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