‘Atlantisch : Crusaders’ is the start of a new series about a fictitious Waffen SS unit, one that is formed following a wholly different outcome and political situation in 1940 Europe.
In real life, the Germans moved forward with the idea of forming Legions from foreign contingents and created a number of successful quality fighting units from men born in other lands.
The distinction was made in the name… SS Divisions were nominally German as opposed to Divisions of the SS that were ‘foreign’ manned.
With varying degrees of success from superb fighting quality units through to abject military failures, the Waffen SS comprised formations containing Norwegians, Swedes, Danes, Dutch, Croatians, Bosnians, Slovakians, Spanish, Ukrainians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Finnish, Albanians, Hungarians, Flemish, Walloons, Romanians, Bulgarians, Czechs, Russians, Italians, Indians, and French.
They also tried and failed with some national groups, notably the Britisches Freikorps, also known as the Legion of St. George, which existed in a political sense but that actually comprised of only a handful of my countrymen.
It seems likely that a few men saw action as part of the 11th SS Aufklarungs Abteilung [Reconnaissance Battalion] on the Oder in March 1945.
There was even a plan to form a George Washington Legion of American troops.
This series of books will follow the volunteers that came together to fight Communism following the defeat of France and Britain, and the selection of a neutral stance by the United States of America.
They will all be about men in combat and the brotherhood of the fighting soldier.
I try hard not to romanticise combat, as it is undoubtedly an awful and visceral thing.
So when I write of fighting I always try and tell it how I imagine it to have been in the times I am describing, based upon some modest experiences of seeing life terminated in the most horrible ways, and testimony from those who engaged in man’s oldest game.
The basic principle is carried over from Red Gambit.
‘There are no bad peoples, just some bad people.’
Atlantisch will explore a path that I consider could, had all the circumstances been in place, have been followed by the nations that participated in World War Two.
I hope you enjoy the journey.