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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:
 
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.
 
The film quality varies depending on the film source (from poor to very good). The film is in German with switchable English subitles. De-logoing in upper left hand corner; intrusive. Total duration: 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.
 
Unsharp, but watchable film quality. The film is in German with switchable English subtitles. Total duration: 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.
 
For the most part, the film quality is outstandingly good. The film has no dialogue; German military music plays in the background (including, appropriately enough, Der Marsch der finnischen Reiterei). Total duration: 6 minutes.
 
TOTAL TIME: 136 MINUTES.
 
IN GERMAN WITH SWITCHABLE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
 
FILM QUALITY AS DESCRIBED IN EACH SECTION. REGION FREE.
 
 
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; reviewing Dutch Nazi youth; etc.
 
The film quality overall is very good and bordering on excellent. The film is in Dutch with no subitles. Total duration: 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.
 
Film quality varies, but ranges, overall, from very good to excellent. The film is in Dutch with no subtitles. Total duration: 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.
 
For the most part, the film quality is outstandingly good. In Dutch with no subtitles. Total duration: 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.
 
The film quality varies and ranges from very good to excellent. The film is in Dutch with no subitles. Total duration: 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.
 
Film quality overall is excellent. The film is in Dutch with no subtitles. Total duration: 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.
 
Film quality varies, but mostly good to very good. In Latvian with no subtitles. Total duration: 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.
 
The film quality varies and ranges from good to excellent. The film is in Latvian with no subitles. Total duration: 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.
 
Film quality overall is excellent. De-logoing in the bottom right hand corner; mildly intrusive. The film is in French with no subtitles. Total duration: 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.
 
Film quality varies, but mostly excellent. De-logoing in bottom right hand corner; mildly intrusive. In French with no subtitles. Total duration: 12 minutes.
 
TOTAL TIME: 101 minutes
 
IN VARIOUS LANGUAGES WITH NO SUBTITLES.
 
FILM QUALITY AS DESCRIBED IN EACH SECTION. REGION FREE.
 
 
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
The film quality varies depending on the film source (from poor to very good). The film is in German with switchable English subitles. Total duration: 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
The film quality varies depending on the film source (from poor to very good). The film is in German with switchable English subitles. Total duration: 60 minutes.
 
TOTAL TIME: 145 MINUTES.
 
IN GERMAN WITH SWITCHABLE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
 
FILM QUALITY AS DESCRIBED IN EACH SECTION. REGION FREE.
 
 
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.
Decent film quality. The film is in German with hard-encoded English subitles. Total duration: 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
The film quality varies depending on the film source (from poor to very good). The film is in German with switchable English subitles. Total duration: 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
The film quality varies depending on the film source (from poor to very good). The film is in German with switchable English subitles. Total duration: 61 minutes.
 
TOTAL TIME: 151 MINUTES.
IN GERMAN WITH SWITCHABLE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
FILM QUALITY AS DESCRIBED IN EACH SECTION. REGION FREE.
 
TOTAL FILM DURATION:  533 MINUTES  (almost 9 hours)



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