9. SS Panzer-Division ‘Hohenstaufen’ Living History Group (UK) – Waffen SS Re-enactment

Willkommen to our Waffen SS Re-enactment Living History Group (UK) focused on the 9. SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen.

We are a small group based in England (UK), which started in May 2015 and has now grown to about 15 active members. Most members are keen military history enthusiasts and collectors who have been re-enacting WW2 German Waffen SS within other groups for many years.  In early 2015 we decided to form our own Waffen SS Re-enactment Group – so here we are…

After much consideration, we finally agreed to portray the 9. SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen as they are one of the few Waffen SS divisions not to be attributed with any major war crimes. Indeed, their humane treatment of British and American prisoners of war is often quoted as exemplary.

Lieutenant-Colonel John Frost, one of the senior British Airborne officers captured during Operation Market Garden at Arnhem (September 1944), describes the SS thus: “We had all heard of them shooting their prisoners or herding them into burning buildings, but these men were kind, chivalrous and even comforting.”

Initially formed in December 1942 9.SS Hohenstaufen fought on both the Eastern and Western fronts, including the Ukraine, Normandy, Holland, Ardennes, Hungary and finally Austria.

Our goal is to immerse ourselves into the early 1940’s and Inform, Educate and Entertain the general public, by historically portraying the hard pressed battle weary common soldiers of the elite axis forces during the later years of World War 2 in war torn Europe, when Germany became ever more desperate as the tide of war turned against them.

As a new group our website is still under development so please stay with us and visit us again…

We do hope to see you soon…

Grüße… 

9.SS Hohenstaufen Panzer Division Sign

9.SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen