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Loyalty is My Honor, Waffen SS Combat Leadership
Loyalty is My Honor
Waffen SS Combat Leadership
© 2008
264 pages; 29 chapters and 1 appendix
It is now over sixty years since the end of World War II. However, the world’s
fascination with the violently aggressive and pristine fury of
German Waffen SS
combat units
is only growing. Loyalty is My Honor describes the origins of
the German Waffen SS’s supreme lethality and warrior ethos
so feared by
many millions
during World War II. Waffen SS combat power stemmed from a
most useful and workable system of
Waffen SS combat leadership. Loyalty Is
My Honor
describes some elements of that ethos and utilizes certain
characteristics of the SS Liebstabdarte Division and its favorite son, Colonel
Jochen Peiper to uncover some of the
most important facts about World War
II
. It would require several huge volumes to really describe Waffen SS combat
leadership
completely. However, Loyalty Is My Honor: Waffen SS Combat  
Leadership
offers an excellent jump off point and reveals some secrets that
most historians are not aware of.
Review Table of Contents
"Hans Schmidt, a former soldier in the Leibstandarte-SS, described in his book SS Panzergrenadier that the line between
officers and enlisted men within the Waffen SS was thin. Men and officers ate in the same location and enlisted men were
not supposed to be humble to their officers. Schmidt emphasized that SS men never lost their dignity nor their
individualism: 'I never bought the American claim that it is necessary to destroy the individual characteristics of young men
in order to make them better soldiers. I still believe that the will and the voluntary determination to be part of the unit, and
to have sound reasons to be proud of it, was or is far more important. The esprit de corps of the Waffen SS derived to a
not inconsiderable part from the truth that most of our officers and non-coms were themselves good men, and good
comrades.'
There was a form of democracy in the Waffen SS, which was quite unknown in the German Army or in any other Western
army. This breaking down of social and professional barriers between officers and men had its origin in World War I‘s
German Sturmabteilungen (assault battalions). The legacy of the Sturmabteilungen gave a significant and valuable
advantage: especially during operations on the Soviet battlefield, where it became commonplace for officers of senior field
rank to lead combat groups in all-out assaults. In the American Army, generals and even colonels are seldom observed
anywhere near active fighting. In the Waffen SS, generals frequently led where the combat was danger close."
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