Monday, November 18, 2013

A Dutchman in Russia and Korea Hells

Born on the 4th May 1923 in Amsterdam, John Folmer spent his childhood and youth in the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia. In the summer of 1939 he returned to the Netherlands in order to complete his schooling. Ehen his country was occupied by the Nazis, he decided to join with Waffen-SS in 1941. After completed his training; Folmer served with SS Regiment ‘Westland, from the 5th SS-Panzer-Grenadier- Division ‘Wiking’. Assigned as a machine gunner, he got a badly wound during the Caucasus campaign. In March 1943, he returned to his unit and served as a dispatch rider in the battalion staff. After further combat duty in the summer of 1944, he was transfer to the Junker School in Bad Tölz and got promoted as a second lieutenant. 

John Folmer ended the war as an officer in a regiment of the 38th SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Division ‘Nibelungen’. He surrender in southern Germany and served his sentence as Dutch collaborator in his homeland. In 1951, as a part of the Dutch rehabilitation for military collaborators, John Folmer volunteered to join Dutch military contingent in Korea From an ordinary soldier, he ended the Korean War as a sergeant in the Dutch battalion. In 1955, John Folmer immigrated to the USA and became a successful businessman.

Title                 Waffenbrüder: Ein Niederländer in Russland und Korea
Writer             John Folmer
Pages               248
Publisher       Milizverlag Salzburg (2011)
ISBN-10         3901185429
ISBN-13         978-3901185427

Monday, June 3, 2013

Məzahir Daşqın

Məzahir Daşqın was born in Borsunlu, a Tartar village and district in Azerbaijan in 1909. He began writing and playing drama since 1926. Fought since the first days of the invasion of Germany to the Soviet Union in 1941, he was captured in August 1942. Joined the Azerbaijan Legion, he wrote many poems in Legion’s newspapers, Azərbaycan and Hücum. Repatriated to the Soviet Union after the end of World War II, he was arrested in Borsunlu as "traitors" and imprisoned in Baku, before being exiled to Siberia and Gorky. In 1956, after being jailed for 10 years, he was released and returned to his native Azerbaijan. He died on October 31, 1979 and was buried in his hometown.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ritterkreuz: A Magazine Dedicated to Waffen SS Military History

Ritterkreuz is a magazine which is exclusively dedicated to the Waffen-SS, reserved to the members of the historical studies society "Ritterkreuz".

The publication is distributed free of charge to the members of the society "Ritterkreuz", which has been originated whithin the cultural society "computer club Italia" (founded in 1985 by M. Afiero), without any lucrative aim and with the only objective to pursue the historical research about the Second World War and in particular about the Axis Armed Forces (Germany, Italy and Japan) and its Allied Nations (Rumania, Slowakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Kroatia and Finland).

To obtain the membership into the society "Ritterkreuz" and to receive the magazine (in PDF format via email), it's sufficient just to release a free contribution for the current year. However, to receive the printed copy of the magazine (52 illustrated pages , 4 pages in colour), on 2 monthly basis, a minimum contribution of 40 (fourty) Euro is requested (European foreign countries included), in order to cover the printing and shipping (only via prioritary mail) costs. For info send an email to:

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