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The European Volunteer Movement in World War II;
• The creation of the Waffen-SS was an event unique in history. Their racial aspects and implications were especially unique. Men of many nations joined together in the military establishment of a foreign country. They offered their lives and service in the name of Europe and anti-Communism. Many Germanic Waffen-SS veterans felt vindicated by the creation of NATO. They believe they set an example/Marc Rikmenspoel
• Over 125,000 non-German West Europeans volunteered for the elite Waffen-SS. Enlistment rolls show that more than 60,000 men from the Germanic nations were accepted and fought with distinction within its ranks. Another 21,000 men from the Latin nations joined the Waffen-SS. The majority of the Western European Volunteers were idealists, with a strong pan-European identity. The vast majority of the Eastern Europeans who joined the Waffen-SS did so primarily to defend their own homelands against Soviet occupation. Nearly 310,000 foreign volunteers from no less than 16 countries served in its ranks between 1940 and 1945. A total of 950,000 men (German and foreigners) fought in the Waffen-SS at some point during World War II/Stabswache de Euros

 

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