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Archival Video

Degrelle and Hitler. German Newsreel Excerpt, Hitler congratulates SS Generals Lieb and Gille and decorates Belgium Fascist Léon Degrelle for escaping Russian encirclement at Cherkassy, 1944. National Archives Record Group 242. Film242.MID2485. [13 MB.]

Legion Flandern. German Newsreel Excerpt, the Legion Flandern on is way to the Russian front. National Archives Record Group 242. Film 242.Mid4221. [3.2 MB.]

LVF rally, Velodrom d'Hiver, Paris. German Newsreel Excerpt, Jacques Doriot addresses volunteers and supporters of the "Legion of French Volunteers" in the Velodrom d'Hiver, Paris, 1944. National Archives Record Group 242. Film 242.252. [9.9 MB.]

Loyalty Oaths. German Newsreel Excerpt, French, Norwegian, and Spanish troops sworn into service. National Archives Record Group 242. Film 242.Mid4221. [3.2 MB.]

Footage of an Assault Gun StG IIIG in action, c.1943. The SS Wallonien seems alone of the assault brigades and their division expansions to have actually received and placed into action the organic armored assault guns, turretless tanks that provided shock and firepower. National Archives Record Group 242. Film242.254. [14.6 MB.]

Steiner and Degrelle. German Newsreel Excerpt, Léon Degrelle and General Steiner confer, probably at Narva, 1944. National Archives Record Group 242. Film242.301. [2.7 MB.]

Vidkun Quisling and German officers. German Newsreel Excerpt, Vidkun Quisling and German officers review Norwegian fascist units and SS troops of the "Viking" Div. In Oslo, 1944 [this date is suspect, I estimate 1941/42 winter]. National Archives Record Group 242. Film 242.243. [18.8 MB.]

Volunteers in the Danish Freikorps Danmark take their oaths to Hitler as commander in chief at their barracks in Hamburg, July 1941. National Archives Record Group 242. Film 242.Mid4221. [3.5 MB.]

Walloon Parade. German Newsreel Excerpt, Léon Degrelle and his Walloon Brigade are decorated in Charleroi, Belgium, for their heroism at Cherkassy, Russia. The troops are reviewed by Degrelle and SS-Gen. Joseph "Sepp" Dietrich and paraded through Brussels, 1944. National Archives Record Group 242. Film 242.254. [27.4 MB.]

War Against Russia. All Europe against Bolshevism. In Belgium recruiting offices are crowded with men eager to volunteer. National Archives Record Group 242. Film 242.MID2485 [4.5 MB.]

War Against Russia. The Spanish Blue Division arrives at Irun, 1941. National Archives Record Group 242. Films 242.Mid4221 and 242.MID2485. [9.7 MB.]


Fernand Kaisergruber Video

Brussels, 26-28 Oct 02, interview by author
Interpreter: Geneviève Perrin

FK on what was close combat in German military system. [22.4 MB.]

FK muses on the soldier and courage. [27.4 MB.]

FK was a young university student, member of the Rex party at the time of WWII. [5.6 MB.]

Describes flight of Refugees from Brussels to Hannover where final Walloon SS units formed from all sources of manpower. [59.8 MB.]

Degrelle wanted good officers to prevent Germans taking over command; he was the only major political figure to serve. [25.6 MB.]

Degrelle in command of an infantry company was filling an honorific post. [16 MB.]

Bordeaux June '40, FK first impression of German troops after the Armistice. [32.8 MB.]

Describes Russian tank overrunning wounded at Cherkassy. [47.8 MB.]

Last Fight at Schönberg, South of main position Walloons held and fought at Stettin. [161.6 MB.]

Comments on the commanders of the Walloon Legion through early 1944. [100.5 MB.]

Describes departure of first contingent and need to replace many after first 6 months of campaign. [73.7 MB.]

Relates agreement reached in case Lippert died. [36.7 MB.]

FK leaves Brussels with family, for Bordeaux, May 1940. [45.3 MB.]

Oct 1941, FK tries to join WaffenSS, changed to Walloon Legion at home. [74 MB.]

FK expelled from university in 1941, decides to seek work in Germany, spring 1941. [44.1 MB.]

FK in Bordeaux as refugee, tries to enlist or find local work, June 1940. [56.1 MB.]

FK joins contingent in 1942 intended to replace losses of winter campaign. [118.6 MB.]

This collection of videos is ©2003 Kenneth W. Estes, with permission of the subject, Fernand Kaisergruber.

 

A European Anabasis — Western European Volunteers
in the German Army and SS, 1940-1945