First, Von Poop, I'd like to apologise to the forum members for my short, and not very thoughtful comment on Hellofawaytodie's submission. Weekend before last I was raising money for H4H at Badsey, at the War in the Vale exhibition/demonstration or whatever they call it. There were loads of re-enactors there. What puzzled me was the majority of people were dressed as: a. Americans - Army/USAAF b. Germans - SS/Whermacht c. British - RAF/Army, and very much in the minority. There were loads of ladies dressed in period costume both military and civilian (always love a lady in uniform) although personally the 1920/30 is the best time for ladies fashion, I'm straying off the point here, but with good reason! I can understand the fascination with German uniforms after all Bryan Ferry got sacked from M&S because he said they had style about their uniforms, I have to agree. They lead the field in smart, well camoflaged and yes stylish kit - until the Americans turned up. I have to admit the British did and always have lagged behind in the swanky kit stakes. My first issued shirts had 1946 and 53 labels in them, that's before I was born. What I cannot get my head around is why the adouration, the reverance and mystique that the Waffen SS are held in. Towards the middle and end period of WW2 they took anyone in. What of the Aryan purity then? They were probably selected for the same reasons as we now select Paras and Marine Commandos, but without the racists political doctrine. Countries will always need hard, tough, dedicated, disciplined (dare I say it 'elite') troops. What we don't need is murdering bastards. Sorry I swore (I was a squaddie).