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Cossack Piracy PoW Waffen-SS 4 Min Read

In February 1945, Major Denis Hills, an officer of the British Eighth Army in Italy, was given command of a POW camp at Taranto containing 8,000 men of the 162 Turkoman Infantry Division, classified as ‘repatriates’. His charges had been conscripted into the Red Army, been captured on the Eastern Front by the Germans, and had endured starvation and cannibalism…

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German Units Waffen-SS 11 Min Read

Waffen-SS: Spontaneous, suggested or enforced enlistment?

Waffen-SS-Division – Wiking In theory, the Waffen-SS was forced because of its status to recruit only volunteers. In reality, an increasing number of men were pressured into joining the Waffen-SS during the conflict. The question is, therefore, when and by what means the SS overrode its own principles and broke…

Armies Germany Waffen-SS 9 Min Read

Waffen-SS Alibi of the Heer

Terrorizing the troops through the draconian application of military justice may well have helped keep them fighting long after they knew the war was lost. 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…

Biography Germany Waffen-SS 4 Min Read

Joachim Peiper, (1915–1976)

German Waffen-Schutzstaffel (Waffen-SS) officer. Born in Berlin on 30 January 1915, Joachim Peiper came from a military family. He was well educated and was fluent in both English and French. Peiper joined first the Hitler Youth, then the SS. Commissioned in the SS in 1936, he served on Heinrich Himmler’s…

Cossack Personnel Waffen-SS 15 Min Read

POWs – A Comparison of Treatment

The Wehrmacht or Waffen-SS took 232,000 British, Commonwealth, and American prisoners during the war, most in the course of the last year of fighting in Italy and France. The short duration in captivity of most, along with the prospect of pending Allied victory in the west, meant they enjoyed relatively…

Biography Germany Waffen-SS 6 Min Read

Waffen-SS General Felix Martin Julius Steiner

Felix Martin Julius Steiner was born on 23 May 1896 in East Prussia. His military service began shortly before the Great War with his enlistment in the German Army. He was quickly promoted to NCO, and was commissioned in January 1915, less than a year after entering the service. He…

Battle Waffen-SS 9 Min Read

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943

Part of the Final Solution-the genocide of Europe’s Jews in the Holocaust-involved the establishment of ghettos in German-occupied territories in which Jews were confined until they could be dispatched to concentration and extermination camps. The Warsaw Ghetto, within the city’s old Jewish quarter, was enclosed first by barbed wire and…

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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…

10th SS Panzer Division at the Arnhem Battles IV

SS-StandartenfĂŒhrer Heinz Harmel, Regimentskommandeur in der SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Das Reich” erhielt vom FĂŒhrer als 296. Soldat…

10th SS Panzer Division at the Arnhem Battles I

The high-level command decision provides evidence that the OKW did not anticipate any large-scale Allied…

The Sylwester offensives

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