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Waffen-SS Propaganda Poster by Valkyrja-Skuld Waffen-SS Propaganda Poster by Valkyrja-Skuld
La Gleize War Museum, Baugnez/Malmédy, Belgium.

This propaganda poster calls Belgian youth to enlist in the Foreign Volunteer Divisions of the Waffen-SS. The main logic of this propaganda was the "Red Scare", the anti-Communist feelings harbored by many a young man these days.

The caption says: "By fighting on the Eastern Front with the SS-PanzerDivision "Wallonie", you fight for your nation Belgium!"

All of the uniforms, equipment, insignas...displayed in this museum are period, not repros. During their respective retreats, both Allied and German forces left behind huge quantities of equipment, part of it in very good state. True eye-candy!
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Kellkrull87 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Thanks for the link, but I know the history of this division quite well. I'm from Belgium and Léon Degrelle, its commander, is my compatriot.
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
An effective propaganda tool! Patriotism and hate for the communists.
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Valkyrja-Skuld Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Here in Belgium where I live, there were 2 volunteer W-SS Division: Wallonia and Langemarck.
Surprisingly enough for external observers, most of these young volunteers were not true-blue National-Socialists per se, but considered Stalin a bigger menace than Hitler. They were afraid Communism would swallow many European countries, and that these countries' national identity would be lost. Which is exactly what happened, btw.
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GUDRUN355 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thanks for your reply. They had a valid fear. I can readily believe that they were willing to sacrifice to keep their national identitity.
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