During World War II, Slovakia was an ally of National Socialist Germany. The Slovak Republic under President Josef Tiso signed the Tripartite Pact on November 24, 1940. Slovakia had been closely aligned with Germany almost immediately from its declaration of independence from Czechoslovakia on March 14, 1939. Slovakia entered into a treaty of protection Schutzvertrag with Germany on March 23, 1939. This treaty aligned Slovakia’s foreign and defence policies with Germany, and allowed German troops to form a protection zone in the western parts of Slovakia.

The 36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, also known as the SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger (1944) or simply the Dirlewanger Brigade, was a military unit of the Waffen-SS during World War II led by Oskar Dirlewanger. Originally formed for anti-partisan duties against the Polish resistance; the unit eventually saw action in Slovakia, Hungary, and against the Soviets near the end of the war.

“On the video are members of the Slovak Hlinka guard and Shock troops of the Hlinka guard (Pohotovostné oddiely Hlinkovej gardy). But yes, we also had Slovaks in the Waffen SS, for example the most famous slovak SS-man was Gustáv Wendrinský. He destroyed at least 45 Soviet tanks (4 of them in close combat with Panzerfaust), which is the largest number of tanks destroyed with one anti-tank gun during WW2.

Also we had Slowakei Grenadier Regiment Nr. 1 “Hlinka Garde”. They were reorganised to the grenadier regiment of the Waffen SS and incorporated to Kampfgruppe Wallenstein (44. SS Panzergrenadier-Division Wallenstein – division under construction) as Slowakei Grenadier Regiment Nr. 1 “Hlinka Garde”, under command of SS-Obersturmbannführer Walter Demes. They were to be deployed to the fight against Prague Uprising in 1945 as part of Kampfgruppe Wallenstein, but it is not clear whether they took part in the fighting.” – Čierny Lovec – Slovakian National Socialist.

Song of the slovak Hlinka guard.