View Full Version : OT: British SS volunteers. What became of them?

08-09-2006, 08:34 PM
Just wondering. I heard there were a small number of POW's that joined the SS and served in Russia. A unit was formed, and they even had little Union Jack collar tabs or somesuch. I was wondering what their fate was. If any of them survived the war and what happened to those that did.

Does anybody know?

08-09-2006, 08:53 PM
Actually they had the three lions on red ground on their collar, a cuff band with the unit's title and the Union Jack below the eagle on the left sleeve.
Only very few served in this Freikorps, ca. 50 men and they were notoriously undisciplined. The unit was set up in 1944 and the only action they saw was Berlin 1945, when they were attached to the 11. SS-Voluntary Mechanized Infantry Division (Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadierdivision) "Nordland". A few died.

The survivors were just imposed a fine in England, the only one hung for treason was John Amery, son of a minister in Churchills cabinet. Although there are still some members of this unit alive, they are reluctant to talk about it.

From: G.Williamson: "The SS: Hitler's Instrument of Terror"

08-10-2006, 02:19 AM
link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Free_Corps)

08-10-2006, 05:07 AM
Another link


08-10-2006, 05:34 AM
A good few SS quickly joind the FFL at the end of the war and escaped prosecution.
I've seen it noted that a number of those ended up at Dien Bien Phu.

08-10-2006, 07:50 AM
Very interesting; a slice of history I never knew of before. Thank You!