My Führerliste der Waffen-SS publication contains two forewords written by Waffen-SS veterans. One is written by Fritz Hahl and the other by Dr. Adalbert Lallier. For those of you who have not seen these forewords below is the one by Dr. Lallier that he wrote in December 1999 when Führerliste consisted of only a single CD. (It has since been expanded to eleven CDs and one DVD following suggestions from fellow researchers) Dr. Lallier and his brother were both shanghaied into the Waffen-SS from their home in the Banat area of Serbia. They were given the choice of joining the Waffen-SS or being put up against the wall where they would be shot. Their ethnic background was a mixture of French Huguenot and Austro-Hungarian. Adalbert Lallier was attending signal officer school at Leitmeritz in the Sudetenland when the end of the war came and his brother went missing. After the war and service with the UN Adalbert Lallier moved to Canada where he obtained a university degree followed by a masters degree from Columbia University in New York and his doctorate from the Sorbonne in Paris. He was a university professor in Montreal where he taught political science and economics and ran the international MBA program. We were introduced in 1996 by another officer from the III.SS-Panzer Korps who had served with Lallier as a radioman in the “Prinz Eugen”. I spent several days with him in June 1999 while I was in Montreal to attend a convention. We got on well and I continued to receive his excellent academic guidance. Dr. Lallier is a man of conscience and strong moral convictions. In 2001 he travelled to Germany to testify for the prosecution in the murder trial of his former tactics instructor, Untersturmführer Julius Viel, who was found guilty of shooting seven Jewish inmates of a nearby concentration camp who belonged to a work party engaged in digging anti-tank ditches around the signal school at Leitmeritz. While Dr. Lallier does not have a favorable view of the Waffen-SS he does recognize those special qualities of leadership, bravery in battle and the comradeship that intrigue so many of us about this formation. I could not have found a more knowledgeable and objective person to write the foreword below.
The Armed Forces and the State: The essence of democracy is freedom, the nature of the armed forces is discipline. The intelligence of the soldier is not the important question, since the armed forces would let their nation down, if their
soldiers were not willing to obey their orders instantaneously.
Field Marshal Montgomery of EI Alamein, June 26, 1946.
Leadership: The personal bearing of officers and of the soldiers in positions of command provides an example that is of determining influence on the armed forces. An officer who demonstrates before the enemy, cold-bloodedness, decisiveness, resoluteness, and courage, will entice his troops to join him in his leaving the trenches and throwing himself towards the enemy. But he must also seek to find the way to the hearts of his subordinates, by way of acquiring an understanding of their feelings and reasoning, and of demonstrating a never ending concern for their well-being. Both in an emergency and in moments of grave danger, reciprocal trust in one another constitutes the strongest foundation of discipline and bonding, and therefore of survival.
German text on Leadership and the Armed Forced, published in
The Task of the Waffen-SS Junkerschulen (of the Third Reich): The responsibility of the Waffen-SS Junkerschulen was the training of a professionally competent replacement generation of Waffen-SS officers, i.e. of its new Führerkorps in a spiritual environment of a unique brotherhood in which continuous exchanges and reassessments that were conducted by the officer-candidates' critical minds, attested to the unusual - in the opinion of the traditional, dogmatic, military presence of young minds that were wide-awake, self-reliant, and impressively effervescent. Another remarkable uniqueness is found in the stimulus of a consciously cultivated "kameradschaftliche" equality, which made for a bonding between levels of rank while still confirming their separate existence. This bonding was at the root of the creation of a personal linkage, amongst and between all ranks, that was of such great significance in which all aspects of the relation of all Waffen-SS soldiers to their Waffen-SS leaders especially of fealty - was so impressively determined. In consequence of this unique evolution in its "inner setting and formation", the Waffen-SS may be called a "truly classless" military formation: all Kameraden were truly equal amongst themselves and were thereby accorded the opportunity for the full development of their natural abilities. The Waffen-SS was a military formation in which very young soldiers were led by very young leaders. In the Junkerschulen, equal emphasis was placed an both military training and its specialized areas, and personality development, with its concomitant acceptance of responsibility, whereas humbleness and submissiveness vis-a-vis superiors were frowned upon and categorically rejected as incompatible with the ethos of the Waffen-SS formations. Its credo of Unsere Ehre heisst Treue, as an expression of traditional fealty to the leader of the nation, the Führer, Adolf Hitler, and from the bottom of the lowest ranks up to the Senior Commander, reflected only one part of the, unique, bonding amongst Waffen-SS soldiers, lower ranks and officers alike. In its complete form, it involved and cut across both the vertical and the horizontal dimensions, across all ranks as well as involving the whole officers corps, from Oberstgruppenführer Paul Hausser, all the way down to the most recent Freiwilliger, the 17-year old Waffen-SS Mann.
Partly paraphrased from Richard Schulze-Kossens, Militärischer Führernachwuchs der Waffen-SS: Die Junkerschulen. Osnabrück, Munin Verlag, 1982.
This, complete, data base contains the names of most all of the former officers of the Waffen-SS, an estimated minimum total of about 26,100 individuals by early 1945. According to Schulze-Kossens, this total comprised the following subgroups:
(1) The "first-hour" Waffen-SS officers (those who had been transferred or taken over from the old German Imperial Army, the Reichswehr, or the Landespolizei, and did not need to be trained in the pre-1939 Junkerschulen) 700
(2) The "first batch" - before the beginning of World War Two of
officers that were trained in the pre-war Junkerschulen 1,000
(3) Officers transferred from the ranks of the Allgemeine-SS 2,000
(4) Officers who had earned "battlefield" promotions, for their
"courage in the face of the enemy" 3,400
(5) Non-German volunteers, who had been recruited from their
former (non-Third Reich) military units, and who were confirmed
with the same rank as Waffen-SS officers 3,000
(6) Officers who received their appointment after the successful
conclusion of their (respective) Junkerschulen 16.000
Gross total of Waffen-SS officers (1935 - Jan. 1945) 26,100
[Note: Other estimates, including those involving the time period
between early February 1945 and end-June 1945, and including the number of Waffen-SS Junkers and Standartenoberjunkers who were
still in Junkerschulen during that period of time, puts the total number
of Waffen-SS officers and officer candidates closer to a grand total of about 30,000 (the writer of this Foreword having been promoted to Waffen-SS Junker in mid-March 1945].
As regards to the number of Waffen-SS officers who were killed in battle on the various fronts, commencing with August 1939, the minimum estimate (Schulze-Kossens) suggests a total of 12,600, while the maximum estimates (involving also those killed until the very last day of the war) put forth a total of about 16,000. According to Schulze-Kossens, the percentage of officers in all Waffen-SS formations amounted to three per cent of the estimated total of 900,000 soldiers; however, the number of Waffen-SS officers killed or missing was relatively higher, about 5 per cent of the total Waffen-SS soldiers killed or missing.
This numerical data base expresses the most accurate estimates that are available; however, and in fact equally significantly, it also accounts for all former officers of the Waffen-SS, those already dead and those still living, not only in reference to numbers, but also with emphasis an their vertical structure, by rank and by the number of officers in each rank, as well as an the significance of the "character" of these soldiers as individuals. Perceived In this sense, this data base contains the names of the "model" or "exemplary" officers of the Waffen-SS (the "deserving" ones, including the Ritterkreuzträger), as well as their "opposites", those who had in fact or are still viewed as having committed offences against the rules of conduct that had been prescribed for the Waffen-SS formations: misdemeanor, disrespect, AWOL and desertion, criminal acts, cowardice, war crimes. Since it appears that the names of the "worst offenders" were removed from the Honour Roll of the Waffen-SS, some of the names contained in this data base may not any more be traceable to their respective Waffen-SS Stammkarten.
With this data base, its creator/author intends to provide a literally complete set of names of the men who had served as officers of the Waffen-SS from its inception, in 1933, to its "official" demise May 9th 1945; soldiers of whom more than one half had lost their lives of had gone missing during the course or the war, or were killed or executed after the end of the war; while the surviving officers had to learn how to adapt to a lifestyle of which most of them had known very little, that of a constitutional, multiparty, democracy, in a socio-political setting in which the largest number of the surviving veterans, the former Reichsdeutsche were viewed for a long time as having been members of a criminal organization, and were therefore suffering from prejudice and social ostracism, whereby the wartime fealty of all and the heroism of many of their Waffen-SS Kameraden was either never officially acknowledged or was subjected to continuous harassment and deprivation.
This list of names of former Waffen-SS officers is supposed to serve as a topical reference source and to serve individuals and groups with specific interest in the history of the Waffen-SS as an elite military formation with an innovative internationalist orientation and affiliation, that was fighting alongside the Wehrmacht in its rote as the (traditional) legitimate arm of the Third Reich in Hitler's conduct to "continue and implement its foreign policy designs with more effective means". It is exclusively a report of registered fact, which contains the following, specific entries for each officer: date and place of birth, Waffen-SS identity number, posting with a particular unit or formation of the Waffen-SS, last rank and date of promotion to that rank, and the date of death. It does not trace out the officers' origin, education, and professional affiliation.
Apart from its usefulness as a general reference source (e.g. how many officers were there in the Waffen-SS, and how were they distributed amongst the various Waffen-SS units?), this data base may also appeal to many readers, for its ability to serve as a source of information reflecting the interest of particular readers, e.g. distribution as to rank and seniority; linkage between age and rank; speed of promotion; years of service before getting killed (frequency distribution as to age, years of service, and death on the battlefield); percentage of surviving Waffen-SS officers (and their distribution as to rank, age group); number of surviving officers per Waffen-SS unit (units with the highest frequency of "killed and MIAs"); and, simply, seeking to check out names of relatives or presumed relatives, and their fates during and following the war.
Finally, this data base is also meant to constitute a memorial to the soldiers and the formations of the Waffen-SS, in their uniqueness as a military organization that was based an two principles that contradicted the tradition of standing national armies: the Freiwilligen-principle and the paneuropäische Soldatengemeinschaft für ein Neues Europa - commitments that eventually resulted in exceptionally high casualty rates and led to post-war recriminations that would not allow the building of an architectural monument in which the lists of the fallen members of the Waffen-SS would be forever inscribed, whereby the surviving veterans would be enabled to use it as their spiritual rendezvous, with the purpose of paying homage to and of reminiscing about those Kameraden, who had given up their lives believing that their behavior as soldiers bore out the requisites of the modern rules an the ethical conduct of war, and that their deaths, as the ultimate personal sacrifice, would serve a noble purpose and will therefore not have been in vain.
The creator of this data base qua general reference source, John P. Moore, has already earned universal acclaim for his intensive work on the signal corps of the Waffen-SS, which was crowned by his publishing the monumental volume Nachrichtenoffiziere der Waffen-SS/ Signal Officers of the Waffen-SS whose most recent edition, the third, has also already been sold out. Through his many years of meticulous research and fact-finding, which included hundreds of interviews with surviving Waffen-SS veterans (all the way up to and including several former Obersturmbannführers), the author was able to accumulate a vast collection of actual data on events as they happened, and was therefore able to subject the participation of the Waffen-SS signal corps to an extensive and objective analysis. His attempt at "discovering the truth" has not only earned him many appreciative friends, but has also helped in bridging the still existing vast gaps between fact and politically/ideologically induced misrepresentation of fact - his personal contribution towards an understanding of the role of the Waffen-SS as a military formation that participated in the Second War, and of its unique significance as the expression of a new Zeitgeist, viz. an innovative attempt to replace traditional nationalism and narrow-minded Chauvinism, with the first, entirely voluntary, step towards the eventual, complete and integrated, unification of the armed forces of the nations of Western Europe. Mr. John P. Moore commands my highest respect for his integrity, his foresight, his courage, and his determination to pursue this, honestly exploratory, path, and thereby to contribute to a much better understanding of the exceptional valour but also of the eventual tragedy of the Waffen-SS formations and their soldiers and officers.
Montreal, December 1999
Signed: Adalbert Lallier, PhD
June 1959 at Columbia University