Part 14 General Leon DeGrelle: The most famous of the Waffen SS
“My Honour is My Loyalty”
Born in Belgium he joined the Waffen SS as a Private and earned all Stripes up to General for exceptional bravery in combat. He earned all stripes from Corporal to General, and died at 87 years of age.
He was awarded the Ritterkreutz, the Oak-Leaves, the Golden German Cross and numerous other decorations for outstanding valour under enemy fire.
The Waffen SS was the most advanced Army the World had seen, with Soldiers immaculately well trained and equipped with the latest in wartime technology.
The Waffen SS was the most multi-cultural army in the World with recruits from all over Europe, including a Free British Corps and Volunteers across the British Empire. Africans, Muslims.
The Waffen SS held their oath of honour as sacred.
“I swear to thee Adolf Hitler as Fuhrer and Chancellor of the German Reich loyalty and bravery. I vow to thee and to the superiors whom thou shall appoint obedience until death so help me God.”
Leon DeGrelle was one of the last to fight on the Eastern Front, and was engaged in seventy-five hand-to-hand combat actions and was wounded numerous occasions.
He escaped unconditional surrender by flying some 1500 miles across Europe, managing to survive constant fire along the way and crash landed in San Sebastian in Spain, critically wounded again.
Against all odds, he survived and lived out the rest of his life in Spain where he eventually died at the age of 87.