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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Der Rittmeister » 01 Aug 2021 10:43

Aida1 wrote:
11 Jul 2021 22:40
Der Rittmeister wrote:
28 May 2021 17:46
I advise you Sir Guttridge and Aida1 to keep the discussion civilized to prevent this good topic to be taken down. Its not worth attacking each other personally. The discussion and debate you are having are at the end of the day contributing to finding a reasonable explanation based on facts. Debate and good discussion backed by facts should contribute to eliminating different hypothesis/explanations and eventually come to a conclusion. Just identify simply what you disagree on, show the facts and come to a common agreement and move on. Toxic discussion will only damage the very purpose of this forum.

Cheers, Wittich :thumbsup:
Strange to post this 2 months after the discussion stopped. :roll:
Why does this matter?

Cheers, Ritt

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by BornGinger » 07 Aug 2021 17:33

Hello boys and girls.

I have managed to find some information about volunteers to the Waffen-SS and their personal stories on the Norwegian webpage Stiftelsen Norsk Okkupasjonshistorie - SNO (with the address http://sno.no) and wonder if anyone know of a Danish, Dutch, Belgian or any other language's webpage with similar content. I understand that many of those who joined up and fought with the Germans did that based on a fear of the Red Threat of the Soviet Union and some did it because they sympathised with the Nazi ideology. So if anyone knows of other websites, I'd be glad to see what I can find on them.

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by yaboygbglat » 08 Aug 2021 00:53

waffen ss has nothing to do with ss schutzstaffel. w-ss was a field unit. they were elite and way better than the wehrmacht, also we had a latvian wss division who was one of the best divisions at that time :).

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Ironmachine » 09 Aug 2021 07:03

yaboygbglat wrote:waffen ss has nothing to do with ss schutzstaffel. w-ss was a field unit. they were elite and way better than the wehrmacht, also we had a latvian wss division who was one of the best divisions at that time :).
More than 3,500 posts in this thread just to see this! 8O
I do not know whether to laugh or cry.

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Sid Guttridge » 09 Aug 2021 08:32

Hi BornGinger,

The Scandinavian presence in the Waffen-SS was low. On average, Danes and Norwegians each volunteered at the rate of just four a day. Swedes came in at about one a week and Icelanders at under one a year!

Nobody was killed in a crush at the recruiting offices!

There is an interesting article on the motivations of Danish, Swedish and Swiss officers in the Waffen-SS (https://www.jstor.org/stable/43299406?s ... b_contents). Among other things, it contends that they were highly educated and good linguists with an excellent grasp of German at a time when the W-SS was worried about the poor education standards and poor German of some of its own German officer cadets! Their profile more resembled that of the German Army officer corps than that of the Germans in the Waffen-SS officer corps. They tended to be well educated, well travelled, have a pan-Europeanist outlook and a calling to adventure.

Cheers,

Sid.
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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Sid Guttridge » 09 Aug 2021 08:43

Hi Ironmachine,

Laugh, definitely, but be patient, as many have been taught no better.

Cheers,

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Pascal. Kullmann. » 09 Aug 2021 10:37

Ironmachine wrote:
09 Aug 2021 07:03
yaboygbglat wrote:waffen ss has nothing to do with ss schutzstaffel. w-ss was a field unit. they were elite and way better than the wehrmacht, also we had a latvian wss division who was one of the best divisions at that time :).
More than 3,500 posts in this thread just to see this! 8O
I do not know whether to laugh or cry.
Why even react?

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by sandeepmukherjee196 » 11 Aug 2021 19:21

What he means by "SS" here is perhaps the Allgemeine SS

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Harro » 11 Aug 2021 20:24

sandeepmukherjee196 wrote:
11 Aug 2021 19:21
What he means by "SS" here is perhaps the Allgemeine SS
Which would also be incorrect.

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Der Rittmeister » 12 Aug 2021 19:06

What was realistically the admission requirements to be recruited for Scandinavians?

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Cult Icon » 16 Aug 2021 15:15

Ironmachine wrote:
09 Aug 2021 07:03
More than 3,500 posts in this thread just to see this! 8O
I do not know whether to laugh or cry.
"I pity the fool" who read this thread from page 1, I think drowning oneself in the nearest mud-puddle is a kinder fate :lol:

Given the large amount of misinformation in this thread, and drama it should have been closed a long time ago. However I think it is left open, and pinned, as a fly-catcher for the routine Waffen-SS drive bys like that one.

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Re: Why the Waffen-SS

Post by Howling Wolf » 08 Sep 2021 15:02

Cult Icon wrote:
16 Aug 2021 15:15
Ironmachine wrote:
09 Aug 2021 07:03
More than 3,500 posts in this thread just to see this! 8O
I do not know whether to laugh or cry.
"I pity the fool" who read this thread from page 1, I think drowning oneself in the nearest mud-puddle is a kinder fate :lol:

Given the large amount of misinformation in this thread, and drama it should have been closed a long time ago. However I think it is left open, and pinned, as a fly-catcher for the routine Waffen-SS drive bys like that one.
That was only his second post. Be patient he should have it all sorted out by his 4th post which will read "Theodore Eicke was an elite general better then any generals in the Wehrmacht. :lol:

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