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Waffen SS: Rare Images

Liebstandarte soldiers at Taganrog
Liebstandarte soldiers at Taganrog


Waffen SS in action
Totenkopf men  Demyansk. 1941 winter
Totenkopf men at Demyansk. 1941 winter.

SS men cleaning  weapons
SS men cleaning their weapons

Waffen SS troops  Poland. September 1939
SS troops in Poland. September 1939

Waffen SS soldiers fighting outskirts  Pabianice
SS soldiers fighting on the outskirts of Pabianice

Captured Polish postal workers escorted  SS Heimwehr  Danzig
Captured Polish soldiers escorted by men from the SS Heimwehr at Danzig

 Totenkopf Division action  western front. May 1940
Waffen SS of the Totenkopf Division in action on the western front. May 1940

Totenkopf France 1940
Totenkopf men fighting in France

Liebstandarte troops  Greece. April 1941
Liebstandarte troops in Greece. April 1941

SS men cower as they are under Soviet fire

Waffen SS soldiers  80 mm mortar  fighting  Narva
Waffen SS soldiers using the 80 mm mortar during the fighting at Narva

Totenkopf Russia
Totenkopf men attacking Russian positions

Waffen SS Budapest 1945
Waffen-SS troops in Budapest during the dying moments of the conflicts

Das Reich Division Kiev
Das Reich troops move into Kiev

Das Reich Division fighting Yelnia
Troops from the Das Reich Division fighting at Yelnia

SS assault troops at Caen, Normandy fighting the British. 1944
SS assault troops at Caen, Normandy fighting the British. 1944

July 5, 1943. Libstandarte  soldiers Zitadelle Offensive
July 5, 1943. Men from the Libstandarte move during the Zitadelle Offensive

Waffen SS Kharkov
Waffen SS men in occupied Kharkov

Killing a Soviet Commissar
Killing a Soviet Commissar

SS soldiers fire  Red Army positions Cherkassy
SS soldiers fire at Red Army positions at Cherkassy

SS troops escape  Korsun-Cherkassy pocket
SS troops escape from the Korsun-Cherkassy pocket

Liebstandarte hitting Soviet positions  150 mm gun at Prokhorovka
Men from Liebstandarte hitting Soviet positions with a 150 mm gun at Prokhorovka

Liebstandarte Division men  campaign  Greece
Two Liebstandarte men during the campaign in Greece

Tiger tank Liebstandarte Division during  Zitadelle Offensive
A Tiger of the Liebstandarte Division during the Zitadelle Offensive

Liebstandarte soldiers ride  motor-cycle through  destroyed Russian village
Liebstandarte men ride a motor-cycle through a destroyed Russian village

Waffen SS soldiers machine gun Narva
Machine gun post at Narva

Defensive position at Narva

SS troops  Panther tank during Ardennes Offensive
SS troops on a Panther tank during the Ardennes Offensive

Sepp Dietrich surrounded  Greek POW  refugees
Sepp Dietrich surrounded by Greek POW and refugees

SS soldier chats  Russian women  Belgorod
A SS soldier chats up Russian women at Belgorod

Viking SS Division soldiers  Korsun-Cherkassy
Viking SS Division soldiers at Korsun-Cherkassy

Waffen SS troops  welcomed  Soviet Union
These SS troops are welcomed into the Soviet Union

Totenkopf soldiers Kharkov
Men from the Totenkopf Division at Kharkov

Viking Division SS grenadiers  tankers  Korsun. 1944
Viking Division SS grenadiers and tankers at Korsun. 1944


SS: The Blood-soaked Soil - Battles of the Waffen-SS  GORDON WILLIAMSON
By GORDON WILLIAMSON

2 comments:

  1. Regardless of you people's bickering, Germany should have stayed in Germany. Hitler should also have known better than to exterminate a people. Regardless of race, color, gender, we are equally human and all bleed the same. There is no excuse for such vile disgraceful armies who commit atrocities in such great numbers.

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  2. the tank on image is not an TIGER! it is panzer IV ausf.G

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WHY WAS THE FIGHTING ON THE RUSSIAN FRONT SO FIERCE DURING WW2?

It is difficult to distinguish between the quality of both the German and Russian soldiers. Both were motivated by their love for their motherland. But there were others factors that drove the two sides to such desperate fighting.

One, both sides knew that this was a no-holds bar war. Not fighting was thus not an option.

Second, both Hitler and Stalin had squads that killed any deserter. Turning away from fighting was just not possible.

Thus was seen some of the most bitter, brutal and desperate fighting on the WW2 eastern (Russian) Front.
"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
-- George Santayana


Quotes....

"Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When the enemy advances, withdraw; when he stops, harass; when he tires, strike; when he retreats, pursue.'
--Mao Zedong

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The reason the German soldier did not rape and loot as the other armies did. Including the US. (I was there) was the discipline. Half the troops or at least a great number of troops on my train to the front were AWOL's or deserters. That would not have happened in the German military. You left your post you were shot. Simple as that. Germans knew that so deserting was not an option. But the ordinary soldier knew that also applied to the officers. You did your duty or else.Remember Rommel? Hitler didn't care. Just follow orders. The respect for the officer by the ordinary soldier was good. I didn't have much respect for our officers. For months after the war we were still drinking instant coffee and instant milk. The general was living it up in London I suppose because I never saw him afterwards even though I was in 3rd DIVARTY Have a nice day

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Great Comments

"The photos are nice, but I hate the way the nazis are portrayed. They are portrayed as always evil. Think about it. What do you think would happen when a country loses WWI? When they enter a depression and are stolen from by gypsies and jews?! Also, the Russians were just as brutal if not worse. They ran the gulags! They murdered men, women, and children who opposed communism. Stalin's regime killed 65MILLION people in it's lifetime. Hitler killed 21MILLION. Take your pick, you politically correct WUSS!"

Anonymous on Nazi Germany: A Pictorial History


"ever heard of the saying two wrongs don't make a right. yes they lost ww1, but they started it so they got their just deserts. and hitler was pure evil,theres no doubt he was a great leader and orator that took advantage of a country in despair. he stood by people that were simular to him and used them to 'persuade' others in high places to flock to his banner. once in power it was easy to unite a nation with his speaches that germeny could rule the world at ANY cost, the hatetred between germany and russia was legendry with both country's sinking to new levels of barbarism.as for russia killing millions of their own under stalin, yes, that was an atocity in itself but it was an internal matter in russia. nothing to do with the west. germany treated the russians as less than human in fact, less than the jews and the feelings were neutral. the battle of stalingrad were tesamony to that. so picking someone to like because they killed 21m instead of 65m is just sick and shows what sort of person you really are. i will say though that although these pictures are interesting, dont belive everything that they show. the picture at the top seems to show two peasants being shot, both are women so we asume that they are inocents. not so, women fought along side their men with amazing efect. rusian women were excellent marksmen and made effective snipers and machine gunners. not behind them a machingun nest. its more likely that the machingun nest was overun and they are being shot for shooting german soldiers. that being said, it saddens me to say that many of the pictures do depict atrocities that the devil himself would be ashamed of.having never been in a war, i can't imagine what humans would go through under such horrific conditions. knowing death was just around the corner probly turned the most mild mannered men and women into monsters. im not going to justify there actions or condone them but to understand what they went through. i hope for all our sakes we never have to go through anything like it again. but i think we will."
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Quotes....

"The main thing is to make history, not to write it."
--Otto von Bismarck

"When you have to kill a man it costs nothing to be polite."
--Winston Churchill

Quotes....

"In time of war the loudest patriots are the greatest profiteers."
--August Bebel

"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best."
--Voltaire

Great Comments....

I think it's important to remember that the German army at this time was one of the most disciplined fighting forces in the world. It's the reason Hitler made them swear an oath on his rise to Fuhrer; he knew they wouldn't break it.

That unflinching devotion to service and country would be their undoing, eventually - there were many suicides in combat. German soldiers who just couldn't deal with the brutality anymore - and the crime. Even leadership attempted to murder Hitler several times.

The Nazis were Germans, but the Germans weren't Nazis. Not all German soldiers were so criminally cruel. Most criminal cruelty was perpetrated not by the German Army, but by the Nazis and their divisions (SS, Gestapo, etc)
(Brutality Of Germans In Russia)
-- By Anonymous

Quotes about War....

"Anyone who has ever looked into the glazed eyes of a soldier dying on the battlefield will think hard before starting a war."
---Otto von Bismarck

Quotes....

"Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country."
--Hermann Goering

Quotes....

"To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy."
--Tzu Sun

"All men are brothers, like the seas throughout the world; So why do winds and waves clash so fiercely everywhere?"
--Emperor Hirohito