Lists We Play: The Waffen-SS
By Mitch Reed
last article I discussed my first army, the Canadians, now I will go over my second army, the German Waffen-SS. While I play this game for fun, and stay as politically agnostic as possible, I did have some hardship in fielding a force whose mark on history was so disturbing. However, taking the history out of it, and looking at a force that is competitive, I was able to put my issues aside to build an SS list.
The Waffen-SS, which means Armed Protection Squadron has its roots in the Nazi party and was a military force separate from the regular German Army (Heer). This is why the game has Reich Divided national rule for lists that have both SS and Heer units.
Where to Find the SS
Almost every book that features the Germans (the one big exception is the North Africa book) has the option to field both Heer and SS lists. The one distinction of the SS in the game is that they have a Fearless motivation rating through all periods. This is due to the recruiting standards, political indoctrination and aggressiveness the SS displayed during the war. While many could argue why certain forces are rated as Fearless, I have never heard anyone say that the SS does not deserve such a rating.