CoolDTA wrote:..The quality of the SS units varied a lot and that's why it would be ahistorical to give them such general bonuses..
The famous SS Divs such as Leibstandarte, Das Reich, Totenkopf, Wiking etc were all very high quality which is why other wargames correctly assign them better combat stats than ordinary units.
Let me toss the following quotes into the playpen from non-SS officers (my underlining)-
"I can assure you that the Leibstandarte enjoys an outstanding reputation, not
only with its own superiors but with its Army comrades also. Every division
wishes it had the Leibstandarte as its neighbour
. Its inner discipline, cool
daredevilry, cheerful enterprise, unshakeable fortitude even when things
become difficult or serious, exemplary toughness and its camaraderie, all of
these are outstanding and cannot be surpassed."
- General Eberhard Von Mackensen.
"Today the SS-Panzergrenadier Division Wiking leaves the units attached to my
Panzerkorps (to switch to the East Caucasus). From the very first day of its
attachment up on the last, the division had been admirably succesful in
bold attacks and determined defence in continual weeks-long battles
unfavourable weather conditions and against an enemy always numerically
superior. It has proved itself to have an outstanding fighting spirit, which
has caused great damage to the enemy
. Thanks to the excellent steadfastness
of the Division, the enemy has been prevented from achieving his goal of
breakthrough and envelopment. So, today, I watch the brave men of the Wiking
Division leave my forces with a heavy heart. My thanks and full recognition
go equally to its officers and men. My best wishes go with the division on
its way to new battles and new successes."
- General Friedrich Kirchner
"I have encountered the SS divisions Leibstandarte
and Das Reich in battle and later, as General-Inspector of the Panzer
Troops, have inspected the Waffen-SS Divisions many times. They always
distinguished themselves through their self-discipline, comradeship and good
soldierly behaviour in battle.
They fought shoulder to shoulder with the
Army Panzer Divisions and became, the more so the longer the war lasted,
'one of us'."
- General Heinz Guderian
"In the few past days the Korps has recorded two great successes. First, the
defensive victory by the SS-Panzergrenadier Division Wiking, which after the
engagement by the Tiger detachment resulted in the destruction of 84 enemy
tanks. Second, the daring advance across the Merla by 3rd SS-Panzergrenadier
Division Totenkopf. My thanks and appreciation to the command and to the
- General Otto Wohler [Headquarters of the 8th Army, 20 August 1943]
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