SS Volunteer Legion “Niederlande”

"Neues Europa"


Published in “Siegrunen” Magazine – Vol. V, No.4, Number 28, January 1982

By Richard Landwehr

After the German declaration of war on the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941, the Reich Commissioner for the Occupied Netherlands, Dr. Arthur Seyss-Inquart, addressed the Dutch nation and called for the creation of a national legion to join the Germans in the struggle against communism. The former chief of the Dutch Army general staff, Lt. General H.A. Seyffardt, offered his services and was instrumental in helping gain recruits for the new formation. He was appointed honorary commander of the Dutch SS Legion, a position which he held until his death.

While most of the first Legion volunteers came from the ranks of the Dutch National Socialist Movement (N.S.B.) led by Anton Mussert, a great effort was made to attract former Dutch Army members by offering to restore old ranks and…

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8 Jun 1940


Major General Erwin Rommel, then commander of the 7th Panzer Division, with captured. British officers in Cherbourg, France.


German 5th and 7th Panzer Divisions crossed the Seine River in France, and the troops of the 5th Panzer Division captured the city of Rouen.


An abandoned Belgian T-13 tank destroyer is inspected by German soldiers.


Panzer IV crew from Division at Rouen, Normandy, France August Boulevard des Belges, just after crosing the Seine River.



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