One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounthe Waffen SS
The combat units of the SS in Nazi Germany during World War II.
- ‘A few units - the Waffen SS on the Eastern Front was notorious in this respect - had a rule not to take any prisoners at all.’
- ‘It is certain that his admission into the group would have been far more complicated had he admitted to being a former Waffen SS recruit.’
- ‘He was considered to be an outstanding prospect and was admitted into the ‘Liebstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler’ - considered to be one of the elite units in the Waffen SS.’
- ‘His father fought for Soviet Russia in Afghanistan, his grandfather was an officer in the Waffen SS, and his great grandfather died in the trenches of Verdun.’
- ‘On the same day, December 17, a Waffen SS unit under the command of Joachim Pieper murdered 113 American prisoners.’
German Waffen ‘armed’.
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