Waffen-SS

Waffen-SS 1944-45

Germany Personnel Waffen-SS 9 Min Read

  But what the regime increasingly required was a military force that fought out of fanatical National Socialist commitment. This was in fact available, in the shape of the Military SS (Waffen-SS). Its history went back to the early days of the Third Reich, when Hitler had formed an armed personal bodyguard, which later became the so-called ‘Adolf Hitler Personal…

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German Units Waffen-SS 20 Min Read

Waffen-SS “Wiking” Division at Korsun

Wiking Waffen SS Division breaks out Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket.   Following Soviet attacks in the middle of December out of their bridgeheads south of Krementschug and at Tscherkassy, whereby the city of Tscherkassy also fell, they launched a large-scale offensive from out of the Kiev area during the last few days…

Germany History Waffen-SS 11 Min Read

The Sylwester offensives

The main Nordwind attack by the 17. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division in the Saar Valley went badly from the start. On January 5, 1945, a few of the monstrous Jagdtigers from schwere-Panzerjager-Abteilung 654, accompanied by a captured M4 medium tank, supported the attack near Rimling. An M36 90mm GMC from the 776th Tank…

German Units SS Volkssturm Waffen-SS 21 Min Read

The State of the German Forces Late 1944

The German Army suffered from a catastrophic shortage of replacements ever since it had gone to war in Russia, but particularly from 1944 onwards.  That the army had come to this state was in part a response to the failed attempt on Hitler’s life in July 1944, but also due…

Armies Personnel Waffen-SS 13 Min Read

THE RHODESIAN SECURITY FORCES II

Army The cutting edge of the Rhodesian security forces was provided by the regular units of the army, and they assumed the status of a strategic reserve-cum-shock force in the late 1970s. All the regular units expanded considerably during the war and came to absorb portions of the periodic national…

Cossack Waffen-SS 6 Min Read

Cossacks WWII

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Armies German Units Waffen-SS 8 Min Read

The SS-Wiking in Hungary

Waffen SS “Wiking” Kampfgruppe “Darges” with the commander of the Hungarian forces at the entrance of the Mountain Castle 8th of January 1945. Fritz Vogt and Fritz Darges in Front of Hegykastely Castle, January 1945. Officers from I.Abteilung/SS-Panzer-Regiment 5 “Wiking” and I.Bataillon/SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 23 “Norge” posed together for the camera in…

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Waffen-SS “Wiking” Division at Korsun

Wiking Waffen SS Division breaks out Korsun-Cherkassy Pocket.   Following Soviet attacks in the middle…

The Sylwester offensives

The main Nordwind attack by the 17. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division in the Saar Valley went badly from…

THE RHODESIAN SECURITY FORCES II

Army The cutting edge of the Rhodesian security forces was provided by the regular units…

The State of the German Forces Late 1944

The German Army suffered from a catastrophic shortage of replacements ever since it had gone…