Waffen-SS: Elite or Mass-Army?

Waffen-SS divisions are often portrayed as an elite formations, yet, this view misses that the Waffen-SS had a large amount of divisions with very different combat records. This video takes a closer look at the Waffen-SS based on academic sources and will also explain why many statements of the Waffen-SS divisions are just wrong, since they don’t account for the heterogeneity of the various divisions.

Military History Visualized

Origins of the SS – 1919-1934

Christian Peder Kryssing was the highest ranked foreigner in Waffen-SS as a SS-Brigadeführer.

Søren Kam

Free Corps Denmark

Free Corps Denmark – Witness To Soviet War Crimes

Free Corps Denmark – Danes Against Clown World

SS-Regiment 24 Dänemark

Norway Divided by Plans of War Memorial Over Germanic SS Soldiers

The Swedish Volunteers in the Waffen-SS

Swedes Who fought in Waffen-SS During WWII still receive “Hitler Pensions”

Why Dutch Men Fought for Germany at the Eastern Front of World War II

How Dutch Men Were Recruited For the Waffen-ϟϟ in the Netherlands during World War II

How Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteers Were Trained During World War II

The Wiking Division’s Combat History (1941 – 1945) – Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteers on the Eastern Front

The Dutch Volunteer Legion on the Eastern Front – Dutch Waffen-SS Volunteers during World War II

The Dutch That Fought Against the Western Allies in World War II – Landstorm Nederland

The Escape of 7 Former Dutch Waffen-SS Soldiers… and they got away with it (1952)

34 Dutch Getting Pensions for Service with Waffen-SS

Flemish Volunteers for Germany during World War II: the Flemish Legion and the Flemish Waffen-SS

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

Leon Degrelle’s Escape to Spain 1945

SS Charlemagne – Berlin 1945

French Volunteers on the Eastern Front and the SS Charlemagne

The British Free Corps

The British Who Fought with the Germans

The British Free Corps – The Brits That Fought for Germany during World War II

American SS

German 12th SS armoured division ‘Hitlerjugend’ (1943-1945)

Organisation of a SS Panzer Division

103rd SS Heavy Panzer Battalion

German SS Parachute Battalion 500/600

Demyansk Pocket

Kursk 1943 – The Tigers of the Das Reich Division | Tank Battles of WW2

Kursk – The battle of Prokhorovka through the eyes of Panzer Ace Rudolf von Ribbentrop

Battle of Kovel 1944 – ‘Wiking’ Panther company to the rescue | Tank Battles of WW2

The Battle of Narva 1944

The Battle of the Tannenberg Line | Narva 1944

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

Battle for the Reichstag 1945

1 Tiger Tank vs 50 T-34s – A True Story

Tiger Ambush – Normandy 1944

Panther Ambush – Normandy 1944

Panther vs Sherman – Operation Nordwind 1945

Jagdpanther vs. Churchill – Normandy 1944

Kampfgruppe Peiper | Tiger II 105

SS King Tiger Last Stand: Berlin 1945


The Strange Death of Heinrich Himmler

Himmler’s Uniform

SS-1 – Himmler’s Car

Himmler’s Mini-Wolf’s Lair – SS Hochwald

Felix Steiner

Herbert Gille

The Raids of Otto Skorzeny

Five Successful Missions of a Commando Mastermind, Otto Skorzeny

The Life of Otto Skorzeny, “The Most Dangerous Man in Europe” Before, During and After World War II

The Gran Sasso Raid 1943

Joachim Peiper

About Joachim Peiper I

About Joachim Peiper II

Gerhard Lauck: Joachim Peiper’s Final Struggle against Communism

Top 10 Facts About Joachim “Jochen” Peiper

Kampfgruppe Peiper – Composition Schwere SS-Panzer Abteilung 501.

The Life and Death of Michael Wittmann

Fur Volk and Fuhrer, Memoir of a Veteran of the 1st SS Panzer Division

Twilight of the Gods by Thorolf Hillblad Full Audiobook

Michael Hoffman II interviews a Waffen SS veteran (1985)

Loyalty – Command and Obedience: SS Leadership Guide by Alfred Kotz

Foreign Volunteers for the Waffen-SS were Highly Intelligent and Ambitious

Celebrations in the Life of the SS Family

Memoirs vs. Diaries – Dr. Roman Töppel on Sources

WWII – Did you know? – About Ranks and Famous Germans

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One comment

  1. Viking Life Blog · August 28

    The SS-Feldersatz Brigade 102

    At the beginning of the Ardennes Offensive which commenced on 16 December 1944, 6th SS Panzer Army command ordered training activities for replacement units to continue at an elevated level in the nearby Westerwald area with the stipulation that these troops would be utilized for combat duties if necessary.



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