Thursday, March 2, 2023

Ukrainian Waffen-SS: the Galician Division


Galician Division Ukraine Waffen-SS WWII OUN war crimes genocide history collaboration Bandera

In this video another chapter on Ukrainians that fought for Germany during the Second World War. I wil explore the collaboration in German-occupied Ukraine during World War 2: the 14th SS-Volunteer Division "Galicia". I'll talk about the origins of Ukrainian ultranationalism and factions as the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) and its split: the OUN-M led by Andrei Melnik and the OUN-B led by Stepan Bandera. The first pro-German units were two battalions: the Nachtigall Battalion and the Roland Battalion. In 1943 the Ukrainian SS Division was established: the 14th SS-Volunteer Division "Galicia". The Waffen-SS was persuaded to deploy Ukrainian units. And so the 14th SS-Volunteer Division "Galicia" / 14. SS-Freiwilligen Division 'Galizien' / Dyviziia Halychyna saw the light of day. From 1944 known as 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (ukrainische Nr. 1). If you want to learn about Ukraine during WW2, this video is for you.

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