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4 DVD SET: WAFFEN SS - THE WAFFEN SS IN ACTION (1939 - 1945) (2012) * partial English subtitles *

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The four part documentary about the history of the Waffen SS from its origins to its dissolution at the end of the Second World War. Contents include:

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DISC ONE

 

THE HISTORY OF THE SS LEIBSTANDARTE ADOLF HITLER

Film covers the history of the SS division Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler from its creation in 1933 to its end in 1945. Most of the material in the film comes from excerpts from Die Deutsche Wochenschau.

115 minutes.

 

JUNKER DER WAFFEN SS (1943)

1943 documentary film put out in Nazi Germany was meant to provide a brief introduction to the public about the training of the Waffen SS and no doubt served as a means of recruiting new men into the service.

15 minutes.

 

FINNISH VOLUNTEERS IN THE WAFFEN SS

This undated film shows Finnish volunteers from their taking the oath to join the Waffen SS to their march past before reviewing stands to inspections by senior officers.

The film has no dialogue; German military music plays in the background (including, appropriately enough, Der Marsch der finnischen Reiterei).

6 minutes.

 

TOTAL TIME: 136 MINUTES.

 

DISC TWO

 

REICHSFUHRER SS HIMMLER VISITS THE NETHERLANDS (1942)

This film covers the visit of Heinrich Himmler to the Netherlands in 1942; his review of the local SS and NSB personnel; the march past of Dutch Nazis in his presence;

5 minutes.

 

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - THE NETHERLANDS (1942)

1942 film about Anton Mussert visiting Heinrich Himmler and the Dutch volunteer legion on the Eastern Front. Quite a bit of Dutch NSB music.

4 minutes.

 

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - THE NETHERLANDS - SS LANDWACHT (1943)

1943 film shows top Dutch and German leadership visiting Dutch SS volunteers. Films of march reviews; training; sport activity; recruits entering the barracks; new recruits taking the oath; Himmler visiting the Dutch SS in the field.

8 minutes.

 

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - THE NETHERLANDS - SS STANDARTE WESTLAND

The head of the NSB, Anton Mussert, pays a visit to the men of SS Standarte Westland and gives a speech; recruits march off to the rail station to depart for training; Mussert addresses an NSB rally; SS men in the Landsturm take the oath to the Fuhrer.

5 minutes.

 

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - THE NETHERLANDS

Film about the first battalion of volunteers in the Dutch SS. Top leadership addresses the battalion; march past of the battalion.

6 minutes.

  

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - ESTONIA AND LATVIA

Film about the Latvian and Estonian SS legions on the Eastern Front. Mainly battle footage. Undated, but most probably 1944.

3 minutes.

 

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - LATVIAN PANZERGRENADIER DIVISION

Very detailed film about the recruitment, training and experiences of the Latvian panzergrenadier divsion of the Waffen SS.

48 minutes.

 

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - FRANCE (1943)

Film by the French volunteers legion of the Waffen SS about top French and German officials visiting and inspecting the Legion at home and in the battlefield. Also included in the film is the visit of French officials to the mass grave of Katyn, discovered by the Germans in April 1943.

10 minutes.

 

WAFFEN SS VOLUNTEERS - FRANCE (1944)

Film by the French volunteer legion of the Waffen SS detailing their operations in western Russia in 1943. The last 30 seconds of the film is without sound.

12 minutes.

 

TOTAL TIME: 101 minutes

 

 

DISC THREE

 

THE WAFFEN SS IN ACTION (1941 - 1942)

A review of the activities of the Waffen SS, mainly on the Eastern Front. Most of the material in the film comes from excerpts from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Contents include:

Volunteers from a number of countries flood the recruitment centres to join the fight against the USSR

Difficult conditions on the Finnish front for German soldiers

Waffen SS units push into the Ukraine towards Kyiv

Volunteers join the "Danmark" Legion

Units of the Waffen SS overcome enemy obstacles on the Dniepr

Waffen SS units fight northeast of Lake Peipus

Artillery in action near Pskov

Anti-Bolshevik rally in Paris

Leon Degrelle leads 800 volunteers from Brussels to the Eastern Front

The Wallonian Legion heads off to the Eastern Front

Waffen SS fight the Soviets in the Salla region (Finland)

Narva falls into German hands

The Waffen SS takes Nikolayev and advances on Kherson

Fighting in the Waldai Heights

Waffen SS battle Soviet partisans

The Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler marches through Paris

The battle for Rostov

In the steppes of the Kuban

Fighting near Lake Ilmen

On the Caucasus Front

85 minutes.

 

THE WAFFEN SS IN ACTION (1943 - 1944)

A review of the activities of the Waffen SS, mainly on the Eastern Front. Most of the material in the film comes from excerpts from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Contents include:

Units of the Waffen SS gather between the Dniepr and Donetz for a counteroffensive

The Waffen SS legion "Nederland" in action

Battle of Kharkov

Croatians volunteer for the Waffen SS

Estonian volunteers in the Waffen SS swear allegiance

The Waffen SS in anti-partisan activities

A rally for Ukrainian volunteers in the city of Kolomyja

Hitler Youth volunteer for the Waffen SS

Anti-tank units of the Waffen SS in training

Finns volunteer to join the Waffen SS

On the Kuban bridgehead

Anti-partisan combat in Montenegro

The Waffen SS in the Battle of Kursk

Waffen SS units in Italy

The Waffen SS rescue the Duce from captivity

Dutch Waffen SS units are inspected

German volunteers from Transylvania join the Waffen SS

Waffen SS units liberate surrounded troops at Cherkassy

60 minutes.

 

TOTAL TIME: 145 MINUTES.

 

DISC FOUR

 

THE WAFFEN SS IN THE BATTLE OF KHARKOV

The Waffen SS takes back the city of Kharkov in March 1943 in one of the very few successful counteroffensives at this stage of the War. Most of the material in the film comes from excerpts from Die Deutsche Wochenschau.

10 minutes.

 

THE WAFFEN SS IN ACTION (1944 - 1945)

A review of the activities of the Waffen SS, mainly on the Eastern Front. Most of the material in the film comes from excerpts from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Contents include:

Estonian volunteers in the Waffen SS

Battles around Lake Pskov

A Waffen SS training school in the Alps

German forces are liberated in Kovel after being encircled

Ritterkreuz holder Leon Degrelle awards his men the Iron Cross

Waffen SS fight the invaders on the Normandy beaches

Heavy fighting in Caen

The SS Hitlerjugend Division in battle

Battling American tanks near St. Lo

Waffen SS troops put down an uprising in Warsaw

The Rumanians drop out of the War

The British are wiped out at Arnheim

Reichsjugendfuhrer Axmann visits the SS Hitlerjugend Division

Soviet units are fought at Debrecen and Oradea

The uprising in Slovakia is put down

SS units liberate a German village in Transylvania

SS men are awarded the Close Quarter Combat Pin in Gold by Reichsfuhrer SS Heinrich Himmler

The Ardennes Offensive is launched on 16 December 1944

Waffen SS units fight on the Oder bridgehead against advancing Soviet units

Fighting in and around Guben

80 minutes.

 

THE WAFFEN SS IN ACTION (1939 - 1944)

A broad review of the activities of the Waffen SS from 1939 - 1944. Most of the material in the film comes from excerpts from Die Deutsche Wochenschau. Contents include:

Units of the SS Totenkopf and SS Verfungstruppe swear loyalty to the Fuhrer at the Feldherrnhalle in Munich

SS Heimwehr units in action in Danzig

The Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler in action in Poland

A demonstration of strength and agility in the Deutschlandhalle before Heydrich and Daluege

An inspection of the SS Regiment Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler

Units of the Waffen SS push towards Belgrade

The SS Leibstandarte in Greece

Waffen SS units in battle outside Kyiv

The advance on Polotsk and Vitebsk

Fighting on the Stalin Line

Waffen SS advance north of Lake Peipus

Fighting around Pskov

Danish SS volunteers swear the oath in Hamburg

Fighting in Valdai Heights

Spanish, Flemish and Dutch SS units in battle

Dutch SS men take a Russian village

Battles around Lake Ilmen

Units of the Waffen SS advance on Kharkov

Anti-partisan battles in the Balkans

German youth in Transylvania volunteer for the Waffen SS

Gebirgsjager of the Waffen SS in the Alps

Fighting in Kovel

Heydrich's funeral in Prague

61 minutes.

  TOTAL TIME: 151 MINUTES.

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TOTAL SERIES DURATION:  533 MINUTES  (almost 9 hours)

   

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