History is written by cowards and in many cases as it is with Winston Churchill; mass murders. The human race has lived in bondage for a thousand years and in that time only one movement has ever been made to change that appalling fact. The cowards and the mass murderers have done their best to malign and slander that movement but there is a mystic aura left in its wake that all their sniveling cannot wipe away.
As Dylan said, “they say the darkest hour is right before the dawn.” But even in the darkest hour the Morning Star pierces the night sky with the promise of a new day. We will be examining the movement, and the valiant men and woman of that movement. Let us only hope there enough real men and woman left among us to live up to the standards they wrote in their own blood seventy-five years ago… – JH
The SS have already gone down in history as the industrial eras answer to the Greek Spartans. No competent historian can deny, love them or hate them, that they were men of valor not seen in a thousand years of recorded western history. As a military force they were peerless and extracted a toll from those who took them on in the battlefield that only a country the size of Russia could ever hope to endure. We know the SS now for their ruthless fanaticism which resulted in atrocities just as unprecedented as their martial skills, but the truth is the evil reputation of the SS traces not back to their enemies but to General Franz Halder.
Halder was Hitler’s chief of staff of the Wehrmacht till September of 1942 when it became apparent that he, either through incompetence or treason like much of the German high command, was almost singlehandedly losing the war for Germany and he was dismissed. “A post war de-Nazification panel judged Halder’s earlier conduct a “complete betrayal of his country.” (1)
Halder issued orders to the Wehrmacht to exterminate whole villages in Russia and shoot commissars and Jews on sight, but for his services to empire in selling out his country this was all pretty much ignored after the war and Halder became the go to guy for British and American historians on the war. He used this position to relentlessly propagate the myths of the bumbling Hitler and the evil SS, whom he blamed for the Wehrmacht’s war crimes. – Jack Heart
1 – Internet Archive. 2020. Betrayal in the East p 301, Hitlers Revolution By Richard Tedor: Free Download, Borrow, And Streaming : Internet Archive. [online] Available at: https://archive.org/details/HitlersRevolutionByRichardTedor_201606/page/n297/mode/2up
Below is an assessment of the SS by a career military man, our readers know as Phil, using Hitlers Revolution by Richard Tedor as his source:
A review of the Waffen SS section of chapter 5 in Hitler’s Revolution.
“I think the most important sentence is the entire section is this: “The Waffen SS demonstrates how National Socialism’s emphasis on personal initiative created the opportunity for flexibility and development on an unprecedented scale.”
As one looks back at military history one of the primary questions that arises is why did this occur; why was there a Waffen SS? During the beginnings of National Socialism, just as Hitler became Chancellor, there was much subversive activity in the nation, the goal of which was to destroy the new administration and replace it with Communism.
The true National security issues led to the formation of an SS military branch. When Hitler became chancellor, Communists were still numerous in Germany. They hijacked 150 tons of explosives, of which just 15 tons had been recovered by the police by mid-March 1933. The exiled Communist Wilhelm Piech issued a proclamation in September, calling for a general strike and “armed insurrection by the majority of the German proletariat “to topple the” Hitler dictatorship. The police were neither equipped nor trained to suppress a possible uprising. The German army was not psychologically suited to wage urban warfare against elements of the indigenous population.
The police and army were not capable of the action necessary to stop the Communists. This is reminiscent of the date of my writing here. This then begs the question what kind of force could and would succeed in the mission to eradicate Communism from the nation? My simple answer is to start with men of character proven warriors, who believed with their entire being in the vision of what their nation was becoming. The men should all have experience as fighters, been in the battles and shown that they have what is necessary to win. Take these already special men, train them to razor sharpness for the specific mission and mission accomplishment will follow. The more difficult the mission, the more specific the training needed to be.
The men who were to train this new, new to the 20th century, warrior were men who had acquitted themselves well during WWI. The development of Shock Troops during the latter years of the war was a great success and provided a view of the ideal types of training.
WWI Shock Troops were a great asset. “They were of different spirit than the mobilized masses. . .. In a world of standardization of soldiering, they proved that better trained, hand-picked soldiers, mastering the military technology of the times, were a match for any vastly superior, collective soldierly mass.” Those who developed the SS training program had much experience from WWI. That experience and knowing that which they believed would suit the Fuhrer’s purpose, led to the development of the VT training programs. This was the birth of the Waffen SS, officially titled the Verfügungstruppe from 1935-1940. Abbreviated to VT, the expression translates literally as “Availability Troop,” meaning ready for immediate deployment.
The character of an elite warrior, a man of war, is of great importance to their military unit’s ability to successfully complete their mission, and to their society that they may eventually return to. It has been my experience that those with strong values and a concrete moral underpinning tend to be very successful and have the least problems when they return to society. This section and the entire book for that matter, address, character both national and individual.
Its (VT) members generally possessed better comprehension of the movement’s political objectives. The Junker School s’ (SS Training Academy) goal was to produce men of refined, fearless character, chivalrous with an unblemished sense of honor and obedience, displaying helpfulness, camaraderie, and willingness to accept responsibility. Impeccable deportment in public and cultivation of family values were also prerequisites.”
I see many parallels of lessons learned by the US and German military leadership after WWI. As those lessons have the added the experiences of WWII and Korea the US Army developed a special fulltime force trained and ready at a moment’s notice to respond to Presidential orders as his shock troops. The development, selection and training is quite similar to the Verfügungstruppe, the Waffen SS, the Availability Troop. I refer of course to the US Army Special Forces, the Green Berets.
As I read through this section I don’t directly see a key point that I know is required and it is where I started this review. That missing point is the development of the soldier’s spirit and vision, those things which belong to the soul. Mind and body can accomplish much, add the soul as the motivator and nothing but greatness can follow. So how did those schools cultivate the spirit? Many I believe came to the schools having already developed the spirit in combat or life. Belief in the ideal, religious type fervor comes from the soul and is enough to cause soldiers to climb into lion’s den. The ideal vision of National Socialism inculcated in the warriors coupled with the knowledge that they had the ability to effect the outcome of that vision is what I believe drove the SS to high excellence.” – Phil
Great comments on the book by Richard Tedor. I finished it last week and it is a real polished work. As Phil mentionned, the emphasis on the values Hitler infused in Germany completely demystyfies the vicious lies which are still propagating on these men of valor and what they stood for. We can still sense a glimpse of this past valor and industriousness in some germans of today even if they happen to believe these lies. It was really saddening to read the diplomatic part of the book with Hitler trying to establish win-win cooperations while being slandered and insulted in the process. At the same moment the bolsheviks were trying to subvert the country. I was outraged to learn of the scope of treasons among the german high command. Truly staggering ! Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh are lauding Claus Von Stauffenberg for the attempts on Hitler’s live in their book Secret Germany, but Richard Tedor explains it best when he says those aristocrats didn’t like this new society based on merit, courage and leadership and wanted to maintain their predominance by a poor plot. They were totally helpless after the bomb detonated. They completely lacked vision beyond what they tried to accomplish… What Hitler did will survive the lies and be the basis for the man to come, even if those men cherishing the same values today know it not. As a French, I was really angered to read again the British murder of our navy troops during the event of Mers El Khebir. Just because France wanted to uphold their promise to the germans, those so called allies sent their plane to kill more than a thousand sailors. The same spirit of falsness and lies is still giving birth to this kind of untermensch. Those bastards who wear the moral high ground as a shining garment. They still can’t hide their soiled pants as hard as they try. But their time is expirating…
Romain I had similar thoughts and feelings while reading the book. We’ll look at other aspects in the next few articles. The aristocracy traitors should have seen that empire did not have an issue with Hitler, but the German people as a whole. It was not just the industry, trade and science, but very much also poets and philosophers running counter. A whole different world view, a radical challenge to soulless materialism.
Because it was such a formidable challenge, it is so demonized as ultimate evil, to the point of that Germans today are almost completely divorced from their past. Every look back is filtered through those 12 years. This far, the propagandists have been setting the agenda. Time to change that.
I will focus on the volunteers of the Waffen SS, millions of them from Norway, Denmark Netherlands, Belgium, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Romania among others. Combined, the book assess that they were not necessarily fighting for Germany, but to rise Europe in a new spirit and most of all stopping the Bolshevik onslaught. The fight wasn’t driven by 19th century nationalism, nor Imperialism, but leadership by example in case of officers, regardless of their previous station in life. The new man, forged in battles and hardships, rooted in that German enlightenment as a counter to hollow materialism and Komissar misery. The book claims they challenged the ideology of races by the National Socialist party. The SS also stood together in defeat, Odessa comes to mind. All in all, a start to talk about the lessons beyond atrocity propaganda, one side hasn’t gotten their stories heard, their graves unmourned or spit upon. This goes for the soldiers and the civil population as well. The wound still festers east of the Elbe and Danube, and there is still dynamic use for our future, less we want to shape our coming twenties thirties forties of this century differently. Past present future