world war ii: schutzstaffel

Paneurópsky charakter Waffen SS. Údaje o počtoch ne-nemeckých dobrovoľníkoch v radoch Waffen SS sa v rôznych zdrojoch líšia. Celkové počty sa pohybujú medzi 320 000 a 500 000 mužmi. Zo západoeurópskych národov boli najpočetnejší Holanďania a Francúzi, z balkánskych Rumuni, z východoeurópskych a ázijských Lotyši, Estónci, Maďari, Ukrajinci či rôzne etniká z oblasti Kaukazu. V radoch Waffen SS je doložených aj niekoľko Američanov, Írov či Lichtenštajnovcov.

The pan-European character of the Waffen SS. Data about the number of non-German volunteers in the ranks of the Waffen SS are differ in different sources. Total numbers are moving between 320,000 and 500,000 men. From the Western European nations were the most numerous - Dutchmen and Frenchmen, from the Balkan - Romanians, from Eastern European and Asian - Latvians, Estonians, Hungarians, Ukrainians and various ethnic groups from the Caucasus. In the ranks of the Waffen SS it is also documented several Americans, Irishmen and Lichtensteinmen.

Paul “Papa” Hausser

After retirement from the regular Army he became the “father” (thus the nickname “Papa”) of the Waffen-SS and one of its most eminent leaders. Battling in both the Eastern and Western Fronts of World War II, he was seriously wounded twice, losing an eye in the first incident. After the war he became a member of the HIAG which sought to rehabilitate the reputation and legal status of the Waffen-SS.