Waffen-SS soldiers under enemy fire during the invasion of Holland.
Waffen-SS – military formations security units.
At first they were called “reserve troops of the SS”. Name “Waffen-SS” (SS troops) was first used in winter 1939-1940. During the Second World War, these units were under personal command Reichsführer SS Heinrich Himmler. Waffen SS units took part both in military actions and in the actions of Einsatzgruppen (operational groups) that carried out genocide peaceful population of occupied countries. At the Nuremberg trial, Waffen SS was charged with war crimes. In conclusion, tribunal declared the members of SS, including SS troops, a criminal group.
Date: May 1940