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Nazi meglomania on full display

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34 Star Wars Behind The Scene Photos You Might Not Have Seen Before (Part 5)

34 Star Wars Behind The Scene Photos You Might Not Have Seen Before (Part 5)

SS-Panzer-Division “Wiking” in formation. Tampere, 1943. Young recruits

SS-Panzer-Division “Wiking” in formation. Tampere, 1943. Young recruits

Norwegian volunteers are given a medical examination by Waffen SS doctors. The volunteers eventually formed the Waffen SS Division Nordland, also known as the Norwegian Legion

Norwegian volunteers are given a medical examination by Waffen SS doctors. The volunteers eventually formed the Waffen SS Division Nordland, also known as the Norwegian Legion

A newspaper seller with posters of headlines announcing the German invasion of Norway, 1940.

A newspaper seller with posters of headlines announcing the German invasion of Norway, 1940.

Otto Günsche (24 September 1917 – 2 October 2003) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen-SS and a member of 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler before he became Adolf Hitler’s personal adjutant. He was captured by soldiers of the Red Army on 2 May, 1945. After various prisons and labor camps in the USSR, he was released from Bautzen Penitentiary on 2 May 1956. Günsche died of heart failure at his home in Lohmar, North Rhine-Westphalia in 2003. He had three children.

Otto Günsche (24 September 1917 – 2 October 2003) was a Sturmbannführer (Major) in the Waffen-SS and a member of 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler before he became Adolf Hitler’s personal adjutant. He was captured by soldiers of the Red Army on 2 May, 1945. After various prisons and labor camps in the USSR, he was released from Bautzen Penitentiary on 2 May 1956. Günsche died of heart failure at his home in Lohmar, North Rhine-Westphalia in 2003. He had three children.

In the middle of 1944, the battlefronts began moving toward the German Reich. Starting in September of that year, all men between the ages 16 and 60 who were capable of bearing weapons were forced to defend the country in the People’s Army [Volkssturm], the National Socialists’ last stand against impending defeat. Inadequately trained and poorly armed, they were supposed to continue the war on German soil.

In the middle of 1944, the battlefronts began moving toward the German Reich. Starting in September of that year, all men between the ages 16 and 60 who were capable of bearing weapons were forced to defend the country in the People’s Army [Volkssturm], the National Socialists’ last stand against impending defeat. Inadequately trained and poorly armed, they were supposed to continue the war on German soil.

Men of the Volksturm, Berlin 1945.

Men of the Volksturm, Berlin 1945.

HJ Volkssturm, defenders of Berlin, April 1945

HJ Volkssturm, defenders of Berlin, April 1945