History EditThe Waffen-SS was founded as the armed wing of the SS, and was led by Heinrich Himmler. The Waffen-SS fought in World War II during the Polish Campaign of 1939, the Fall of France in 1940, and other conflicts, recruiting people from occupied countries as members of the SS. The Waffen-SS were comparable to the Einsatzgruppen, who were a branch of the SS who served as execution squads on the Eastern Front.
The Waffen-SS fought on the front lines as elite infantry, famous for their role in the Third Battle of Kharkov in 1943, the Battle of Caen in 1944, and the Battle of Berlin in 1945. During the final battle, the SS Honor Guards defended the Reichstag with their last breaths, and all of the SS troops were killed in the capital building. The Waffen-SS's famous field commanders included Kurt Meyer, Sepp Dietrich, Paul Hausser, Felix Steiner, and Theodore Eicke.