interesting point of view, but I am sure you are not right at all with that. there is a quite actual book from a british historian (forgot the name) who relates on combat reports and he comes to the concusion that the waffen-ss was indeed a very effective unit by all means. you point out the losses, but do not forget that the SS like the wehrmacht ALWAYS (expect the early years of the blitzkrieg) fought against superior enemies, they were always outclassed by numbers and often by other facts. the russian losses were even higher, btw.
As far as a combat organization goes, I rate the waffen ss on the low side of distinction. Favored with better pay, superior/more equipment, & generally better conditions than the wehrmacht, this organization acheived no better results IF even as good as the wehrmacht.The waffen ss seems to me to be better suited to serving tables & playing mandolins than trying to be elite soldiers.
the SS was alway the front-feuerwehr, which means they were put in action, where the combat was really hot. alone this is a sign that the waffen-ss could not be bunch of dish-serving mandoline-playing idiots you maybe know from stupid us-movies.
a general thing at last: the biggest problem of this forum is that we are ALL talking abouth things we DO NOT REALLY KNOW. we all have to relate to different sources and it is always a quesion of belief - in which source you believe (more). for my side, I am sure that the SS was mostly better than the wehrmacht-units and not worse than any allied-troops.
Last edited by Flammpanzer; 03-05-2007 at 08:23 AM.
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