[Below: The runic symbol of the Langemarck Division.]

  • The 27th Waffen-SS Division Langemark (27 SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division "Langemarck") was composed of Flemish volunteers. It primarily fought on the Eastern Front, where it proved its bravery and tenacity in many bloody battles, including the siege of Leningrad (then known as 'SS Volunteer Legion Flandern'). The division began as the 6th SS Volunteer Sturmbrigade Langemarck. The name 'Langemarck' was chosen in memory of the ferocious battle fought at Langemark, Belgium in WW1.

    To quote Wikipedia: 'An example of the fighting spirit and tenacity of the Langemarck men can be seen by the actions of the Flemish NCO Remi Schrijnen. During the fighting, Schrijnen single handedly knocked out more than a dozen enemy tanks while wounded and cut off from his unit. In a period of 48 hours, Schrijnen personally halted several Soviet tank attacks which threatened to encircle the Langemarck and the Estonian SS men fighting alongside them. He even destroyed two T-34s with one shot from his Pak anti-tank gun. For his actions, Schrijnen was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.'

    The heroes of Langemarck fought until there were virtually none of them left. At last, bloodied and exhausted from the hellish battles on the Eastern Front, they finally surrendered to the Russians on May 8, 1945.

    Remi Schrijnen survived the war and continued to fight for the release of other Langemarck soldiers who were still in the dungeons of the Allies. Several times his public protests ended in bitter fighting with civilians and police. One such occasion ended with him being imprisoned for two years! Remi is a hero of heroes. There are even action figures of him! One day, when this world is free of its mental and spiritual chains, there will be statues of this exceptional human being and he will take his place as one of the greatest Flemish men to ever live.

    Remi Schrijnen (December 24, 1921 - July 27, 2006).


    [Below: These stamps were issued to benefit the Flemish Waffen SS Legion on December 23, 1941, who were fighting in Russia on the Eastern Front.]

    [Below: Like those above but overprinted in 1943.]

    [Below: The Flemish Waffen-SS stamps originally came in these sheetlets of four.]

    [Below: Sheetlets bearing overprint.]

    [Below: Very scarce inverted overprint.]

    [Below: Very scarce inverted overprint.]

    [Below: Imperforate sheetlets. Click on the picture to enlarge.]

    [Below: Here is a very rare variation of one of the above stamps. Take a look at the blue 50 FR value. Note that the value is in a smaller font -- the value doesn't fill the shield like the above design. Normally this stamp is worth about 100 Euros, however the variety is worth 2,000 Euros!]

    [Below: Three of four sheetlets bearing overprint. Imperforate versions.]

    [Below: Here is an example of the set used on envelope. Click to enlarge.]

    [Below: Here is another example of the set used on envelope. Click to enlarge.]

    [Below: Here is a rare example of one of the above sheets used on an envelope. This is also interesting in that it is addressed to Gunter d'Alquen (October 24, 1910 – May 15, 1998). d'Alquen was chief editor of the weekly Das Schwarze Korps (The Black Corps), the official newspaper of the SS. He was also commander of the famed propaganda company the SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers. Click to enlarge.]

    [Below: Gunter d'Alquen.]

    [Below: Here is an example of the overprinted variety used on envelope.]


    [Below: Here is another set of stamps issued for the Flemish Waffen SS. These were issued August 9, 1943.]

    [Below: Flemish Waffen SS August 1943 stamps in sheetlet form. Click to enlarge.]

    [Below: Flemish Waffen SS August 1943 stamps in rare imperforate sheetlet form. Click to enlarge.]

    [Below: Rare variation -- note the top is imperforate.]

    [Below: Rare variation -- note the right side of the right stamp is imperforate.]

    [Below: Rare double perforation variation.]

    [Below: Rare perforation error.]

    [Below: Variation of the above perforation error.]

    [Below: Rare perforation error. Note the missing perforation on the right and the double perforation on the left.]

    [Below: Five of the six sheetlets are shown here - with missing serial numbers!]

    [Below: Here are imperforate proofs - notice the dark color of the 15fr stamp.]

    [Below: This envelope was sent in November of 1943.]

    [Below: Seen here are the August '43 stamps as sent through the military field post to an SS officer.]

    [Below: Here is another example. This envelope is addressed to the extraordinary human being Leon Degrelle. Click to enlarge.]


    [Below: This is a set of stamps from 1942 with proceeds to benefit prisoners of war.]

    [Below: Click on the picture below to see the above stamps in their complete form.]

    [Below: Click on the picture below to see an imperforate variety of the above stamps.]

  • [Here is a 2016 reprint/fake of the sheetlet above. As you can see it is very good, but not perfect. Note the perforation is different from the original. The original does not have a totally straight perforation -- note under the 'g' of the word 'Postzegeldagen' -- there is a 'jump' in the perforation line, which isn't found on the reprint.]

    [Below is an example of an unscrupulous person using an authentic, period envelope, and adding other stamps to it to increase its value. In this case someone added the 1942 prisoner of war series and used a fake cancel to tie them to the envelope. Everything about the cancel looks wrong.]


    [Below: Another set of Flemish Waffen-SS stamps from 1943, although these were never issued.]

    [Below: Here are the sheets of the Flemish Waffen-SS above.]

    [Below: Same stamps as above, but these are of the imperf (flat edged) variety.]

    [Below: Here are the imperf sheets of the Flemish Waffen-SS above.]

    [Below: Click to enlarge]

    [Below: Here is a rare variation of the sheet seen above. What's so different about it? It is printed on both sides! Front.]

    [Below: Reverse. Notice how offset it is.]

    [Below: This error show the perforations going through the stamps! Click to enlarge]

    [Below: This error is only partially perforated.]

    [Below: Here is a rare overprinted version of the stamp above, from late 1944.
    This was produced with the overprint 'LANGEMARK' to commemorate the formation of the Assault Brigade Langemark.
    A total of 3600 labels were overprinted, this also being unissued.]

    [Below: Here is an even rarer original block of four of the 'Langemark' stamp.]

    [Below: As the 'Langemark' block above but with different perforations.]

    [Below: Another examples of different perforations.]

    [Below: This imperforate example is also printed in error on both sides! It also has overprints shifted too far to the left.]

    [Below: Inverted 'LANGMARK' overprint block of four. Very scarce!]

    [Below: Inverted 'LANGMARK' overprint. Very scarce!]

    [Below: This is the ink stamp of the Langemarck Division used on documents.]


    Counterfeits are plentiful of all of the stamps featured on this page.
    Below is a modern (2014) example of fakes of the above stamps.
    These reprints lack the definition of the originals and the color is also off.
    Nonetheless, they could easily fool someone who isn't careful.
    Only buy from reputable dealers, and even then, make sure the stamps have been guaranteed by an expert.
    Only then can you be sure of the authenticity.]

    [Below: This type of fake uses a real feldpost envelope and adds a fake postage stamp and ink cancel. You can easily spot this stamp forgery by the large empty space on the bottom of the stamp, the original is not like this at all. A collector can spot out these fakes from a mile away. These type of fakes usually use flashy ink stamps (cancels) like those pictured here. SS and Totenkopf are favorites, but you'll never see authentic cancels like these -- they are purely fantasy. Note that the black ink cancels are authentic and belonging to the original feldpost envelope.]

    [Below: Same as above. This type of fake uses a real feldpost envelope and adds a fake postage stamp and ink cancels.]

    [Below: Here are more examples of fakes. These are real 3rd Reich postage stamps with fake/fantasy 'LANGEMARCK 1944' overprints (note that 'Langemarck' is misspelled with an erroneous addition of a 'C'). These overprints NEVER existed and were produced in 2015/2016 to fool inexperienced collectors.]

    [Below: Here is a recruiting poster for Langemark.]

    [Below: Here is a postcard of Langemark.]

    [Below: Here is a postcard dedicated to the SS-Sturmbrigade Langemark.]

    [Below: Back of postcard.]

    [Below: Here is another postcard in the series, this time dedicated to the SS-Sturmbrigade Wallonien.]

    [Below: Back of postcard.]

    [Below: Here is another recruiting poster for Langemark.]

    [Below: And another recruiting poster for Langemark.]

    [Below: A highly decorated Langemark soldier. He is wearing an Iron Cross ribbon, an Eastern Front medal ribbon (above pocket), an Assault Badge, a Wound Badge and an unidentified medal.]

    [Below: An unidentified SS-Hauptscharführer of the Flemish 27.Freiwilligen Grenadier Division der SS Langemark.]