About Pan-European Nationalism and Waffen SS Worshiping

First off, I don’t have anything against any real White Nationalists, National Socialists, Alt-Righter or Hitler Worshipper.

This information was supposed to be part of this post:

About National Socialism, Pan-European Nationalism, Waffen SS and Hitler Worshiping

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Hitler and the East

Many are LARPing about Waffen-SS as both a multi-ethnic and pan-European army.

That is the truth, with modification!  European Tier System

From Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt.

During World War II, the Waffen-SS recruited significant numbers of non-Germans, both as volunteers and conscripts. In total some 500,000 non-Germans and ethnic Germans from outside Germany, mostly from German-occupied Europe, were recruited between 1940 and 1945. The units were under the control of the SS Führungshauptamt (SS Command Main Office) beneath Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. Upon mobilization, the units’ tactical control was given to the High Command of the Armed Forces (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht).

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The Waffen-SS (Armed SS) was created as the militarized wing of the Schutzstaffel (SS; “Protective Squadron”) of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Its origins can be traced back to the selection of a group of 120 SS men in 1933 by Sepp Dietrich to form the Sonderkommando Berlin, which became the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH).

In 1934, the SS developed its own military branch, the SS-Verfügungstruppe (SS-VT), which together with the LSSAH, evolved into the Waffen-SS. Nominally under the authority of Heinrich Himmler, the Waffen-SS developed a fully militarised structure of command and operations. It grew from three regiments to over 38 divisions during World War II, serving alongside the Heer (army), while never formally being a part of it. It was Hitler’s wish that the Waffen-SS should not be integrated into either the army or the state police, instead it would remain an independent force of military-trained men at the disposal of the Führer. 

In 1934, Himmler initially set stringent requirements for recruits. They were to be German nationals who could prove their Aryan ancestry back to 1800, unmarried, and without a criminal record. Recruits had to be between the ages of 17 and 23, at least 1.74 metres (5 ft 9 in) tall (1.78 metres (5 ft 10 in) for the Leibstandarte). Recruits were required to have perfect teeth and eyesight and provide a medical certificate. By 1938, the height restrictions were relaxed, up to six dental fillings were permitted, and eyeglasses for astigmatism and mild vision correction were allowed. Once World War II commenced in Europe, the physical requirements were no longer strictly enforced.

Following the campaign in the West in 1940, Hitler authorized the enlistment of “people perceived to be of related stock”, as Himmler put it, to expand the ranks. A number of Danes, Dutch, Norwegians, Swedes and Finns volunteered to serve in the Waffen-SS under the command of German officers.

Non-Germanic units were not considered to be part of the SS directly, which still maintained its strict racial criteria; instead they were considered to be foreign nationals serving under the command of the SS. 

Recruitment began in April 1940 with the creation of two regiments: Nordland (later SS Division Nordland) and Westland (later SS Division Wiking). As they grew in numbers, the volunteers were grouped into Legions (with the size of battalion or brigade); their members included the so-called Germanic non-Germans as well as ethnic German officers originating from the occupied territories. As the war progressed, foreign volunteers and conscripts made up one half of the Waffen-SS. 

After Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa, recruits from France, Spain, Belgium (including Walloons), the territory of occupied Czechoslovakia, Hungary and the Balkans were signed on.

By February 1942, Waffen-SS recruitment in south-east Europe turned into compulsory conscription for all German minorities of military age.

From 1942 onwards, further units of non-Germanic recruits were formed. Legions were formed of men from Estonia, Latvia as well as men from Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia and Cossacks.

However, by 1943 the Waffen-SS could not longer claim overall to be an “elite” fighting force.

Recruitment and conscription based on “numerical over qualitative expansion” took place, with many of the “foreign” units being good for only rear-guard duty.

In addition by 1944, the German military began conscripting Estonians and Latvians in an effort to replenish their losses. The foreigners who served in the Waffen-SS numbered “some 500,000”, including those who were pressured into service or conscripted. 

A system of nomenclature developed to formally distinguish personnel based on their place of origin.

Germanic units would have the “SS” prefix, while non-Germanic units were designated with the “Waffen” prefix to their names.

The formations with non-German volunteers of Germanic background were officially named Freiwilligen (volunteer) (Scandinavians, Dutch, and Flemish), while the units of ethnic Germans born outside the Reich were known as Volksdeutsche and their members were from satellite countries. These were organized into independent legions and had the designation Waffen attached to their names for formal identification. In addition, the German SS Division Wiking included recruits from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Estonia throughout its history. The number of SS recruits from Sweden and Switzerland was only several hundred men.

Despite manpower shortages, the Waffen-SS was still based on the racist ideology of National Socialist German Workers’ Party, thereby ethnic Poles were specifically barred from the formations due to them being looked upon as “subhumans”, despite other Slavic groups being allowed service such as Ukranians and Byelorussians in the 39. and 40. Waffen Grenadier regiments, also supposedly considered “subhuman”. 

Foreign Waffen-SS units recruited by Germany 

Albania 

Total: 6,500 to 7,000

Belgium 

Total: 40,000 (about “evenly divided between Flemings and Walloons”)

Bulgaria 

Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia 

Independent State of Croatia 

Denmark 

Total: 6,000

Estonia

Total: 20,000

Finland 

Total: 1,180 to 3,000

France 

Total: 20,000

Hungary 

Total: 20,000

India 

Total: 2,000

Italy 

Total: 15,000

Latvia 

Total: 80,000

Netherlands 

Total: 25,000

Norway 

Total: 6,000

Romania 

Total: 50,000

Spain 

  • Spanische-Freiwilligen-Kompanie der SS 101
  • Spanische-Freiwilligen-Kompanie der SS 102

Soviet Union 

Sweden 

  • Waffen-SS abteilung Sveaborg. Other Swedes and Estonian-Swedes Waffen-SS volunteers fought in various units. Many of them were from Norrland and had fought for Finland´s sake, in 1939-40.
  • The number of Swedish SS-men is unclear, perhaps a few hundred. The Waffen-SS lacked any recruitment office inside Sweden, however some flew to occupied Norway or Denmark – or directly to Germany.

Switzerland 

Considerable numbers of German-speaking Swiss joined the SS. Of particular note was Swiss-born SS Colonel Hans Riedweg, de facto leader of the Germanische Leitstelle’s Germanic recruits. Riedweg gave a speech in 1943, criticizing the manner in which the SS handled the escape of 7,000 Danish Jews from Nazi-held territory. He and fellow Germanic volunteers from neutral Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland were stripped of leadership roles and sent to the Eastern Front, where most perished.

United Kingdom 

Total: 54

 

Hiwi (volunteer)

Read about WWII here

Germanic People

The Danish view on non-Germanic soldiers

In the spring of 1943 there was a great reorganization and expansion of the Waffen-SS. Many Waffen-SS units were dismantled and many new ones were created. One of the abandoned units was the Free Corps Denmark, and many of the Northern and Western European volunteers were now officially inaugurated in the Waffen-SS as they were to be included in new units. The Danish, Norwegian and Dutch volunteers who had been in their three legions were now gathered in the so-called “III. Germanian Panzer Corps “. This corps was to contain 2 divisions: Division Wiking and a newly created division, Division Nordland.

Division Nordland was to be constructed in such a way that the Regiment Nordland, which until then had been part of Division Wiking, should be the backbone of the division, while the Norwegians were transferred to 23. SS Panzer Grenader Regiment Norway and the Danes were transferred to 24. SS Panzer Grenader Regiment Denmark. The Danish regiment was colloquially “Regiment Denmark”.

The primary reason for the dissolved of the small legions and Free Corps Denmark was that the SS was tired of all the political complications surrounding the units and that the NS parties of the home countries tried to keep them under their influence. To fill the ranks, German officers were picked up from 1. SS Brigade and new Danish recruits from the SS Academy in Sennheim, and soldiers from the abandoned Free Corps Denmark’s Ersatzbataljon (reserve), which was currently residing in Mogilev, Belarus.

But all this was not enough to fill the ranks of III. Germanian Panzer Corps, nor Regiment Denmark, so 13,000 Romanians were picked up with “German descent”. And so the dream of a pure German/Germanic corps went slightly into disintegration. And it made the Danish volunteers outraged.

In a letter said a volunteer;

“These more or less folketyske ’Germanere’ [folk-German Germanic], who come from Hungary, Romania, Poland, Ukraine etc., should then be compared to purebred Danes of Nordic-Germanic blood”.

In another letter, a volunteer says:

“In some companies it has already been forbidden to speak Danish in the living rooms. Another place has a German Officer allowed himself to call the Danes for Poles. A greater insult to honour cannot be imagined. ”

The Danes also called these Romanians “Swamp Germans”. The dissatisfaction did not reach common opposition to the SS management decision, but some deserted and some obtained repatriation.

Source: Nord Front

Denmark in WWII

Political drama in occupied Denmark

Free Corps Denmark

Free Corps Denmark – Witness To Soviet War Crimes

Operation Weserübung

German invasion of Denmark (1940)

World First Successfully Paratrooper Attack

Denmark’s collaboration with Germany, during World War II

A Legacy of Dead German Children

Die Sahnefront

THE RIFLE SYNDICATE

Madsen: Danish Weapons Manufacturer

Højgaard & Schultz

B&W

B&W 1942

Aarhus was strategically important for Germany doing WWII

Kolding

Hanstholm

Denmark–Germany relations

Denmark–Germany

WWII – Where did the Germans live?

Holmen

Holmen 1943

The Soviet Occupation of Bornholm

Rønne Harbour After the Russians Attacked 1945

Danish shipyards worked for the Danish Navy and the German Navy during the occupation 1940-45.

SørenKam

Documentary Sheds Light Upon Unrepentant Danish “Nazi Rock Star”

How Hitler decided to launch the largest bike theft in Denmark’s history

 

Norway

Operation Weserübung

Norway Divided by Plans of War Memorial Over Germanic SS Soldiers

Germanske SS Norge

21 Apr 1940- Norway

Norway apologises to its World War Two ‘German girls’

 

Sweden

The Swedish volunteers in the Waffen SS

The history of Swedish iron and steel industry

The Swedish King Tiger

 

Holland

Nederlandsche SS

23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland

34th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland

34 Dutch Getting Pensions for Service with Waffen-SS (2019)

 

Denmark, Norway, Holland & Flanders

Battle of Narva 1944 – Tannenberg line defence and battle of the Blue hills

The Waffen-SS and the struggle for Pomerania, 1945 (Part I): The liberation of Arnswalde — “Neues Europa”.

Swiss, Swedish and Danish men who volunteered for the Waffen-SS were highly intelligent and ambitious individuals.

Germanic-SS

Germaansche SS in Vlaanderen

 

Belgium/Wallonien

Belgian Waffen-SS Volunteers Still Receive Pensions for Loyalty to Adolf Hitler (2019)

 

 

Switzerland

Swiss Air Force in World War 2

 

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