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Hitler's Foreign Divisions: Foreign Volunteers in the Waffen-SS 1940-1945

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Main information and table of contents taken from the book: Hitler's Foreign Divisions: Foreign Volunteers in the Waffen-SS 1940-1945, by Chris Bishop, Amber Books Ltd., London, United Kingdom, c. 2005. Book

Introduction. "Even today, more than six decades after the outbreak of World War II, it still seems incredible that thousands of men whose countries had been conquered by the Nazis should have volunteered for service with the SS. Hundreds of thousands more volunteered or were conscripted into the Wehrmacht, the Kriegsmarine and the Luffwaffe. Many had no choice in the matter, but a significan number were willing members of the German armed forces, and those who served with the SS were mostly volunteers. But why did the SS recruit them and , having done so, trust them in battle?" (p. 7).

Western Europe.

  • Netherlands - Date of Occupation: May 1940; Number of Volunteers: 50,000; Main SS Units including Volunteers: 23rd SS-Freiwilligen Panzergrenadier Division Nederland (niederlandische Nr. 1); 34th SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland.

Eastern Europe.

The Foreign SS Divisions.

The Foreign SS Brigades.


The Norwegians SS Volunteers :

The Swedish SS Volunteers :

The Finnish SS Volunteers :