich Main Security Office headed by Reinhard Heydrich. The brigades were now used for rear area security and policing, and were no longer under army or Waffen-SS command. In the Autumn of 1941, they left the anti-partisan role to other units and actively took part in the Holocaust. While assisting the Einsatzgruppen, they participated in the extermination of the Jewish
Jewish population of the Soviet Union, forming firing parties when required. The three brigades were responsible for the murder of tens of thousands by the end of 1941.
Cavalrymen of the SS
Cavalry Brigade. September 1941. Because it was more mobile and better able to carry out large-scale operations, the SS Cavalry
Brigade had 2 regiments with a strength of 3500 men and played a pivotal role in the transition to the wholesale extermination of the Jewish
Jewish population. In the summer of 1941, Himmler assigned Hermann Fegelein
Hermann Fegelein to be in charge of both regiments. On 19 July 1941, Himmler assigned Fegelein's regiments to the general command of HSSPF Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski for the "systematic combing" of the Pripyat swamps, an operation designed to round up and exterminate Jews, partisans, and civilians in that area of Byelorussian SSR. Fegelein split the territory to be covered into two sections divided by the Pripyat River, with the 1st Regiment
Regiment taking the northern half and the 2nd Regiment
Regiment the south. The regiments worked their way from east to west through their assigned territory, and filed daily reports on the number of people killed and taken prisoner. By 1 August, SS Cavalry
Regiment 1 under the command of Gustav Lombard
Gustav Lombard was responsible for the death of 800 people; by 6 August, this total had reached 3,000 " Jews
Jews and partisans". Throughout the following weeks, personnel of SS Cavalry
Regiment 1 under Lombard's command murdered an estimated 11,000 Jews
Jews and more than 400 dispersed soldiers of the Red Army. Thus Fegelein's units were among the first in the Holocaust
Holocaust to wipe out entire Jewish communities. Fegelein's final operational report dated 18 September 1941, states that they killed 14,178 Jews, 1,001 partisans, 699 Red Army
Red Army soldiers, with 830 prisoners taken and losses of 17 dead, 36 wounded, and 3 missing. Historian Henning Pieper estimates the actual number of Jews
Jews killed was closer to 23,700.
Offensive of the
Red Army south of Lake Ilmen, 7 January – 21 February 1942, creating the Demyansk
Demyansk Pocket 3rd SS Division
3rd SS Division on the Eastern Front In 1942, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS was further expanded and a new division was entered on the rolls in March. By the second half of 1942, an increasing number of foreigners, many of whom were not volunteers, began entering the ranks. The 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen was recruited from Volksdeutsche
Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans) drafted under threat of punishment by the local German leadership from Croatia, Serbia, Hungary, and Romania
Romania and used for anti-partisan operations in the Balkans. Himmler approved the introduction of formal compulsory service for the Volksdeutsche
Volksdeutsche in German occupied Serbia. Another new division was formed at the same time, when the SS Cavalry
Brigade was used as the cadre in the formation of the 8th SS Cavalry
Cavalry Division Florian Geyer.
Panzergrenadier divisions The front line divisions of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS that had suffered losses through the winter of 1941–1942 and during the Soviet counter-offensive were withdrawn to France to recover and be reformed as Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier divisions. Due to the efforts of Himmler and Obergruppenführer
Obergruppenführer Paul Hausser, the new commander of the SS Panzer Corps, the three SS Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier divisions Leibstandarte, Das Reich, and Totenkopf were to be formed with a full regiment of tanks rather than only a battalion. This meant that the SS Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier divisions were full-strength Panzer divisions in all but name. They each received nine Tiger tanks, which were formed into the heavy panzer companies.
Demyansk Pocket The Soviet offensive of January 1942 trapped a number of German divisions in the Demyansk Pocket
Demyansk Pocket between February and April 1942; the 3rd SS Totenkopf was one of the divisions encircled by the Red Army. The Red Army
Red Army liberated Demyansk
Demyansk on 1 March 1943 with the retreat of the German troops. "For his excellence in command and the particularly fierce fighting of the Totenkopf", Obergruppenführer
Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knight's Cross on 20 May 1942.
Bosnian Muslims (ethnic Bosniaks) members of the Handschar division,
the first non-Germanic, multi-ethnic
Waffen-SS division, 1943 The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS expanded further in 1943: in February the 9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen and its sister division, the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg, were formed in France. They were followed in July by the 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier Division Nordland created from Norwegian and Danish volunteers. September saw the formation of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend
12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend using volunteers from the Hitler Youth. Himmler and Berger successfully appealed to Hitler to form a Bosnian Muslim
Muslim division, and the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian), the first non-Germanic division, was formed, to fight Josip Broz Tito's Yugoslav Partisans. This was followed by the 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician) formed from volunteers from Galicia in western Ukraine. The 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian)
15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian) was created in 1943, using compulsory military service in the Ostland. The final new 1943 division was the 16th SS Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier Division Reichsführer-SS, which was created using the Sturmbrigade Reichsführer SS as a cadre. By the end of the year, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS had increased in size from eight divisions and some brigades to 16 divisions. By 1943 the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS could not longer claim to be an "elite" fighting force. Recruitment and conscription based on "numerical over qualitative expansion" took place, with many of the "foreign" units being good for only rear-guard duty.
German tanks at Kharkov, 1943
On the Eastern Front, the Germans suffered a devastating defeat when
the 6th Army was defeated during the Battle of Stalingrad. Hitler
ordered the SS Panzer Corps back to the Eastern Front for a
counter-attack with the city of
Kharkiv as its objective. The SS Panzer Corps was in full retreat on 19 February, having been attacked by the Soviet 6th Army, when they received the order to counter-attack. Disobeying Hitler's order to "stand fast and fight to the death", Hausser withdrew in front of the Red Army. During Manstein's counteroffensive, the SS Panzer Corps, without support from the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe or neighbouring German formations, broke through the Soviet line and advanced on Kharkov. Despite orders to encircle Kharkov
Kharkov from the north, the SS Panzer Corps directly attacked in the Third Battle of Kharkov
Third Battle of Kharkov on 11 March. This led to four days of house-to-house fighting before Kharkov
Kharkov was recaptured by the SS Division Leibstandarte on 15 March. Two days later, the German forces recaptured Belgorod, creating the salient that, in July 1943, led to the Battle of Kursk. The German offensive cost the Red Army
Red Army an estimated 70,000 casualties but the house-to-house fighting in Kharkov
Kharkov was particularly bloody for the SS Panzer Corps, which lost approximately 44% of its strength by the time operations ended in late March.
Warsaw Ghetto uprising Stroop Report
Stroop Report original caption: "The leader of the grand operation." SS- Brigadeführer
Brigadeführer Jürgen Stroop
Jürgen Stroop (center) watches housing blocks burn. The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising was a Jewish
Jewish insurgency that arose within the Warsaw Ghetto
Warsaw Ghetto from 19 April to 16 May, an effort to prevent the transportation of the remaining population of the ghetto to Treblinka extermination camp. Units involved from the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS were 821 Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS Panzergrenadiers from five reserve and training battalions and one cavalry reserve and training battalion.
Kursk For the Battle of Kursk, the SS Panzer Corps was renamed the II SS Panzer Corps and was part of the 4th Panzer Army. The II SS Panzer Corps spearheaded the attack through the Soviet defences. The attack penetrated to a depth of 35 kilometres (22 mi) and was then stopped by the Soviet 1st Tank Army. The Soviet reserves had been sent south to defend against a German attack by the III Panzer Corps. With the loss of their reserves, any hope they may have had of dealing a major defeat to the SS Panzer Corps ended. But the German advances now failed – despite appalling losses, the Soviet tank armies held the line and prevented the II SS Panzer Corps from making the expected breakthrough.
Tiger tank Company Das Reich during the Battle of Kursk
The failure to break through the Soviet tactical zone and the need to
break off the assault by the German 9th Army on the northern shoulder
of the Kursk salient due to
Operation Kutuzov contributed to Hitler's decision to halt the offensive. A parallel attack by the Red Army against the new 6th Army on the Mius river south of Kharkov necessitated the withdrawal of reserve forces held to exploit any success on the southern shoulder of Kursk. The OKW
OKW also had to draw on some German troops from the Eastern Front to bolster the Mediterranean theatre following the Anglo-American Invasion of Sicily. On 17 July, Hitler called off the operation and ordered a withdrawal. The Soviet Union was not beaten, and the strategic initiative had swung to the Red Army. The Germans were forced onto the defensive as the Red Army
Red Army began the liberation of Western Russia.
The Leibstandarte was thereafter sent to
Italy to help stabilise the situation there following the deposal of Benito Mussolini
Benito Mussolini by the Badoglio government and the Allied invasion of Sicily, which was the beginning of the Italian Campaign. The division left behind its armour and equipment, which was given to Das Reich and Totenkopf. After the Italian surrender and collapse of 8 September 1943, the Leibstandarte was ordered to begin disarming nearby Italian units. It also had the task of guarding vital road and rail junctions in the north of Italy
Italy and was involved in several skirmishes with partisans. This went smoothly, with the exception of a brief skirmish with Italian troops stationed in Parma on 9 September. By 19 September, all Italian forces in the Po River plain had been disarmed, but the OKW
OKW received reports that elements of the Italian Fourth Army were regrouping in Piedmont, near the French border. Joachim Peiper's mechanised III Battalion, SS Panzergrenadier Regiment
Regiment 2, was sent to disarm these units. On arriving in the province of Cuneo, Peiper was met by an Italian officer who warned that his forces would attack unless Peiper's unit vacated the province immediately. After Peiper refused, the Italians attacked. Peiper's battalion defeated the Italians, and subsequently shelled and burnt down the village of Boves, killing at least 34 civilians. Peiper's battalion then disarmed the remaining Italian forces in the area. While the Leibstandarte was operating in the north, the 16 SS Reichsführer-SS
Reichsführer-SS sent a small battlegroup to contain the Anzio landings in January 1944. In March, the bulk of the 1st Italienische Freiwilligen Sturmbrigade (or Brigata d'Assalto, Volontari in Italian) was sent to the Anzio beachhead, where they fought alongside their German allies, receiving favourable reports and taking heavy losses. In recognition of their performance, Himmler declared the unit to be fully integrated into the Waffen-SS.
After D-Day, the
Indische Legion was transferred from the Heer to Waffen-SS. The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS expanded again during 1944. January saw the formation of the 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Latvian), formed from the two SS Infantry
Infantry Brigades as cadre with Latvian conscripts. The 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian)
20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian) was formed via general conscription in February 1944, around a cadre from the 3 Estonian SS Volunteer Brigade. The 21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg (1st Albanian) was formed in March 1944 from Albanian and Kosovan volunteers, which as with other "eastern formations" were intended for use against "irregular forces". A second Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS cavalry division followed in April 1944, the 22nd SS Volunteer Cavalry
Cavalry Division Maria Theresia. The bulk of the troops were Hungarian Army Volksdeutsche
Volksdeutsche conscripts transferred to the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS following an agreement between Germany and Hungary. The 23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland followed, formed from the 4th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier Brigade Nederland, but it was never more than a large brigade. The 24th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Karstjäger was another division that was never more than brigade size, consisting mainly of ethnic German volunteers from Italy
Italy and Yugoslavia, along with volunteers from Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Ukraine. They were primarily involved in fighting partisans in the Kras region of the Alps
Alps on the frontiers of Slovenia, Italy, and Austria, the mountainous terrain requiring specialised mountain troops and equipment. Two Hungarian divisions followed: the 25th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Hunyadi (1st Hungarian) and the 26th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Hungarian). These were formed under the authority of the Hungarian defence minister, at the request of Himmler. One regiment from the Hungarian Army was ordered to join, but they mostly consisted of Hungarian and Romanian volunteers.
Members of the
Waffen-SS in front of a camouflaged tank, France, June 1944 The SS Division Langemarck
SS Division Langemarck was formed next in October 1944, from Flemish volunteers added to the 6th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Langemarck, but again it was nothing more than a large brigade. The 5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien
5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien was also upgraded to the SS Division Wallonien, but it too was never more than a large brigade. Plans to convert the Kaminnski Brigade
Brigade into the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS RONA (1st Russian) were dropped after the execution of their commander, Bronislav Kaminski; instead the Waffen Grenadier Brigade
Brigade of SS (Italian no. 1) became the 29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Italian). The 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Russian) was formed from the Schutzmannschaft-Brigade Siegling. The final new division of late 1944 was the 31st SS Volunteer Grenadier Division, formed from Hungarians and conscripted Volksdeutsche. In November 1944 the 1st Cossack Division, originally mustered by the German Army in 1943, was taken over by the Waffen-SS. The SS Führungshauptamt reorganized the division and used further Cossack combat units from the army and the Ordnungspolizei
Ordnungspolizei to form a 2nd Cossack Division. Both divisions were placed under the command of the XV SS Cossack Cavalry
Cavalry Corps on 1 February 1945. With the transfer of the Volunteer Cossack-Stamm- Regiment
Regiment 5 from the Freiwilligen-Stamm-Division on the same day the takeover of the Cossack units by the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS was complete.
Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket was formed in January 1944 when units of the 8th Army withdrew to the Panther-Wotan Line, a defensive position along the Dnieper River
Dnieper River in Ukraine. Two army corps were left holding a salient into the Soviet lines extending some 100 kilometres (62 mi). The Red Army's 1st and 2nd Ukrainian Fronts encircled the pocket. Trapped in the pocket were a total of six German divisions, including the 5 SS Wiking, with the attached 5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien, and the Estonian SS Battalion Narwa. The Germans broke out in co-ordination with other German forces from the outside, including the 1 SS
1 SS Leibstandarte. Roughly two out of three encircled men successfully escaped the pocket.
Raid on Drvar
The Raid on Drvar, codenamed Operation Rösselsprung, was an attack by
Waffen-SS and Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe on the command structure of the Yugoslav partisans. Their objective was the elimination of the partisan-controlled Supreme Headquarters and the capture of Tito. The offensive took place in April and May 1944. The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS units involved were the 500th SS Parachute Battalion
500th SS Parachute Battalion and the 7 SS Prinz Eugen. The assault started when a small group parachuted into Drvar
Drvar to secure landing grounds for the following glider force. The 500th SS Parachute Battalion fought their way to Tito's cave headquarters and exchanged heavy gunfire resulting in numerous casualties on both sides. By the time German forces had penetrated into the cave, Tito had already escaped. At the end of the battle, only 200 men of the 500th SS Parachute Battalion remained unwounded.
In Estonia, the Battle of Narva started in February. The battle can be
divided into two phases: the
Battle for Narva Bridgehead
Battle for Narva Bridgehead from February to July and the Battle of Tannenberg Line
Battle of Tannenberg Line from July to September. A number of volunteer and conscript Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS units from Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Estonia
Estonia fought in Narva. The units were all part of the III SS (Germanic) Panzer Corps in Army Group North, which consisted of the 11th SS Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier Division Nordland, the 4th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier
Brigade Nederland, the 5th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Wallonien, the 6th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Langemarck, and the conscript 20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian), under the command of Obergruppenführer
Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner. Also in Army Group North was the VI SS Corps, which consisted of the 15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian)
15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian) and the 19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Latvian). Latvian Waffen SS and German army units held out in the Courland Pocket
Courland Pocket until the end of the war.
The starting lines of Operation Spring,
Waffen-SS units identified are the 1 SS, 9 SS, 10 SS, 12 SS Divisions and the 101 and 102 SS Heavy Panzer Battalions Operation Overlord, the Allied "D-Day" landings in Normandy, took place on 6 June 1944. In preparation for the expected landings, the I SS Panzer Corps Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was moved to Septeuil
Septeuil to the west of Paris in April 1944. The Corps had the 1 SS
1 SS Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, 12 SS Hitlerjugend, the 17 SS Götz von Berlichingen and the army's Panzer-Lehr-Division
Panzer-Lehr-Division divisions assigned to it. The Corps was to form a part of General Leo Geyr von Schweppenburg's Panzer Group West, the Western theatre's armoured reserve. The Corps was restructured on 4 July 1944 and only the 1 SS
1 SS Leibstandarte and the 12 SS Hitlerjugend remained on strength. After the landings, the first Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS unit in action was the 12 SS Hitlerjugend, which arrived at the invasion front on 7 June, in the Caen
Caen area. The same day they committed the Ardenne Abbey massacre against Canadian army prisoners of war. The next unit to arrive was the 17 SS Götz von Berlichingen on 11 June, which came into contact with the 101st Airborne Division. The SS Heavy Panzer Battalion 101 arrived next to protect the left wing of the I SS Panzer Corps. The 1 SS
1 SS Leibstandarte arrived towards the end of the month with lead elements becoming embroiled in the British offensive Operation Epsom. The only other Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS unit in France at this time was the 2 SS Das Reich, in Montauban, north of Toulouse. They were ordered north to the landing beaches and on 9 June were responsible for the Tulle massacre, where 99 men were murdered. The next day, they reached Oradour-sur-Glane
Oradour-sur-Glane where they massacred 642 French civilians. The II SS Panzer Corps, consisting of the 9th SS Hohenstaufen and 10th SS Frundsberg divisions and the SS Heavy Panzer Battalion 102, was transferred from the Eastern Front to spearhead an offensive to destroy the Allied beachhead. However, the British launched Operation Epsom and the two divisions were fed piecemeal into the battle, and launched several counterattacks over the following days.
German counterattacks against Canadian-Polish positions on 20 August
Without any further reinforcements in men or materiel, the Waffen-SS
divisions could not stop the Allied advance.
1 SS Leibstandarte and 2 SS Das Reich took part in the failed Operation Lüttich
Operation Lüttich in early August. The end came in mid August when the German Army was encircled and trapped in the Falaise pocket, including the 1 SS Leibstandarte, 10 SS Frundsberg and 12 SS Hitlerjugend and the 17 SS Götz von Berlichingen, while the 2 SS Das Reich and the 9 SS Hohenstaufen were ordered to attack Hill 262
Hill 262 from the outside in order to keep the gap open. By 22 August, the Falaise pocket had been closed, and all German forces west of the Allied lines were dead or in captivity. In the fighting around Hill 262 alone, casualties totalled 2,000 killed and 5,000 taken prisoner. The 12 SS Hitlerjugend had lost 94 per cent of its armour, nearly all of its artillery, and 70 per cent of its vehicles. The division had close to 20,000 men and 150 tanks before the campaign started, and was now reduced to 300 men and 10 tanks.
12 SS Hitlerjugend troops taken prisoner in Normandy
With the German Army in full retreat, two further
Waffen-SS formations entered the battle in France, the SS Panzergrenadier
Brigade 49 and the SS Panzergrenadier
Brigade 51. Both had been formed in June 1944 from staff and students at the SS-Junkerschule. They were stationed in Denmark to allow the garrison there to move into France, but were brought forward at the beginning of August to the area south and east of Paris. Both Brigades were tasked to hold crossings over the Seine River allowing the army to retreat. Eventually, they were forced back and then withdrew, the surviving troops being incorporated into the 17 SS Götz von Berlichingen.
While the bulk of the
Waffen-SS was now on the Eastern Front or in Normandy, the 4th SS Polizei Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier Division was stationed in Greece
Greece on internal security duties and anti-partisan operations. On 10 June, they committed the Distomo massacre, when over a period of two hours they went door to door and massacred Greek civilians, reportedly in revenge for a Greek Resistance
Greek Resistance attack. In total, 218 men, women and children were killed. According to survivors, the SS forces "bayoneted babies in their cribs, stabbed pregnant women, and beheaded the village priest."
On the Italian Front, the 1
6 SS Reichsführer-SS, conducting anti-partisan operations, is remembered more for the atrocities it perpetrated than its fighting ability: it committed the Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre in August 1944 and the Marzabotto massacre between September and October 1944.
In Finland, the
6 SS Nord had held its lines during the Soviet summer offensive until it was ordered to withdraw from Finland
Finland upon the conclusion of an armistice between Finland
Finland and the Soviet Union in September 1944. It then formed the rear guard for the three German corps withdrawing from Finland
Finland in Operation Birch, and from September to November 1944 marched 1,600 kilometres to Mo i Rana, Norway, where it entrained for the southern end of the country, crossing the Skagerrak
Skagerrak to Denmark.
Arnhem and Operation Market Garden In early September 1944, the II SS Panzer Corps (9 SS Hohenstaufen and 10 SS Frundberg) were pulled out of the line and sent to the Arnhem area in the Netherlands. Upon arrival, they began the task of refitting, and the majority of the remaining armoured vehicles were loaded onto trains in preparation for transport to repair depots in Germany. On Sunday 17 September 1944, the Allies launched Operation Market Garden, and the British 1st Airborne Division
1st Airborne Division was dropped in Oosterbeek, to the west of Arnhem. Realizing the threat, Wilhelm Bittrich, commander of II SS Panzer Corps, ordered Hohenstaufen and Frundsberg to ready themselves for combat. Also in the area was the Training and Reserve Battalion, 16th SS Division Reichsführer-SS. The Allied airborne operation was a failure, and Arnhem
Arnhem was not liberated until 14 April 1945.
Warsaw Uprising Ruins of Warsaw's old town market square. In total, eighty-five percent of the city was destroyed and nearly 200,000 civilians killed. At the other end of Europe, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS was dealing with the Warsaw Uprising. Between August and October 1944, the Dirlewanger Brigade (recruited from criminals and the mentally ill throughout Germany) and the S.S. Sturmbrigade R.O.N.A.
S.S. Sturmbrigade R.O.N.A. Russkaya Osvoboditelnaya Narodnaya Armiya (Russian National Liberation Army), which was made up of ethnic Russian collaborators, were both sent to Warsaw
Warsaw to put down the uprising. During the battle, the Dirlewanger behaved atrociously, raping, looting, and killing citizens of Warsaw regardless of whether they belonged to the Polish resistance or not; the unit commander SS-Oberführer Oskar Dirlewanger
Oskar Dirlewanger encouraged their excesses. The unit's behaviour was reportedly so bestial and indiscriminate that Himmler was forced to send a battalion of SS military police to ensure the Dirlewanger convicts did not turn their aggressions against the leadership of the brigade or other nearby German units. At the same time, they were encouraged by Himmler to terrorise freely, take no prisoners, and generally indulge their perverse tendencies. Favoured tactics of the Dirlewanger men during the siege reportedly included the ubiquitous gang rape of female Poles, both women and children; playing "bayonet catch" with live babies; and torturing captives to death by hacking off their arms, dousing them with gasoline, and setting them alight to run armless and flaming down the street. The Dirlewanger brigade committed almost non-stop atrocities during this period, in particular the four-day Wola
Photo taken by the Polish Underground showing the bodies of women
and children murdered by SS troops in
Warsaw Uprising, August 1944 The other unit, Waffen-Sturm- Brigade
Brigade R.O.N.A., was tasked with clearing the Ochota
Ochota district in Warsaw
Warsaw that was defended by members of the Polish Home Army. Their attack was planned for the morning of 5 August, but when the time came, the RONA unit could not be found; after some searching by the SS military police, members of the unit were found looting abandoned houses in the rear of the German column. Later, thousands of Polish civilians were killed by the RONA SS men during the events known as the Ochota
Ochota massacre; many victims were also raped.[b][c] In the following weeks, the RONA unit was moved south to the Wola
Wola district, but it fared no better in combat there than it did in Ochota; in one incident, a sub-unit of the RONA brigade advanced to loot a captured building on the front line, but was subsequently cut off from the rest of the SS formation and wiped out by the Poles. Following the fiasco, SS- Brigadeführer
Brigadeführer Bronislav Vladislavovich Kaminski, the unit's commander, was called to Łódź to attend a SS leadership conference. He never arrived; official Nazi sources blamed Polish partisans for an alleged ambush that killed the RONA commander. But, according to various other sources, he was arrested and tried by the SS, or simply shot on the spot by the Gestapo. The behaviour of the RONA during the battle was an embarrassment even to the SS, and the alleged rape and murder of two German Strength Through Joy
Strength Through Joy girls may have played a part in the eventual execution of the brigade's commander.
Vistula River line In late August 1944, 5 SS Wiking was ordered back to Modlin on the Vistula River
Vistula River line near Warsaw, where it was to join the newly formed Army Group Vistula. Fighting alongside the Luftwaffe's Fallschirm-Panzer Division 1 Hermann Göring, they annihilated the Soviet 3rd Tank Corps. The advent of the Warsaw Uprising
Warsaw Uprising brought the Soviet offensive to a halt, and relative peace fell on the front line. The division remained in the Modlin area for the rest of the year, grouped with the 3 SS Totenkopf in the IV SS Panzer Corps. Heavy defensive battles around Modlin followed for the rest of the year. Together, they helped force the Red Army
Red Army out of Warsaw
Warsaw and back across the Vistula River[dubious – discuss], where the Front stabilised until January 1945.
Ardennes Offensive Kampfgruppe
Kampfgruppe Knittel's troops on the road to Stavelot
Stavelot to support Peiper The Ardennes
Ardennes Offensive or "Battle of the Bulge", between 16 December 1944 and 25 January 1945, was a major German offensive through the forested Ardennes
Ardennes Mountains region of Belgium. The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS units included the 6th Panzer Army under Sepp Dietrich. Created on 26 October 1944, it incorporated the I SS Panzer Corps
I SS Panzer Corps (1 SS Leibstandarte, the 12 SS Hitlerjugend and the SS Heavy Panzer Battalion 101). It also had the II SS Panzer Corps (2 SS Das Reich and the 9 SS Hohenstaufen). Another unit involved was Otto Skorzeny's SS Panzer Brigade
Brigade 150. The purpose of the attack was to split the British and American line in half, capture Antwerp, and encircle and destroy four Allied armies, forcing the Western Allies to negotiate a peace treaty on terms favourable to the Axis Powers. However, advancing through the forests and wooded hills of the Ardennes
Ardennes proved difficult in the winter weather. Initially, the Germans made good progress in the northern end of its advance. However, they ran into unexpectedly strong resistance by the U.S. 2nd and 99th Infantry
Infantry Divisions. By 23 December, weather conditions started improving, allowing the Allied air forces, which had been grounded, to attack. In increasingly difficult conditions, the German advance slowed. The attack was ultimately a failure. Despite the efforts of the Waffen-SS and the German Army, the fuel shortages, stiff American resistance, including in and around the town of Bastogne and Allied air-assaults on German supply columns proved too much, costing the Germans 700 tanks and most of their remaining mobile forces in the west. Hitler's failed counteroffensive had used most of Germany's remaining reserves of manpower and materiel, which could not be replaced.
Aftermath of the
Malmedy Massacre During the battle, Kampfgruppe
Kampfgruppe Peiper, part of the 1 SS
1 SS Leibstandarte, left a path of destruction, which included Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS men murdering American POWs and unarmed Belgian civilians. It is infamous for the Malmedy
Malmedy massacre, in which approximately 90 unarmed American prisoners of war were murdered on 17 December 1944. Also during this battle, 3./SS-PzAA1 LSSAH captured and shot eleven African-American soldiers from the American 333rd Artillery Battalion in the hamlet of Wereth. Their remains were found by Allied troops two months later. The soldiers had their fingers cut off and legs broken, and one was shot while trying to bandage a comrade's wounds.
Siege of Budapest
In late December 1944, the Axis forces, including IX Waffen Mountain
Corps of the SS (Croatian), defending Budapest, were encircled in the
Siege of Budapest. The
IV SS Panzer Corps (3 SS Totenkopf and 5 SS
Wiking) was ordered south to join Hermann Balck's 6th Army (Army Group
Balck), which was mustering for a relief effort code named Operation
As a part of
Operation Konrad I, the
IV SS Panzer Corps was committed
to action on 1 January 1945, near Tata, with the advance columns of
Wiking slamming into the Soviet 4th Guards Army. A heavy battle
ensued, with the 5 SS Wiking and 3 SS Totenkopf destroying many of the
Soviet tanks. In three days their panzer spearheads had driven 45
kilometres, over half the distance from the start point to Budapest.
Red Army manoeuvred forces to block the advance, halting them at Bicske, 28 kilometres (17 mi) from Budapest. Two further attacks, Operations Konrad II and III, also failed. The Hungarian Third Army was besieged in Budapest
Budapest along with the IX Waffen Mountain Corps of the SS (Croatian) (8 SS Florian Geyer and 22 SS Maria Theresia). The siege lasted from 29 December 1944 until the city surrendered unconditionally on 13 February 1945. Only 170 men of the 22 SS Maria Theresia made it back to the German lines.
Waffen-SS continued to expand in 1945. January saw the 32nd SS Volunteer Grenadier Division 30 Januar formed from the remnants of other units and staff from the SS-Junkerschules. In February, the Waffen-Grenadier- Brigade
Brigade der SS "Charlemagne" was upgraded to a division and became known as the 33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French). At this time, it had a strength of 7,340 men. The SS Volunteer Grenadier- Brigade
Brigade Landstorm Nederland was upgraded to the 34th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland. The second SS Police division followed when the 35th SS and Police Grenadier Division was formed from SS Police units that had been transferred to the Waffen-SS. The Dirlewanger Brigade was reformed as the 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS. As there was now a real shortage of Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS volunteers and conscripts, units from the army were attached to bring it up to strength. The third SS Cavalry
Cavalry division 37th SS Volunteer Cavalry
Cavalry Division Lützow was formed from the remnants of the 8 SS Florian Geyer and 22 SS Maria Theresia, which had both been virtually destroyed. The last Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS division was the 38th SS Division Nibelungen, which was formed from students and staff from the SS-Junkerschule, but consisted of only around 6,000 men, the strength of a normal brigade.
Operation Nordwind was the last major German offensive on the Western Front. It began on 1 January 1945 in Alsace
Alsace and Lorraine in north-eastern France, and it ended on 25 January. The initial attack was conducted by three Corps of the 1st Army. By 15 January, at least 17 German divisions (including units in the Colmar Pocket) were engaged, including the XIII SS Army Corps (17 SS Götz von Berlichingen and 38 SS Nibelungen) and the 6 SS
6 SS Nord and 10 SS Frundsberg. At the same time, the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe mounted a large offensive over the skies of France. Some 240 fighters were lost and just as many pilots. It was the 'last gasp' attempt for the Luftwaffe
Luftwaffe to take back air supremacy from the western allies.
Operation Solstice, or the "Stargard Tank Battle" (February 1945) was
one of the last armoured offensive operations on the Eastern Front. It
was a limited counter-attack by the three Corps of the Eleventh SS
Panzer Army, which was being assembled in Pomerania, against the
spearheads of the 1st Belorussian Front. Originally planned as a major
offensive, it was executed as a more limited attack. It was repulsed
by the Red Army, but helped to convince the Soviet High Command to
postpone the planned attack on Berlin.
Initially, the attack achieved a total surprise, reaching the banks of
Ina River and, on 17 January, Arnswalde. Strong Soviet counter-attacks halted the advance, and the operation was called off. The III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps, was pulled back to the Stargard and Stettin
Stettin on the northern Oder River.
East Pomeranian Offensive
East Pomeranian Offensive
East Pomeranian Offensive lasted from 24 February to 4 April, in Pomerania
Pomerania and West Prussia. The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS units involved were the 11 SS Nordland, 20 SS Estonian, 23 SS Nederland, 27 SS Langemark, 28 SS Wallonien, all in the III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps, and the X SS Corps, which did not command any SS units. In March 1945, the X SS Corps was encircled by the 1st Guards Tank Army, 3rd Shock Army, and the Polish 1st Army in the area of Dramburg. This pocket was destroyed by the Red Army
Red Army on 7 March 1945. On 8 March 1945, the Soviet forces announced the capture of General Krappe and 8,000 men of the X SS Corps.
Operation Spring Awakening German units during the Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton Offensive, March 1945 After the Ardennes
Ardennes offensive failed, in Hitler's estimation, the Nagykanizsa oilfields southwest of Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton were the most strategically valuable reserves on the Eastern Front. The SS Divisions were pulled out and refitted in Germany in preparation for Operation Spring
Operation Spring Awakening (Frühlingserwachsen). Hitler ordered Dietrich's 6th SS Panzer Army to take the lead and move to Hungary
Hungary in order to protect the oilfields and refineries there. The 6th SS Panzer Army was made up of the I SS Panzer Corps
I SS Panzer Corps (1 SS Leibstandarte and 12 SS Hitlerjugend) and the II SS Panzer Corps (2 SS Das Reich and the 10 SS Frundsberg). Also present but not part of the 6th SS Panzer Army was the IV SS Panzer Corps (3 SS Totenkopf and 5 SS Wiking). This final German offensive in the east began on 6 March. The German forces attacked near Lake Balaton
Lake Balaton with the Sixth SS Panzer Army advancing northwards towards Budapest
Budapest and the 2nd Panzer Army moving eastwards and south. Dietrich's army made "good progress" at first, but as they drew near the Danube, the combination of the muddy terrain and strong resistance of the Soviet forces ground them to a halt. The overwhelming numerical superiority of the Red Army
Red Army made any defence impossible, yet Hitler somehow had believed victory was attainable. After Operation Spring
Operation Spring Awakening, the 6th SS Panzer Army withdrew towards Vienna
Vienna and was involved what became known as the Vienna Offensive. The only major force to face the attacking Red Army
Red Army was the II SS Panzer Corps (2 SS Das Reich and 3 SS Totenkopf), under the command of Wilhelm Bittrich, along with ad hoc forces made up of garrison and anti-aircraft units. Vienna
Vienna fell to the Soviet forces on 13 April. Bittrich's II SS Panzer Corps had pulled out to the west that evening to avoid encirclement. The LSSAH retreated westward with less than 1,600 men and 16 tanks remaining. This failure is famous for the "armband order" that followed. The order was issued to the Sixth SS Panzer Army commander Sepp Dietrich by Adolf Hitler, who claimed that the troops, and more importantly, the 1 SS
1 SS Leibstandarte, "did not fight as the situation demanded". As a mark of disgrace, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS units involved in the battle were ordered to remove their distinctive cuff titles. Dietrich did not relay the order to his troops.
Army Group Vistula
Army Group Vistula was formed in 1945 to protect Berlin
Berlin from the advancing Red Army. It fought in the Battle of the Seelow Heights (16–19 April) and the Battle of Halbe
Battle of Halbe (21 April – 1 May), both part of the Battle of Berlin. The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS was represented by the III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps. On 23 April, Brigadeführer
Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke
Wilhelm Mohnke was appointed by Hitler as Battle Commander for the centre government district (Zitadelle sector), which included the Reich Chancellery
Reich Chancellery and Führerbunker. Mohnke's command post was in the bunkers under the Reich Chancellery. He formed Kampfgruppe
Kampfgruppe Mohnke (Battle Group Mohnke), divided into two weak regiments. It was made up of the LSSAH Flak Company, replacements from LSSAH Training and Reserve Battalion from Spreenhagan (under Standartenfuhrer Anhalt), 600 men from the Begleit-Bataillon Reichsführer-SS, the Führer-Begleit-Company, and the core group—800 men of the LSSAH Guard Battalion assigned to guard the Führer. On 23 April, the Reich Chancellery
Reich Chancellery ordered Brigadeführer
Brigadeführer Gustav Krukenberg to proceed to Berlin
Berlin with his men, who were reorganised as Sturmbataillon ("assault battalion") "Charlemagne". Between 320 and 330 French troops arrived in Berlin
Berlin on 24 April after a long detour to avoid Soviet advance columns. Krukenberg was also appointed the commander of (Berlin) Defence Sector C. This included the Nordland Division, whose previous commander, Joachim Ziegler, was relieved of command the same day. On 27 April, after a futile defence, the remnants of Nordland were pushed back into the centre government district (Zitadelle sector) in Defence sector Z. There Krukenberg's Nordland headquarters was a carriage in the Stadtmitte U-Bahn station. The men of Nordland were now under Mohnke's overall command. Among the men were French, Latvian, and Scandinavian Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS troops. A heavy artillery bombardment of the centre government district had begun on 20 April 1945 and lasted until the end of hostilities. Under the intense shelling, the SS troops put up stiff resistance which led to bitter and bloody street fighting with the Soviet Red Army forces. By 26 April, the Nordland defenders were pushed back into the Reichstag and Reich Chancellery. There, over the next few days, the survivors (mainly French SS troops from the former 33 SS Charlemagne) fought in vain against the Soviet army forces.
Himmler's corpse after his suicide, May 1945
On 30 April, after receiving news of Hitler's suicide, orders were
issued that those who could do so were to break out. Prior to the
break-out, Mohnke briefed all commanders that could be reached within
the Zitadelle sector about Hitler's death and the planned
break-out. The break out started at 2300 hours on 1 May.
There were ten main groups that attempted to head northwest towards
Mecklenburg. Fierce fighting continued all around, especially in the
Weidendammer Bridge area. What was left of the 1 1 SS
1 SS Nordland under Brigadeführer
Brigadeführer Krukenberg fought hard in that area, but the Soviet artillery, anti-tank guns and tanks destroyed the groups. Several very small groups managed to reach the Americans at the Elbe's west bank, but most, including Mohnke's group, could not make it through the Soviet rings. Himmler fled and attempted to go into hiding. Using a forged paybook under the name of Sergeant Heinrich Hitzinger, he fled south on 11 May to Friedrichskoog. On 21 May, Himmler and two aides were detained at a checkpoint set up by former Soviet POWs and then handed over to the British Army. On 23 May, after admitting his real identity, a doctor attempted to examine him. However, Himmler bit into a hidden cyanide pill and collapsed onto the floor. He was dead within 15 minutes.
Further information: List of
Waffen-SS units All divisions in the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS were ordered in a single series of numbers as formed, regardless of type. A total of 38 were formed, beginning with the initial three in 1933 and ramping up to nine alone in 1945. Those tagged with nationalities were at least nominally recruited from those nationalities. Many of the late-formed higher-numbered units were in fact small battlegroups (Kampfgruppen), and divisions in name only.
Josef "Sepp" Dietrich, a former army sergeant with a peasant
background, commanded the forerunner of the Waffen-SS, the
Sonderkommando Berlin. He would command the Leibstandarte SS Adolf
Hitler from its inception to regiment, brigade, and division. He was
then given command of the
I SS Panzer Corps
I SS Panzer Corps and by the end of the war was the commander of the 6th SS Panzer Army. Paul Hausser, a former general in the regular army, was chosen by Himmler to transform the SS-VT into a credible military organisation. He was the first divisional commander of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS when the SS-VT was formed into a division for the Battle of France. He went on to command the II SS Panzer Corps and the 7th Army. Artur Phleps, a former Romanian general who joined the Waffen-SS, raised and commanded the 7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen then rose to command the V SS Mountain Corps which fought the Yugoslav Partisans. Felix Steiner, another former army officer and veteran of World War I. He was given command of the SS Regiment
Regiment Deutschland. He is credited with the creation of small mobile battle groups. He armed his men with submachine guns and grenades instead of rifles and issued camouflage clothing. He commanded the SS Division Wiking and the III (Germanic) SS Panzer Corps. Casualties Military historian Rüdiger Overmans estimates that the Waffen-SS suffered 314,000 dead. Casualty rates were not significantly higher than in the Wehrmacht overall and were comparable to those among the armoured divisions of the army and the Luftwaffe paratroop formations.
SS men round up
Jews for deportation to a death camp during the Warsaw Ghetto
Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The Allgemeine SS
Allgemeine SS was responsible for the administration of both the concentration and extermination camps. Many members of it and the SS-Totenkopfverbände
SS-Totenkopfverbände subsequently became members of the Waffen-SS, forming the initial core of the 3rd SS Totenkopf Division. A number of SS medical personnel who were members of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS were convicted of crimes during the "Doctors' trials" in Nuremberg, held between 1946 and 1947 for the Nazi human experimentation
Nazi human experimentation they performed at the camps.
Stefan Baretzki (right), a Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS soldier, participates in a selection at Auschwitz concentration camp
Auschwitz concentration camp According to the Modern Genocide: The Definitive Resource and Document Collection, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS had played a "paramount role" in the ideological war of extermination (Vernichtungskrieg), and not just as frontline or rear area security formations: a third of the Einsatzgruppen
Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing squads) members which were responsible for mass murder, especially of Jews, Slavs and communists, had been recruited from Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS personnel prior to the invasion of the Soviet Union. The Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS construction office built the gas chambers at Auschwitz, and, according to Rudolf Hoss, about 7,000 served as guards at that camp. Many Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS members and units were responsible for war crimes against civilians and allied servicemen. After the war the SS organisation as a whole was held to be a criminal organisation by the post-war German government. Formations such as the Dirlewanger and Kaminski Brigades were singled out, and many others participated in large-scale massacres or smaller-scale killings such as murder of 34 captured allied servicemen ordered by Josef Kieffer during Operation Bulbasket
Operation Bulbasket in 1944, the Houtman affair, or murders perpetrated by Heinrich Boere. The listed Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS units were responsible for the following massacres:
Wormhoudt massacre by SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, 1940, France Le Paradis massacre
Le Paradis massacre by SS Division Totenkopf, 1940, France Pripyat swamps (punitive operation) by the SS Cavalry
Cavalry Brigade, 1941, USSR Ascq massacre
Ascq massacre by 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, 1944, France Tulle massacre
Tulle massacre by SS Division Das Reich, 1944, France Oradour-sur-Glane
Oradour-sur-Glane massacre by SS Division Das Reich, 1944, France Ochota
Ochota massacre by SS Kaminski Brigade, 1944, Poland Wola massacre
Wola massacre by SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger, 1944, Poland Huta Pieniacka massacre
Huta Pieniacka massacre by SS Division Galicia 1944, Poland Burned out cars and buildings still litter the remains of the original village in Oradour-sur-Glane, as left by Das Reich SS division Graignes Massacre by SS Division Götz von Berlichingen, 1944, France Maillé massacre, also by SS Division Götz von Berlichingen, 1944, France Marzabotto massacre
Marzabotto massacre by 16th SS Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier Division Reichsführer-SS, 1944, Italy Malmedy massacre
Malmedy massacre by Kampfgruppe
Kampfgruppe Peiper, part of 1st SS Panzer Division, 1944, Belgium Ardeatine massacre
Ardeatine massacre by two SS officers, 1944, Italy Distomo massacre
Distomo massacre by 4th SS Polizei Division, 1944, Greece Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre
Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre by 16th SS Panzergrenadier
Panzergrenadier Division Reichsführer-SS, 1944, Italy Ardenne Abbey massacre
Ardenne Abbey massacre by 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, 1944, France The linking of the SS-VT with the SS-Totenkopfverbände
SS-Totenkopfverbände (SS-TV) in 1938 raised important questions about Waffen-SS criminality, since the SS-TV were already responsible for the imprisonment, torture, and murder of Jews
Jews and other political opponents through providing the personnel for manning the concentration camps. Their leader, Theodor Eicke, who was the commandant of Dachau, inspector of the camps, and murderer of Ernst Röhm, later became the commander of the 3rd SS Totenkopf Division. With the invasion of Poland, the Totenkopfverbände troops were called on to carry out so-called "police and security measures" in rear areas. What these measures entailed is demonstrated by the record of SS Totenkopf Standarte Brandenburg. It arrived in Włocławek
Włocławek on 22 September 1939 and embarked on a four-day " Jewish
Jewish action" that included the burning of synagogues and the execution en masse of the leaders of the Jewish community. On 29 September the Standarte travelled to Bydgoszcz
Bydgoszcz to conduct an "intelligentsia action". Approximately 800 Polish civilians and what the Sicherheitsdienst
Sicherheitsdienst (SD) termed "potential resistance leaders" were killed. Later the formation became the 3rd SS Panzer Division Totenkopf, but from the start they were among the first executors of a policy of systematic extermination.
Belgian civilians killed by German units during the Battle of the
Waffen-SS formations were found guilty of war crimes, especially in the opening and closing phases of the war. In addition to documented atrocities, Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS units assisted in rounding up Eastern European Jews
Jews for deportation and utilised scorched earth tactics during rear security operations. Some Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS personnel convalesced at concentration camps, from which they were drawn, by serving guard duties. Other members of the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS were more directly involved in genocide. The end of the war saw a number of war crime trials, including the Malmedy massacre
Malmedy massacre trial. The counts of indictment related to the massacre of more than 300 American prisoners in the vicinity of Malmedy, between 16 December 1944 and 13 January 1945, and the massacre of 100 Belgian civilians mainly in the vicinity of Stavelot. During the Nuremberg Trials, the Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS was declared a criminal organisation for its major involvement in war crimes and for being an "integral part" of the SS. An exception was made for conscripts who were not given a choice in joining the ranks, and had not committed "such crimes". They were determined to be exempt.
Waffen-SS veterans in post-war Germany Main article: Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS veterans in post-war Germany Traditional group " HIAG
HIAG Ostsachsen" at the Ulrichsberg gathering
Ulrichsberg gathering in 2003 Waffen-SS veterans in post-war Germany played a large role, through publications and political pressure, in the efforts to rehabilitate the reputation of the Waffen-SS, which had committed many war crimes during World War II. High ranking German politicians such as Konrad Adenauer, Franz Josef Strauss
Franz Josef Strauss and Kurt Schumacher
Kurt Schumacher courted former Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS members and their veteran organisation, HIAG, in an effort to tap into the voter potential. The first two, went as far as assisting the organisation in attempts to remove and acquit their organisation of blame and deflect the blame for war crimes onto the other branches of the SS. A small number of veterans served in the new German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, something that raised national and international unease in regards to how it would affect the democratic nature of the new army. SS Major General Heinz Lammerding, who commanded the SS Division Das Reich that perpetrated the Tulle and the Oradour-sur-Glane
Oradour-sur-Glane massacres in occupied France, died in 1971, following a successful business career in West Germany. The West German government refused to extradite him to France. A historical review in Germany of the impact of Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS veterans in post-war German society continues, and a number of books on the subject have been published in recent years. Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS veterans have received pensions (West Germany's War Victims' Assistance Act, or the "Bundesversorgungsgesetz") from the German government. According to The Times of Israel, "The benefits come through the Federal Pension Act, which was passed in 1950 to support war victims, whether civilians or veterans of the Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS." On 22 June 2005, the Italian military court in La Spezia
La Spezia found ten former Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS officers and NCOs living in Germany guilty of participation in the Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre
Sant'Anna di Stazzema massacre and sentenced them in absentia to life imprisonment. However, extradition requests from Italy
Italy were rejected by Germany.
See also: Remembrance day of the Latvian legionnaires
The annual event held in the village of Sinimäe, Estonia, to honor
veterans of the Estonian 20th Waffen SS Grenadier Division, 2009
Latvian Legion veterans started commemorating Legionnaire Day (Leģionāru diena) in Latvia. On 21 February 2012, The Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance published its report on Latvia
Latvia (fourth monitoring cycle), in which it condemned commemorations of persons who fought in the Waffen-SS. A gathering of Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS veterans takes place every year in the village of Sinimäe in Estonia.
HIAG lobby group Main article: HIAG HIAG
HIAG (German: Hilfsgemeinschaft auf Gegenseitigkeit der Angehörigen der ehemaligen Waffen-SS, literally "Mutual aid association of former Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS members") was a lobby group and a revisionist veterans' organisation founded by former high-ranking Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS personnel in West Germany
West Germany in 1951. It campaigned for the legal, economic and historical rehabilitation of the Waffen-SS, using contacts with political parties to manipulate them for its purposes. Kurt Meyer, a convicted war criminal, was HIAG's most effective spokesperson. HIAG's historical revisionism encompassed multi-prong propaganda efforts, including periodicals, books and public speeches, alongside a publishing house that served as a platform for its publicity aims. This extensive body of work – 57 book titles and more than 50 years of monthly periodicals – have been described by historians as revisionist apologia: [a] "chorus of self-justification"; "crucible of historical revisionism"; "false" and "outrageous" claims; "most important works of [Waffen-SS] apologist literature" (in reference to books by Hausser and Steiner); and "exculpating multi-volume chronicle" (in reference to the history of the SS Division Leibstandarte). Always in touch with its Nazi past, HIAG
HIAG was a subject of significant controversy, both in West Germany
West Germany and abroad, since its founding. The organisation drifted into right-wing extremism in its later history. It was disbanded in 1992 at the federal level, but local groups, along with the organisation's monthly periodical, continued to exist at least into the 2000s. While the HIAG
HIAG leadership only partially achieved the goals of legal and economic rehabilitation of Waffen-SS, falling short of their "extravagant fantasies about [Waffen-SS's] past and future", HIAG's propaganda efforts have led to a reshaping of the image of Waffen-SS
Waffen-SS in popular culture. The results are still felt, with scholarly works being drowned out by a "veritable avalanche of titles", including amateur historical studies, memoirs, picture books, websites, and wargames.
German war crimes
Glossary of Nazi Germany
List of Knight's Cross recipients of the Waffen-SS
List of SS personnel
Waffen-SS units Signal Corps of the Wehrmacht and Waffen SS SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers SS and Police Leader Table of ranks and insignia of the Waffen-SS Uniforms and insignia of the Schutzstaffel Explanatory notes
^ Equivalent to a full general. The independence of the LSSAH can be partly explained by Dietrich's rank, as well as his personal friendship with Hitler.
Adolf Hitler is not interested in further existence of Warsaw ... the whole population shall be executed and all buildings blown up." Madajczyk 1972, p. 390.
^ According to the evidence of
Erich von dem Bach
Erich von dem Bach in Nürnberg, Himmler's order (issued on the strength of an order of Hitler), read as follows: "1. Caught razed insurgents shall be killed despite whether they fight in accordance with the Hague
Hague Convention or they infringe it. 2. Non-fighting part of population, women, children, shall also be killed. 3. All the city shall be razed to the ground, i.e. buildings, streets, facilities in that city, and everything which is within its borders." Wroniszewski 1970, pp. 128–129.
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