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The Ethnic Germans of the Waffen-SS in Combat: Dregs or Gems?

Valdis O. Lumans

in Scraping the Barrel

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239771
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823239771.003.0011
The Ethnic Germans of the Waffen-SS in Combat: Dregs or Gems?

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Combat performance of the ethnic Germans in the Waffen-SS is a complex question. When manpower standards were high, performance was high. As standards declined performance dropped. However, where the troops' own homes were threatened they performed well; meanwhile the average performance of the Waffen-SS dropped so performance by the ethnic units roughly approximated performance by men born in Germany.

Keywords: World War II; Waffen-SS; Himmler, Heinrich; Balkans; Germany; Prinz Eugen Division

Chapter.  11385 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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