Recruiting poster of the Waffen-SS

Creation of the Waffen-SS Before Germany went to war the term Waffen-SS had not been coined. The small units which at the beginning of World War II had a strength of 18,000 men were to grow into a formidable army of nearly one million which had earned a reputation for ruthlessness and the grudging respect of not only the German Army, to which it was subordinated, but also the armies against which it fought. As soon as Hitler came to power he entrusted the Reichsführer (Reichs Leader) of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, with the task of forming an armed SS … learn more