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    Some photos volunteers in SS ''Galizien'',all of them are volunteers from Western part of Ukraine.From Lviv,Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil (it is my city).
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    More photos.
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    Unknown volunteers

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    Officers of Division:
    1.General Pavlo Shandruk
    2.Untersturmführer SS Yuri Krochmaluk
    3.Hauptsturmführer SS Dmytro Paliev
    4.Sturmbannführer SS Nikolai Palienko
    5.Hauptsturmführer SS P.Silenko
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    1.Unknown soldiers
    2.Division Orchestra
    3.Graduates of the artillery courses in Beneshevo (Czech)
    4.Unknown soldiers
    5.Unknown soldiers
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    1.Sturmbannführer SS Eugene Pobigushchi

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    Division Attributes:

    Flags of Division:

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    1.Earlier version (1943)
    2.Latter version (1944-45)

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    Medals of Division:

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    1.Special Merit Cross, awarded to members of UNA.
    2.Anniversary medal for all members of UNA.
    3.20th anniversary of Galicia Division (1963).
    4.Medal issued after division joined UNA.
    5.Medal ''Battle of Brody''.
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    Uniform Division soldiers:

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    i see General Pavlo didnt have Eagle on his cap.
    and i see an SS pilot(?)

    very interesting pictures. Better if it has some stories

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    Galizien is the bunch that was moved to the UK after the war, it was thought they could prove 'useful' against the Russians.
    "There is no country on the face of the earth to which the principle of citizen-soldiership is so well adapted as our own, for the freedom possessed by Britons is of so general and real a character as to cause the humblest in the land to feel deeply the neccessity of preserving the safety and independence of the nation of which he is a part"

    The Volunteer's book of facts 1863

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Yeoman View Post
    Galizien is the bunch that was moved to the UK after the war, it was thought they could prove 'useful' against the Russians.
    Yes, they was move from Italy,Rimini to Sheffield,UK in 1947.
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    I thought some historical context would be useful here.
    From "Murderous Elite: The Waffen-SS and Its Record of Atrocities" by James Pontolillo, p. 51-54.

    "[...]14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (ukrainische Nr. 1) Crimes in Poland

    At the outset it should be noted that several of the units used to form the 14. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (ukrainische Nr. 1) -- Polizei-Bataillon 201, 31st SD Punitive Detachment, and the Ukrainische Schützmannschaft Bataillon 204 -- had a long prior history of participation in extermination operations. Operating in the rear-areas of Poland and the Ukraine, these units collectively murdered thousands of innocent civilians at Lvov, Tarnopol, Lutsk, Kremianets, Voldymyr, Odessa, Izmail, Mikolaiv, Brailov, Vinnitsia, Luminets, Pidhaitsi, and Ustalych.

    Soon after the division’s recruiting and formation had begun in late April 1943, unidentified elements took part in several anti-partisan operations in Poland which resulted in the wholesale murder of innocent civilians. Its commander at the time was SS-Brigadeführer Walter Schimana. Röhr et al. (1989) reported the following atrocities specifically attributed to the division:

    Date Location District Victims

    6/24/43 Majdan Nowy (Zamosc area) 28
    7/1/43 Kaszow Krakow 26
    7/3/43 Majdan Stary (Zamosc area) 65
    8/15/43 Zagaje (S of Kielce) 68


    Later that year, divisional elements assisted in the deportation of Polish Jews to KL Auschwitz for extermination. On 20 November 1943, SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Freitag took over as divisional commander and would remain so until his suicide (4/27/45).

    By early February 1944, the division had completed most of its general training but was still not ready for action. Nonetheless, HSSPf General Government SS-Obergruppenführer Wilhelm Koppe ordered the partial mobilization of the division to assist with rear-area security duties in southeastern Poland following the Soviet siege of Tarnopol and the resecue of German units entrapped in the Kamenets-Podolsk pocket. The resulting unit, SS-Kampfgruppe Beyersdorff under the command of SS-Obersturmbannführer Friedrich Beyersdorff, was composed of Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 29, Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 30 and miscellaneous anti-tank, artillery and engineer support elements. Under the guise of anti-partisan operations this kampfgruppe destroyed 20 villages in Poland, killed in excess of 5,000 innocent civilians, and shipped another 20,000 civilians off to Germany as slave laborers. Röhr et al. (1989) has summarized a number of these atrocities:

    Date Location District Victims

    2/1-2/44 Borow Lublin ~ 300
    " Goscieradow " 143
    " Szczecyn (SW of Lublin) ~ 200
    " Wolka Szczecka (E of Kielce) ~200
    " Zaklikow (S of Lublin) 217
    3/27/44 Gozdow Lublin 30
    4/1/44 Obrowiec (Zamosc area) 34


    The following crimes of SS-Kampfgruppe Beyersdorff are summarized from more substantial accounts in Korman (1990).

    Chodaczkow Wielki

    On 16 April 1944 elements of SS-Kampfgruppe Beyersdorff entered the town of Chodaczkow Wielki (Tarnopol area) with the apparent intention of exterminating the entire populace. They systematically moved street by street, firing buildings and shooting all civilians they came across. Several small children were caught by SS troopers and hurled into burning buildings to perish in the flames. The conflagration and smoke inevitably drew the attention of the unit’s German command staff which dispatched a motorcycle messenger ordering the men to cease their depredations. By the time the Ukrainian SS troopers had been reined in, 862 innocent civilians lay dead amidst the town’s smoking rubble.

    Huta Pieniacka

    At the beginning of February 1944 units of the Polish resistance, as well as 400 Soviet partisan cavalrymen under General M. Naumov, established themselves in the area of Huta Pieniacka near Brody with the dual purpose of disrupting German forces and protecting the local inhabitants. The previous months had seen local Ukrainian nationalist militia forcibly evacuate villagers from Huta Brodzka, Huta Nowa, Litowosko, Hucisko Litowiskie, Hucisko Pieniackie and Gleboka Bobutycha concentrating them at Huta Pieniacka presumably for no good purpose. The town’s population had swelled to approximately 1,300 individuals as a result of these transfers. Following this influx of resistance forces, several skirmishes occurred with reinforced patrols from SS-Kampfgruppe Beyersdorff. Outnumbered by German security forces, the partisans withdrew from the area.

    On 27 February, German military authorities received erroneous intelligence from Ukrainian sources that arms and ammunition were secretly cached at Huta Pieniacka. A search and secure action was initially authorized, but this was quickly transformed into a “cleansing” action in order to teach the Polish population a lesson. The next morning elements of SS-Kampfgruppe Beyersdorff surrounded the village and attacked in unison on seeing the launch of signal flares. Resistance was practically non-existent: only a few scattered defensive shots were heard initially. Waves of Ukrainian SS-troopers, followed by Ukrainian nationalist militia, swept through the town. Buildings were carefully searched and their occupants driven at gunpoint toward the town’s centrally-located Roman Catholic church. Many civilians were randomly executed along the way and left lying by the side of the road. Buildings were looted of valuables and livestock before being grenaded or fired. Some SS men remained behind lying in wait for anyone hiding in the burning buildings. When desperate civilians emerged, they were mercilessly gunned down. The whole town was soon a confused mass of burning buildings, screaming women, crying children, and the ever-present staccatto of gunfire. Breathing became more and more difficult as the air filled with smoke and the reek of burning bodies.

    At the town center, the women and children were separated out and driven into the church where they were shot to death by their captors. SS troopers then looted and desecrated the church. Meanwhile, the men outside in the town square met a similar fate before the guns of the SS. An unlucky few were horribly tortured before they were executed. With the town destroyed and its inhabitants dead, the men of SS-Kampfgruppe Beyersdorff passed liquor around and, raucously singing, performed a victory march out of town. When the fires died down the next morning, all that remained of Huta Pieniacka was a mass of smoking rubble with an occasional chimney sticking up. More than 1,000 of its residents had been murdered. A lucky few had escaped into the surrounding countryside putting as much distance between themselves and the Ukrainian SS as possible. Today all that exists of Huta Pieniacka is a small memorial and sign that mark the town’s former location.

    Apologists for the Ukrainian Waffen-SS, such as Logusz (1997), have simultaneously discredited and rationalized the massacre at Huta Pieniacka. In their view, the atrocity probably never occured and is simply Polish Communist propaganda. If the massacre actually occurred, however, then it was undoubtedly justified since (according to Ukrainian sources) Huta Pieniacka was a Communist guerilla stronghold that employed women and children in the manufacture of munitions. Revisionists would have us believe that the inhabitants of Huta Pieniacka were legitimate military targets [...]."

    Some more info in my next post.

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