Hi Seaburn -You make an interesting point 'JKeenan' and one that as a newbie to this world I would like to know more about. I have read many posts which are highly critical of the W-SS in relation to their negative points (too many to list) on the forum, I am now converse in these, so on the other side of the coin my 'cat among the pigeons' question is 'What were their positive military achievements - if any'.? This can be a small fighting unit up to a Division strength military success.
This should obviously be split off to another thread as it is not relevant to this one, save for this last post.
My wish would be that any examples should not be from a WSS source i.e. a Vet or a known promoter - and that they are non biased and non-opinionated (meaning, that it doesn't get bogged down in emotional twaddle) obviously in this case, references are a must! I know there are many very well-read members on the forum who have an interest in this subject, hopefully you all will post something of relevance.
If this can't be split,I'll start a new thread.
I think it's best to break it down on a campaign/front level, and then talk about the performance of specific units within that time frame.
I. Poland 1939
II. France 1940
III: Yugoslavia/Greece 1941
IV. Barbarossa (June - Oct1941)
V. Operation Typhoon/Eastern Front Defensive Battles (Nov 41 - March 1942)
VI. The Demjansk Pocket
VII. The 1942 Summer Offensive
VIII. The Recapture of Kharkov (Jan-March 1943)
IX. The Kursk Offensive (July 1943)
X. Antipartisan Operations in the Balkans 1941-43
XI. The Italian Campaign 1943-44
XII. The Zhitomir Winter Counterattack
XIII. Leningrad/Baltics Front 1942-44
XIV. The Normandy Campaign June -Aug 1944
XV. Arnhem Sept 1944
XVI. The Defense of Budapest Nov 1944 - Jan 1945
XVII. The Pomeranian Battles Jan - March 1945
XVIII. The Konrad Offensives (Jan-March 1945)
XIX. The Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944 - Jan 1945)
XX. Operation Northwind (Jan 45)
XXI. The Defense of Austria (April 1945)
XXII. The Battle of Berlin (April - May 1945)