We portray the 11th. SS Panzergrenadier Division 'Nordland' which was the first international Waffen-SS Division which included Norwegians, Danes, Dutch, Estonians, Finns, French, Swedish, Swiss, and approximately 6 British volunteers. We are based in
The unit formed in 1995 and at first we were going to do the British Free Corps attached to the 11th SS Nordland Division but those with the unit charter for Nordland quit reenacting and gave up the charter. So we became Nordland and became a chartered unit in the World War Two Historical Reenactment Society at the end of 1995. During this time we averaged 12 members with three doing a BFC impression. By the end of 1997, no one in the unit was doing the BFC impression and all members were doing Nordland only.
The unit is made up of collectors and historians from all walks of life. We have law enforcement officers, government employees, store owners, a lawyer, and a doctor. We have members in the following states:
The unit’s very first activity was to set up a display at the Kansas City International Military show in 1995. Our first battle was a public display battle at the
During 2000 & 2001 we averaged 18 + members and had the British Free Corps out of
SCHOOL DISPLAYS AND DEMONSTRATIONS
You might ask why we chose to do Nordland. We choose it because of its unique history as being one of the regiments to form the 5th. SS Wiking Division in 1941, and then when it was made a division in 1943 it became the first truly international Waffen SS Division. So far in my study of Nordland I have found no information of it as a division committing any war crimes. They were very hard and brave fighting men. Further the majority of the members of Nordland were not nazis, but very devout anti-communist, who wanted to stop the Red Menace from taking over
In 2008, we added a contingent of Spanish SS to our ranks. Attached to Nordland in the last weeks of the war, the Nordland and Spanish SS troops were among the last defenders of Berlin in May of 1945. The reenactors that make-up this contingent also depict the Ski Company of 250 Infantry "Division Azul", a regular army (Heer) division made up entirely of anti-communist Spanish volunteers that served on the Leningrad front for two years. It is from this division's ranks that the Spanish SS troops came after the division was recalled to Spain in 1943.
If any of this is of interest to you and would like to become a WW2 reenactor we invite you to come and join us in the fun and excitement of WW2 reenacting. DO NOT JUST READ ABOUT OR WATCH MOVIES ABOUT WORLD WAR TWO. REENACT IT!
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