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"SS Oberstgruppenfuhrer   Paul Hausser   (seen here as an Obergruppenfuhrer while commanding the Das Reich Division in Russia, winter 1941)   was unquestionably the ablest military commander in the Waffen SS.   After the war he sought to re-establish the reputation of the SS and claimed that the foreign units of the SS   were really the precursors of the NATO army. Hausser's skull and cross bones 'totenkopf' is on his hat."  by A.J. Barker

SS Oberstgruppenfuhrer Paul Hausser, commander of the Das Reich Division in Russia, winter 1941

Waffen SS Panzer officer Michael Wittmann, Tiger Ace of World War II.

Waffen SS Panzer officer Michael Wittmann, German Tiger tank Ace of the war. A "Stud" in the German Tank Forces.

Waffen SS Standartenführer Joachim Peiper-	SS#132,496-Unit:1'st Division LSSAH-Peiper had a willingness to advance at all cost,Peiper developed a reputation in the press as an outstanding leader,descriptions of his tactical skills propelled Peiper to become an icon of the Waffen-SS,Peiper was seen as an officer who obeyed orders without much discussion and expected the same from his men,Peiper's units always distinguished themselves in fighting,He was a competent,personally courageous…

A look at Joachim Peiper, SS Panzer Commander and convicted war criminal.

Kurt Meyer colourisation

During SS-Sturmbannführer Kurt ‘Panzer’ Meyer (photo) became renowned within the German military for devising a unique employment of hand grenades to motivate his troops. Meyer commanded the.

Paul "Papa" Hausser, SS-Gruppenfuehrer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS, on the Eastern Front, undated. Hausser, a former Army officer, was the father of the Waffen SS in terms of organization and training. Highly popular among the troops, he survived the war and died in the ripe old age of 92 in 1972.

Paul "Papa" Hausser, SS-Gruppenfuehrer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS, on the…

Joachim "Jochen" Peiper (1915-1976) during "Unternehmen Zitadelle" (aka Battle of Kursk). Russia, July 1943.

Joachim "Jochen" Peiper during "Unternehmen Zitadelle" (aka Battle of Kursk). Russia, July Peiper had a reputation of being a great mentor to his troops, also he showed them the way, by his personal examples of courage.

The commander of the Wiking Division, SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner, talks to his men in the summer of 1942.

“ The commander of the Wiking Division, SS-Gruppenführer Felix Steiner, talks to his men in the summer of Steiner was one of those talented leaders who are born, maybe, one in a.

SS-Standartenführer Joachim Peiper (right), serving with SS-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler on the Eastern Front, is photographed in conversation with another officer probably in 1943. Peiper, adjutant to Heinrich Himmler between 1940 and 1941, was Himmler's protege and one of the most aggressive young panzer commanders of WW2. He survived the war and was murdered in France in 1976.

SS-Standartenführer Joachim Peiper (right), serving with SS-Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler on the Eastern Front, is photographed in conversation with another officer probably in Peiper, adjutant to Heinrich Himmler between and

Telo mimetico m29 mit Tarnschlupfjacken vernäht. Feldschneiderei an der Front

Soldiers from SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend. Their dresses look sort of home made, trousers in Italian camo pattern.

Totenkopf.

This is such a beautiful man. He really proves that even beautiful people can do bad things.

Fegelein

✠ Hermann Fegelein October 1906 – 28 April shot for desertion.

13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian)

Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar Croatian)

Max Wünsche awards an SS-Oberscharführer EKII for shooting down 5 aircraft with this flak gun near Caen. Max Wünsche was never implicated in war crimes during WW2. He would repatriate to relative obscurity in 1947 after having served as an adjutant to Hitler, Sepp Dietrich, Heinrich Himmler & after having won some of Germany's top military awards in the Waffen-SS. He would meet British FM Montgomery in Falaise after his capture.

Max Wünsche, commander of Panzer-Regiment awards HJ-flak gunners who shot down five US Aircraft in the vicinity of Rauray where his HQ was located.

Max Hansen, here as a SS-Sturmbannführer of the Waffen-SS, terminated the war with the rank of colonel. The winner of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Hansen fought throughout the war with the  Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler.  He fought in Russia and took part in the Ardennes Offensive and the offensive in Hungary, Operation Spring Awakening in 1945 as commanding colonel of 1.SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment. He survived the war and died in 1990.

Max Hansen, here as a SS-Sturmbannführer of the Waffen-SS, terminated the war…

SS-Gruppenführer Herbert Otto Gille, in an observation post during a conference with SS-Standartenführer Mühlenkamp, preparing the attack out of the Kovel encirclement in March 1944.  Gille, Commander of 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking and Commander of IV.SS-Panzerkorps, holder of the Knight's Cross with Oakleaves, Swords and Diamonds and of the German Cross in Gold, was highly regarded for his leadership qualities and tactical abilities.

SS-Gruppenführer Herbert Otto Gille, in an observation post during a conference with SS-Standartenführer Mühlenkamp, preparing the attack out of the Kovel encirclement in March 1944

Battlefield portrait of Oberscharführer der Waffen-SS Hermann Dahlke, Kp.Truppführer , 3./SS-Pz.G.R., 1.SS-Panzer-Division "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler", Kharkov, Russia, March 3, 1943.

✠ Hermann Dahlke February 1917 – 5 July killed in action on the Russian Front near Belgorod.