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January 6th, 2005  
godofthunder9010
 
 
Truth be told, the Waffen SS were very similar in function to the French Foreign Legion. It was largely through Waffen SS units that non-Germans were often incorporated into the German military. Certainly many of them were German, you had a lot of both. Its also a lot like the US Marines today -- a gigantic special forces organization. The exploits of the Waffen SS units are very impressive. Some of the best (IMHO) were the Liebensdart AdolfHitler Waffen SS and the Grossdeutchland Waffen SS.

You can't argue that these units just plain kicked ass.
November 7th, 2011  
papasha408
 
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Originally Posted by EuroSpike
Waffen SS, the first real Eurocorps, multinational army of the United Europe. 8)
The problem with this is it was not a united Europe. The Waffen SS recieved volunteers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, parts of Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Belaruse and Russia. There were also volunteers from USA, Switzerland, England, Vietnam and even one from Canada. Unfortunatley for these volunteers most people from these countries hated the Axis. That is hardly a united Europe.
November 7th, 2011  
papasha408
 
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Originally Posted by godofthunder9010
Truth be told, the Waffen SS were very similar in function to the French Foreign Legion. It was largely through Waffen SS units that non-Germans were often incorporated into the German military. Certainly many of them were German, you had a lot of both. Its also a lot like the US Marines today -- a gigantic special forces organization. The exploits of the Waffen SS units are very impressive. Some of the best (IMHO) were the Liebensdart AdolfHitler Waffen SS and the Grossdeutchland Waffen SS.

You can't argue that these units just plain kicked ass.
Grossdeutchland was not an SS unit.
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November 7th, 2011  
MontyB
 
 
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Originally Posted by papasha408
Grossdeutchland was not an SS unit.
Very true, Grossdeutschland had the make up of a Panzer Division yet it was officially a Panzer Grenadier Division and never received the title "Panzer Division" although no one knows why this was the case.
November 7th, 2011  
r.fox
 
 
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Originally Posted by papasha408
The problem with this is it was not a united Europe. The Waffen SS recieved volunteers from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Belgium, France, Italy, parts of Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Belaruse and Russia. There were also volunteers from USA, Switzerland, England, Vietnam and even one from Canada. Unfortunatley for these volunteers most people from these countries hated the Axis. That is hardly a united Europe.
Also, after the war many were executed as traitors. generally the volunteers from the western allies ie Britain, Canada and the us, were the minority. as i recall, the British ss contribution struggled to make 50 men
November 7th, 2011  
BritinAfrica
 
 
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Originally Posted by r.fox
Also, after the war many were executed as traitors. generally the volunteers from the western allies ie Britain, Canada and the us, were the minority. as i recall, the British ss contribution struggled to make 50 men
The British Free Corps who had been recruited by the Nazis. The unit was originally known as The Legion of St. George Research by a British journalist, Adrian Weale,has identified about 59 men who belonged to this unit at one time or another, some for only a few days. At no time did it reach more than 27 men in strength – smaller than a contemporary German platoon.

Many of the British SS volunteers were weeded out as chancer's or trouble makers, it has also been suggested that some were ordered by MI9 to join. The ones who were accepted were allowed to keep to their own method of drill as trained by the British Army.

A chap I worked with was one of the Para's captured at Arnhem along with his best mate who was badly injured. He said his mate was sent behind the lines as soon as possible, while he was well treated.

My uncle Charlie with the 8th Army in Italy said that we always knew when we were up against the SS, they fought and they fought hard.