Sunday, June 20, 2010

Wolfsangel symbol it's origins and the real life World War II commmando unit called "Wehrwolf"

From Wikipedia: Origin of symbol

The Wolfsangel (German for "wolf's hook") is a symbol originating in Germany. It is also known as the Wolf's Hook or Doppelhaken. The upright variant is also known as "thunderbolt" (Donnerkeil) and the horizontal variant as "werewolf".
Historically, the symbol possibly originated as a mason's mark and was used as a heraldic symbol in coats of arms. Today, the symbol appears in numerous city coats of arms. Due to its use by Nazi Germany, along with continuing use by Neo-Nazi organizations, the symbol is sometimes associated with Nazism as are many of the old folk symbols of the Germanic peoples, most notably the swastika.

From Wikipedia: "Operation Werewolf"

Werwolf (German for "werewolf", sometimes spelled "Wehrwolf") was the name given to a last-ditch Nazi plan, developed during the closing months of the Second World War, to create a German commando force which would operate behind enemy lines as the Allies advanced through Germany itself. Werwolf remained entirely ineffectual as a combat force, however, and in practical terms, its value as propaganda far outweighed its actual achievements. The allies however overestimated the threat and reacted accordingly. For example, the perceived Werwolf threat delayed dissolution of Rheinwiesenlager open air camps in the west, while 10,000 youths were interned in NKVD special camps in the east where half of them died.



Rita said...

Well i had never heard of that but it is pretty interesting any way.