Waffen-SS

“Das Reich”

German Units Waffen-SS 8 Min Read

The SS-Verfügungstruppe, combat support force, or SS-VT was created in 1934 from the merger of various Nazi and right-wing paramilitary formations. Two regiments were formed, in northern Germany the SS-Standarte “Germania”, and in southern Germany SS-Standarte “Deutschland”. In Berlin-Brandenburg they were incorporated into the SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. SS-Verfügungstruppe was considered an armed wing of the General-SS and as a part…

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German Units Waffen-SS 8 Min Read

“Das Reich”

The SS-Verfügungstruppe, combat support force, or SS-VT was created in 1934 from the merger of various Nazi and right-wing paramilitary formations. Two regiments were formed, in northern Germany the SS-Standarte “Germania”, and in southern Germany SS-Standarte “Deutschland”. In Berlin-Brandenburg they were incorporated into the SS-Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler. SS-Verfügungstruppe was considered…

Battle Germany Soviet Waffen-SS 9 Min Read

‘Berlog’

The so-called “Battle of Berlin” was the last major land battle in the European theater during World War II. It was also more of a campaign to occupy central and eastern Germany than a fight over or inside the poorly defended, sprawling, smoldering wreck of the German metropolis. On one…

Germany Waffen-SS Weapons 10 Min Read

The SS and the Secret Weapons

Himmler visits the Peenemünde rocket research site, June 1943. Behind him is SS-Sturmbannfuhrer (SS-Major) Wernher von Braun in his SS uniform. In summer 1943 it looked as if the SS would succeed after all in moving beyond the hiring-out of prisoners and a modest amount of production to becoming involved…

German Units Waffen-SS 15 Min Read

12th SS Panzer Division in the Ardennes

    SS Colonel Hugo Kraas was born in Witten/the Ruhr in 1911, the eldest of seven sons. He studied to be a teacher but had to drop out and go to work when his father died. He joined the Brownshirts in 1934 and transferred to the army in 1935.…

Armies Germany Waffen-SS 11 Min Read

Neu Das Heer I

Albert Schnez as Bundeswher General. Schnez played a central part in the plan to create a secret army. Schnez was born in 1911 and served as a colonel in World War II before ascending the ranks in the Bundeswehr, which was founded in 1955. For nearly six decades, the 321-page…

Armies Germany Waffen-SS 7 Min Read

Neu Das Heer II

Reinhard Gehlen Contemporaries described Schnez as an energetic organizer, but also self-confident and aloof. He maintained contacts with the League of German Youth and its specialized organization, the Technischer Dienst (Technical Service), which were preparing themselves for a partisan war against the Soviets. The two groups, secretly funded by the…

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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…