Waffen-SS

RESISTANCE…

Cossack Military and Naval Waffen-SS 4 Min Read

A generic term for partisans and intelligence agents actively opposed to Axis occupation. Winston Churchill initially placed great hopes in local resistance to Nazi occupation, but this rarely materialized in the West. For instance, in Belgium the main emphasis was on providing intelligence to the Western Allies and aiding downed pilots and crews, not on occasional shootings of Wehrmacht or…

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Hitler’s Boy Soldiers in Normandy Part II

The Germans were now forced to commit their last reserves to stem the tide, but on June 27, the British advance resumed. The Commonwealth soldiers managed to capture Hill 112 the next day. The Germans clung on for a while but then withdrew, and by the 29th the British had…

Volkssturm Waffen-SS 11 Min Read

VOLKSSTURM I

Soldiers of the Volkssturm man a trench system in the late months of the war, armed mainly with World War l-vintage rifles. The price paid by the Volkssturm for their last-ditch defence of the Reich is unclear, but the number of those killed or captured would potentially reach 175,000. The…

Waffen-SS 3 Min Read

12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend -training

The 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend went into battle for the first time in Normandy, but gave a good account of itself as the scourge of Canadian arms throughout the Normandy campaign. Derisively called a baby division with a milk-bottle badge by a disparaging Allied press, the division had been…

Volkssturm Waffen-SS 11 Min Read

Volkssturm

In his new capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Replacement Army, Himmler was able to extend his policing powers to the military sphere. Hitler gave him full authority to ‘establish order’ in the areas behind the fighting zone and sent him, at the beginning of September, to the western border region…

German Units Waffen-SS 8 Min Read

German Units identified at the Battle of Berlin. April-May 1945.

56th Panzer Corps:20th Panzer Grenadier Division18th Panzer Grenadier Division9th Fallschirmjager DivisionMuncheberg Panzer Division11th SS Panzer Grenadier Division ’Nordland’15th SS Grenadier Division’Latvian No 1’ (SS Volunteers)33rd SS Grenadier Division’Charlemagne’? (SS Volunteers)Sturmgeshultz Brigades; 249, 243, Stug-Lehr-Brig.I, II, III.Guard Regiment’Grossdeutschland’ (2 Battalions)SS Chancellery Guard Battalion-this unit designated either Wachtbattalion (mot) ‘Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler’…

Germany Volkssturm Waffen-SS 15 Min Read

The Backbone of Der Deutscher Volkssturm: The Hitler Youth in WWII.

Compiled by A.M. de Quesada In order for a regime to survive time, there must be support for it in future generations. Hitler was well aware of this and planned for it. The Hitler-Jugend (Hitler Youth) was Hitler’s tool to ensure that the younger generation would be totally loyal to…

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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-Standartenführer Heinz Harmel, Regimentskommandeur in der SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division “Das Reich” erhielt vom Führer 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…