Waffen-SS

‘The Most Ruthless Force?’ Reassessing the role of the Waffen SS 1933-45. Part III

German Units Waffen-SS 16 Min Read

Men of 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian) III. Combat Effectiveness. In our previous discussion we documented how a potent mixture of politics and military training produced a highly effective force which was ready to carry out the FĂŒhrer’s aims. A new quality emerged called ‘HĂ€rte’. It meant many things. Toughness in battle, fearlessness, ruthlessness in…

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Military and Naval Waffen-SS 3 Min Read

Himmler and Vlasov

On 16 September 1944 Himmler, now commander of the Reserve Army, came to an agreement with General Vlasov on the deployment of Russian troops alongside the Wehrmacht. The photograph taken afterwards showing the men shaking hands was purely for show, as in private Himmler had never concealed his contempt for…

PoW SS Waffen-SS 21 Min Read

Book Review: Propaganda und Terror in Weißrußland 1941-1944: Die deutsche “geistige” KriegsfĂŒhrung gegen Zivilbevölkerung und Partisanen.

Babette Quinkert. Propaganda und Terror in Weißrußland 1941-1944: Die deutsche “geistige” KriegsfĂŒhrung gegen Zivilbevölkerung und Partisanen. Krieg in der Geschichte. Paderborn: Schöningh Paderborn, 2008. 420 pp. EUR 58.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-3-506-76596-3. Reviewed by Jeff Rutherford (Wheeling Jesuit University)Published on H-German (March, 2010)Commissioned by Susan R. Boettcher Nazi Germany’s Battle for…

Cossack SS Ukraine Waffen-SS 40 Min Read

The Organization of the Eastern Troops, 5 May 1943

How To Use the Formation Tables BelowThe tables below provide the organization of the Eastern Troops in service of the Germany Army on 5 May 1943.  Only units known to the General der Osttruppen, the commanding officer responsible for supervising eastern troops, are presented in the tables.  The tables are…

Baltic ROA SS Ukraine Waffen-SS 14 Min Read

Book Review:An der Seite der Wehrmacht: Hitlers auslĂ€ndische Helfer beim “Kreuzzug gegen den Bolschewismus” 1941-1945.

Rolf-Dieter MĂŒller. An der Seite der Wehrmacht: Hitlers auslĂ€ndische Helfer beim “Kreuzzug gegen den Bolschewismus” 1941-1945. Berlin: Christoph Links Verlag, 2007. 280 pp. ISBN 978-3-86153-448-8; EUR 24.90 (cloth), ISBN 978-3-86153-448-8. Reviewed by Jeff Rutherford (Department of History, Wheeling Jesuit University)Published on H-German (April, 2009)Commissioned by Susan R. Boettcher A Reappraisal…

PoW ROA SS Ukraine Waffen-SS 29 Min Read

Book Review:The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization

Ray Brandon, Wendy Lower, eds. The Shoah in Ukraine: History, Testimony, Memorialization. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2008. ix + 378 pp. $35.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-35084-8. Reviewed by Jeff Rutherford (Department of History, Wheeling Jesuit University)Published on H-German (April, 2009)Commissioned by Susan R. Boettcher Perpetrators, Victims, and Memory: The Holocaust in…

SS Waffen-SS 1 Min Read

“AXIS & FOREIGN LEGION MILITARIA” – Axis & Legion Militaria

European Waffen-SS Map issued by Amtsgruppe B of the Main Office on 1 February 1945. This map illustrates cloth insignia worn by foreign volunteers in the German Armed Forces. During the early 1930s the Fascist and Nazi movements spread all over Europe. Almost each western and later eastern European country…

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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…