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The Waffen-SS was the combat arm of Germany's SS. The Waffen-SS was a group of combat units composed of volunteer troops, with its members selected both for their strong personal commitment to Nazi ideology and for their approved racial heritage.

Soldiers of Waffen-SS were known for their brutality. After the war, they were denied the benefits given to other members of the armed forces due to war crimes.

Starting in 1940 with the Wiking Division, the Waffen-SS created several units of foreign volunteers. By the end of war, nearly every European nation had been represented in one Waffen-SS unit or another.

Waffen-SS in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Well known for its brutal nature and fanatical devotion to the Nazi cause, many members of the post-war German Freedom Front had been members of the Waffen-SS, including its second leader, Standartenfuehrer Joachim Peiper.

Waffen-SS in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Although they were Führer Adolf Hitler's personal bodyguard, units of the Waffen-SS joined the Wehrmacht in the winter assault through the Low Countries in the last weeks on 1938. Many in the Wehrmacht turned their noses up at the Waffen-SS, whom they derisively called the "Asphalt Soldiers". Regular Wehrmacht troopers couldn't understand the Waffen-SS rank structure, nor did they try to learn it, choosing to stay as far away from them as possible.[1]

After the second coup against Hitler failed, the Waffen-SS increased its power, and started accompanying the Wehrmacht into battle. While officially serving as an aid to the Wehrmacht, these units were also watchful for defeatists and traitors. The Waffen-SS began receiving the best rations and equipment, creating a source of tension and jealousy between them and soldiers of the Wehrmacht.[2][3]

After Hitler was assassinated by the Committee for the Salvation of the German Nation, in April, 1944[4] the Waffen-SS were part of the faction that remained loyal to the Nazi Party in the civil war that followed.[5] Ultimately, the Committee prevailed and the Waffen-SS were suppressed.[6]

See AlsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Hitler's War, pg. 131, 226, HC.
  2. Ibid., pg. 226.
  3. West and East, pg. 380.
  4. Last Orders, pgs. 299-300, HC.
  5. Ibid., pg. 309.
  6. Ibid., pg. 318.

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