Looking good isn’t self-importance, it’s self-respect.

Looking good isn’t self-importance, it’s self-respect.

SS-Standartenführer Gunter d’Alquen in a SS tuxedo with his wife in 1944. Gunter d’Alquen was the Chief of the Propaganda Organisation of the Waffen-SS and commander of the Waffen-SS combat war correspondent unit SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers.

SS-Standartenführer Gunter d’Alquen in a SS tuxedo with his wife in 1944. Gunter d’Alquen was the Chief of the Propaganda Organisation of the Waffen-SS and commander of the Waffen-SS combat war correspondent unit SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers.

Field tunic of an SS-Hauptsturmführer from the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1). It belonged to a German officer who served in the Totenkopf Division, hence the SS-Totenkopfstandarte Oberbayern cuffband, and was transferred to Galicia Division to boost experience in the officer corps. Note the machine-embroidered rampant lion collar patch and the Galician arm shield, with golden-yellow rampant lion, crowns and border on a blue field. His awards and decorations include the Iron Cross Second Class, General Assault Badge and Wound Badge in Gold.

Field tunic of an SS-Hauptsturmführer from the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1). It belonged to a German officer who served in the Totenkopf Division, hence the SS-Totenkopfstandarte Oberbayern cuffband, and was transferred to Galicia Division to boost experience in the officer corps. Note the machine-embroidered rampant lion collar patch and the Galician arm shield, with golden-yellow rampant lion, crowns and border on a blue field. His awards and decorations include the Iron Cross Second Class, General Assault Badge and Wound Badge in Gold.

Portrait of an Ukrainian SS-Schütze (Private) from the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1) taken in late 1944 in Slovakia, where the division was stationed. Of special interest apart from the machine-embroidered rampant lion collar patch is the Totenkopf (Death’s Head) insignia on his field cap.

Portrait of an Ukrainian SS-Schütze (Private) from the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1) taken in late 1944 in Slovakia, where the division was stationed. Of special interest apart from the machine-embroidered rampant lion collar patch is the Totenkopf (Death’s Head) insignia on his field cap.

SS-Hauptscharführer Jaroslav Kunitsky, born in 1926, was one of the youngest officers in the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1). He was one of the 2000 Ukrainian NCOs who were sent to Germany in 1943 to be trained. This excellent portrait shot clearly shows the rampant lion collar patch. Kunitsky died in 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

SS-Hauptscharführer Jaroslav Kunitsky, born in 1926, was one of the youngest officers in the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1). He was one of the 2000 Ukrainian NCOs who were sent to Germany in 1943 to be trained. This excellent portrait shot clearly shows the rampant lion collar patch. Kunitsky died in 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

The commander of the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1) SS-Oberführer Fritz Freitag (left) with a Ukrainian translator at a swearing in ceremony for Ukrainian soldiers who finished their military training, winter of 1943-1944.
They took this solemn oath: "I swear before God this holy oath, that in the battle against Bolshevism, I will give absolute obedience to the commander in chief of the German Armed Forces Adolf Hitler, and as a brave soldier I will always be prepared to lay down my life for this oath. So help me God!”

The commander of the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1) SS-Oberführer Fritz Freitag (left) with a Ukrainian translator at a swearing in ceremony for Ukrainian soldiers who finished their military training, winter of 1943-1944.

They took this solemn oath: "I swear before God this holy oath, that in the battle against Bolshevism, I will give absolute obedience to the commander in chief of the German Armed Forces Adolf Hitler, and as a brave soldier I will always be prepared to lay down my life for this oath. So help me God!”

The parade of the Ukrainians troops from the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1) which pass in review in front of Heinrich Himmler at Neuhammer Training Grounds, spring of 1944. Watching the parade from left to right: Fritz Freitag (commander of the division), Heinrich Himmler, Dr. Otto von Wächter (Governor of Galicia) and an unknown SS-Obersturmbannführer.

The parade of the Ukrainians troops from the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1) which pass in review in front of Heinrich Himmler at Neuhammer Training Grounds, spring of 1944. Watching the parade from left to right: Fritz Freitag (commander of the division), Heinrich Himmler, Dr. Otto von Wächter (Governor of Galicia) and an unknown SS-Obersturmbannführer.

Ukrainian soldiers from the 14. Waffen Grenadier Division der SS Galicia (ukrainische Nr 1) in the midst of a training exercises as they practice how to capture an undamaged bridge, perform a simulation of an amphibious assault of enemy river bank, and train in the marshy swamps. Neuhammer training area in Silesia in spring of 1944.

He who wants to live must fight, and he who does not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle does not deserve to live. Adolf Hitler
Galician SS go into battle!

He who wants to live must fight, and he who does not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle does not deserve to live. Adolf Hitler

Galician SS go into battle!