Richard Schulze-Kossens

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Richard Schulze-Kossens, the son of a Prussian Army officer, was born in Berlin on 2nd October, 1914. After graduating in 1934 he joined the Hitler’s personal bodyguard regiment – Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler. He later recalled: “Volunteers were specially selected for their height and athletic prowess. It was a select troop of fine men who underwent a particularly hard and thorough training. So obviously one could get them to do things in their training that one couldn’t do with ordinary soldiers.”

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In 1936 Schulze-Kossens graduated from the SS officers’ academy. The following year he served as adjutant to Theodor Eicke. Schulze-Kossens was seconded to the Foreign Office and accompanied Joachim von Ribbentrop to Moscow for the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact in August 1939.

During the Second World War Schulze-Kossens fought with the Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler in Poland in 1939. The following year he was involved in the invasion of France and Belgium. His troops were later accused of war crimes: “Let me say as a soldier I condemn all crimes regardless of who committed them, whether by us or by others, and that includes the crimes committed against captured SS men after the capitulation. But I make no reproaches in that respect. I am not recriminating, I only want to say that in war, amongst the mass of soldiers, there are always elements who develop criminal tendencies, and I can only condemn them. I would not say that the Waffen-SS was typically criminal, but there are well-known incidents. I don’t want to excuse anything, but I must say one thing which is, that it is natural in war, during hot and heavy fighting, for young officers to sometimes lose their nerve. I want to mention one example of this, Tulle in France, where a company found the bodies of sixty German soldiers who had not been killed in action but murdered. There they lie wounded and mutilated, and then in an instant there is a desire for revenge and they lose their nerve.”

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According to Andrew Mollo, the author of To The Death’s Head: The Story of the SS (1982): “In October 1941 with the rank of major, he followed in his late brother’s footsteps and became an orderly officer at Hitler’s headquarters and from October 1942 until December 1944 he was Hitler’s personal adjutant.” In January 1945, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, took command of the Waffen-SS Officers’ Academy at Bad Tolz. When the Red Army entered Nazi Germany, Schulze-Kossens was put in charge of the SS-Grenadierdivision Nibelungen. In April 1945 he took part in the bitter fighting at Vohburg, Landshut, Pastetten and Chiemsee.

Schulze-Kossens surrendered to the United States Army on 8th May 1945. He later recalled: “I was then sent to thirteen different camps where in all honesty I must say the prisoners were badly treated. I was beaten. I was handcuffed, put into a jeep and taken twice to Nuremberg as a defence witness. During our first year of imprisonment the treatment was so bad that it didn’t conform to the Geneva Convention. Bearing in mind that we had been taken prisoner in Germany it was only after five months that we were allowed to write to our families. Half the camp was undernourished and I had to start a hunger strike. I think we were subjected to special treatment, because the Americans thought we were the hard cases, but in 1946-1947 things began to get better.”

Schulze-Kossens was released in 1948 and worked for the next few years as a salesman. Schulze-Kossens was interviewed and appeared in the television documentary, The World at War (1973-74). However, he initially refused to be interviewed for an English documentary on the Waffen-SS: “I am not prepared to give an interview which begins with the events in the concentration camps, which will inevitably stir up feelings against the SS. As an officer in the former Waffen-SS I am not interested in allowing myself to be defamed again in England if our troops are again to be associated with the events in the concentration camps… I want to take this opportunity to say how deeply it would offend me to have our troops portrayed once again as a sort of ‘soldateska’ who committed a string of war crimes.”

Richard Schulze-Kossens died in Düsseldorf on 3rd July, 1988.

 

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Poleaxed

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In addition to the 1922 illegal annexation of West Prussia, Silesia and Poznan, and Danzig blockade, Poland, until the outbreak of war, was guilty of repeated anti-German pogroms, provocations, pillage and border violations. Germany’s response to Poland’s attacks on their frontiers on September 1939 was known as the Defensive War in Germany.

The conciliatoriness of Adolf Hitler was the opposite of the territorially ambitious leader he is described as. Hitler’s keenest supporters were bemused when in 1934 their Chancellor ceded territory to which Poland had no legal right. A bitter compromise, Adolf Hitler did so in a vain attempt at appeasement. He regarded peace between Germany and Poland as being more important than territory-based conflict. Such facts are airbrushed out of the palace media’s propaganda.

There is similar victors’ vagueness as to the contemporary military strength of the German and Polish protagonists. If the topic is touched upon at all the suggestion is that Poland’s armed forces were far weaker than were the Reich’s. The outbreak of WWII is painted up as a Goliath against David struggle; Poland of course being the hapless David.

Such is the shameless victors’ propaganda. The term revisionist has been applied to those who question the allies’ account of World War Two. In fact, the term revisionist is far more appropriate to palace media whose toxic pen-pushers turn truth on its head.

Poland’s pre-war declared intention to invade the German Reich would not have been credible unless Poland had the means to carry out its threat. This suggests that Poland’s armed forces were superior to those of the Reich; they were. Polish anti-German belligerency rested on Poland’s dreadful omnipotent means of waging war on its appeasing neighbour.

Poland‘s war preparedness was far ahead of Germany‘s. Over a period of twenty years Poland created a one million man army. The Baltic nation’s armed forces were far bigger than was the then British Empire’s.

In 1939, Poland possessed thirty fully modernized infantry divisions backed up by a National Defence of 100,000 National Reservists. The Cavendish Encyclopaedia described the then Polish Army as ‘one of the largest in the world’. An armoured brigade of 300 tanks supported the Polish infantry. This puts the lie to the myth that theirs was an operatic cavalry defence force.

The Poles did have 37 horse regiments. So did other nations at the time including Britain and the United States. Britain had a Camel Corps that was finally disbanded only in 1944. At the outbreak of WWII over 50 per-cent of the German military defence system was horse drawn.

The Poles in 1939 operated a modern navy of five submarines, four naval destroyers, six minesweepers and a minelayer. The Polish Navy continued to fight long after their capital fell in October 1939. On April 8, 1940, seven months after the outbreak of war, the German transport Rio de Janeiro was sunk by the Polish submarine Orzel.

The Poles had in their arsenal an air fleet of over 1,000 aircraft. These included long-range medium bombers specifically designed for aggressive warfare. The advanced P.37 Elk medium bomber was considerably faster than its German counterpart the Heinkel HE 111 H-16.

Smigly Rydz, always decorated like a Christmas tree

The premier fighter of the Polish Air Force was the nimble PZL P.11. This aircraft was more than a formidable adversary against its German counterparts. The downing of 285 Luftwaffe aircraft during Germany’s Defensive War is testimony to Poland’s military airborne abilities.

Never mentioned is that Poland had only one border to defend. Germany was obliged to simultaneously defend its western borders from French and British declarations of war, threats and invasions. Britain and France declared war on the Reich; both nations invaded the Reich before the Reich mounted a defense. Unfortunately, we now live in an Orwellian world in which the aggressor is described as the victim. Today, the NATO threatened Russia, Iran; destroyed Syria and Libya, are described as aggressors.

Irony is that Poland’s anti-German posturing was bolstered by British and French promises to come to their aid in the event that the Reich would respond militarily; the Poles were deceived by Perfidious Albion. Having goaded the Poles into attacking Germany’s borders the Poles were abandoned to their well-deserved fate.

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The French in September 1939 didn’t have much stomach for a set-to whilst England failed to send the promised military hardware. Westminster and Whitehall had little or nothing to send to the Poles. What does seem to be incomprehensible is that the dim-witted Polish regime failed to first ascertain that Britain had the military means to back up their promises. Most people at the time would not have purchased a second hand car from the duplicitous Winston Churchill or his cohorts.

On February 1, 1945, Poland’s General Anders chided Winston Churchill for not underwriting England’s guarantees of aid. General Anders reproached England’s war lord.

“What shall we say to our soldiers Soviet Russia is now confiscating half of our territory and wants the remaining part of Poland to be managed according to her own fashion? We know from experience where that leads.”

England’s unelected premier replied: “You yourself are to blame for that. We did not guarantee your eastern frontiers. Today we have enough soldiers and do not need your aid. You can remove your divisions. We are not using them anymore.”

“You did not say that during the last few years,” replied the disappointed General Anders.

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