The 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Galician) prior to 1944 titled the 14th SS-Volunteer Division was a World War II German military formation made up predominantly of military volunteers with a Ukrainian ethnic background from the area of Galicia, later also with some Slovaks and Czechs. Formed in 1943, it was largely destroyed in the battle of Brody, reformed, and saw action in Slovakia, Yugoslavia and Austria before being renamed the first division of the Ukrainian National Army and surrendering to the Western Allies by 10 May 1945.
From 1943 on, the Waffen SS included many volunteer units
from the occupied countries - even in Western Europe - whose members believed they were answering the call to save Europe from the Bolsheviks. A job that might have been a lot easier if Hitler hadn't poked the hornet's nest in the first place...
posted on 06/09/2019 1:20:45 PM PDT
by Mr. Jeeves
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