Swiss Volunteers in the German Wehrmacht WWII
Switzerland was a strict neutral during WWII, but although it avoidedopenly siding with either the Axis or Allies, a small numberof Swiss citizens without official approval did actually volunteer for service within the German Wehrmacht. In fact, between 700 and 800Swiss volunteers are known to have been incorporated in the Wehrmachtduring WWII. Of these, at least 300 are thought to have been killed in action. No single unit of Swiss volunteers was formed during WWII though,and all volunteers served on an individual basis within the Wehrmacht.The vast majority of Swiss volunteers were accepted intothe ranks of the Waffen-SS, notably in the 5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking and the SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers.