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"Germanske SS Norge" was intended to become an elite corp in Norway. It was founded the 21st of July 1942, and all men from "Norges SS" were automatically transferred to the new unit. The thought was that they would follow in the footsteps of "Norges SS" and work for the same goals, a greater germanic empire with Adolf Hitler as the leader of all germanic people.

To become a member one had to fill certain racial and physical requirements together with beeing of good personal character, and of course having a clean criminal record, along with beeing a member of the "NS" or having served with the Waffen-SS or "Den Norske Legion / Frw. Legion Norwegen" for at least a year.

After beeing admitted the men were sent to Kongsvinger fortress for a four-week course in political ideology. They were also issued German Allgemeine SS uniforms, but their collars had the Sunwheel instead of the SS-logo, and the "GSSN Raven" on the left arm instead of the German eagle.

"Germanske SS Norge" Ravn


The leader of the school was SS-Obersturmführer Beyermann.
The norwegian staff leader for "Germanske SS Norge" (GSSN) from august 1942 until april 1943 was Hauptsturmführer Olaf Lindvig.

"Germanske SS Norge" were first seen marching through city streets in the fall of 1942, many of them were former fighters of the eastern front. By the spring of 1943 the organization had around 700 members. In the fall of 1943 the members were asked to volunteer for front duty at the 23. Regiment "Norge", but few did so.

"Germanske SS Norge" was not a secret organization but had contact with, and did services for the Sicherheitspolizei (SIPO) and the Sicherheitdienst (SD).

In 1944 they numbered around 1200, and their leader was now Jonas Lie. The intention was that the organization would seize key positions in the norwegian society the day Germany handed over power to Quisling and the "NS", after germanys total victory.

Formally the SS group was an organization within the "NS". But the
relationship between them and the strongly national-minded "Hird" was not good, because many of the latter thought of "Germanske SS Norge" as beeing too German-minded and betrayers of their country. Some also feared that the German influence in Norway would become too strong through them. A common way to compare them has been that the "Hird" was similar to the German SA, while "Germanske SS Norge" usually has been compared to Allgemeine-SS.

(Thanks to Mr. M. S. for the translation from Norwegian to English)