Musikzug der Freiwilligen-Legion "Niederlande"

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Musikzug der Freiwilligen-Legion "Niederlande"

Post by Auceps » 01 Sep 2015 23:53

[Split from Unidentified SS bands]

Another unidentified SS band, made by SS-Kriegsberichter Brantsen. Note the Landsknecht drums and fanfares:
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Post by Ivan Ž. » 03 Sep 2015 01:01

This is the band of Freiwilligen-Legion "Niederlande" (future 23rd SS Division).

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Thanks for the identification, Ivan!

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Post by BramvanS » 03 Sep 2015 06:01

This photograph was taken around December 31th 1941 in Arys, when the Freiwilligen Legion Niederlande (officially not an SS-unit) was preparing for their first deployment in Russia (and when e.g. Mussert was visiting the Legion). At that moment the Frw.Leg.Ndl. consisted of some 3000 soldiers. Most NCOs and officers were Germans (from the Waffen SS). Almost all privates were Dutch volunteers; some of these Dutch originally joined SS-Standarte Nordwest and the most joined the Freiwilligen Legion. September 24th 1941 SS-Standarte Nordwest stopped to exist and the members were distributed among Freiwilligen Legion Niederlande and Freiwilligen Legion Flandern.

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 03 Sep 2015 10:15

Hello, BramvanS, and thanks very much for the info!

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Nov 2020 16:10

Some more shots from Mussert's visit.

From https://beeldbankwo2.nl/
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'Vrijwilligerslegioen 'Nederland' bezoek van Mussert, Rauter c.s. aan het opleidingskamp Arijs in Oost-Pruisen.' Tijdens de jaarwisseling 1941-1942 bezocht NSB-leider Mussert in het gezelschap van onder meer Rauter, Rost van Tonningen, Van Geelkerken en Blokzijl een opleidingskamp van de Waffen SS in Arijs in Oost-Pruisen om afscheid te nemen van 'zijn jongens' in het Vrijwilligerslegioen Nederland die korte tijd later aan het Oostfront zullen worden ingezet.
A photo of the legion's choir (from the same event): viewtopic.php?f=81&t=253533
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Re: Musikzug der Freiwilligen-Legion "Niederlande"

Post by Ivan Ž. » 17 Nov 2020 16:15

From https://beeldbankwo2.nl/
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'Vrijwilligerslegioen 'Nederland' bezoek van Mussert, Rauter c.s. aan het opleidingskamp Arijs in Oost-Pruisen.' Tijdens de jaarwisseling 1941-1942 bezocht NSB-leider Mussert in het gezelschap van onder meer Rauter, Rost van Tonningen, Van Geelkerken en Blokzijl een opleidingskamp van de Waffen SS in Arijs in Oost-Pruisen om afscheid te nemen van 'zijn jongens' in het Vrijwilligerslegioen Nederland die korte tijd later aan het Oostfront zullen worden ingezet.
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Re: Musikzug der Freiwilligen-Legion "Niederlande"

Post by Trooper1970 » 25 Feb 2021 21:45

Thank you for the great photos of the Musikzug of the Legion Nederland.
The person on the very left with steel helmet and big „Tuba“ instrument is my grand-uncle. I have about 300 photos from his service time in the 4. Totenkopfstandarte (service in Prag and Nederland) from the 1940s until his early death at the front on FEB 6 1942 in Sela-Gora, Russia. He was Unterscharführer and part of the Musikzug (starting at RAD, then SS Reiterstandarte 73, then 4. Totenkopf-Regiment, later transferred to Legion Nederland. I have a huge pack of pictures from the Musikzug in Holland (incl. Kaiser Wilhelm II as they were assigned to guard him in a villa) , coast guard service, many locations in Holland incl. pictures of destroyed cities, then service in Ghetto Warschau, Arys and all the way to the front in JAN 1942.
I have a huge pack of original letters on Nederland-paper, his death notice from HstF Voorwinden sent to our family etc.etc.
I think that this is the biggest photo estate of a Nederland soldier (non-officer) and of a SS Musikzug.
Several photos with leaders such as Otto Reich, they called him Daddy.
If someone is interested in any info, please let me know. Thanks for the great pictures below. What a surprise to see my grand-uncle Hans.

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Post by Ivan Ž. » 01 Mar 2021 15:12

Hello, Trooper1970, and :welcome:

Of course, feel free to post photos from your grand uncle's collection, if you like.

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Re: Musikzug der Freiwilligen-Legion "Niederlande"

Post by MarcHS » 09 Apr 2021 10:16

Hi Trooper,

Particularly interested in pictures taken in Arys, especially if there's any personal info about fellow volunteers written on the backside.

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Marc

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