By Gordon Williamson, Stephen Andrew
Within the final years of global struggle II, 1944–45, the Waffen-SS shaped many nominal 'divisions' from a motley diversity of assets, whose battlefield worth used to be as diverse as their backgrounds. the simplest have been equipped round present Western eu volunteer regiments; a few, raised from primary Europeans and Russians, have been powerful in numbers yet vulnerable in morale; a few have been of negligible dimension, scraped jointly from remnants and trainees; and a few have been sinister 'anti-partisan' gangs, assembled from the army dregs of the jap entrance. Illustrated with infrequent pictures from deepest collections and meticulous color paintings, this ultimate identify in our series information their organization, uniforms and insignia, and summarises their conflict files.
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Extra resources for The Waffen-SS
In September, now about 300 strong, it received equipment from the SS-Totenkopfverbände, and was renamed after its commander: ‘SS Special Battalion Dirlewanger’. This degenerate ﬁgure, who had been imprisoned for sex offences with a minor, nevertheless enjoyed high level protection as a former comrade of recruitment chief SS-Ogruf Gottlob Berger. com In October 1940 the unit was sent to occupied Poland for security duties; reports of atrocities began almost immediately, and continued throughout 1941.
The Army’s M1942 ﬁeldgrey/white reversible winter oversuit was superseded in the Waffen-SS by their own camouﬂage/white version from late 1943; but the grey type was issued to second line units, including Police. The old MP28/II sub-machine gun was also seen in large numbers in Police units, which had low priority for the MP40. About the best thing this ofﬁcer has managed to lay hands on is a pair of felt and leather winter boots. His light equipment, including the MP28 magazine pouch, is attached to the SS ofﬁcer’s belt with circular clasp buckle.
L e g i o n F re i e s I n d i e n / I n d i s c h e s F re i w i l l i g e n L e g i o n Commanders June 1942–Aug 1944 Oberstleutnant Kurt Krappe; Aug 1944–May 1945 SS-Oberführer Heinz Bertling Insignia of the Osttürkischer Waffen-verband der SS. (Left to right) Armshields, in machinewoven form, for troops from Azerbaijan, the Urals, and Turkestan. These were certainly manufactured and worn. (Below) The cuffband, machine-woven in silver-grey on green, was manufactured but is thought never to have been issued.