The fighting soldiers of the SS quickly established a reputation for ferocious fanaticism and military professionalism both in attack as well as defense. But it quickly grew into one of the most brutal, fanatical and feared military organizations in history. By the end of World War Two it had grown to an armed force of over 1 million men, spread across 28 divisions.
We have expanded this section to contain other elements of the German Army in Europe between 1939 and 1945.
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View a little bit of history on Hitler's infamous visit to Paris, June 1940.