In National Socialist Germany it was an early emblem of NSDAP and later the emblem of the Waffen-SS division “Das Reich”. A squat version of the Wolfsangel was used as a badge of the Weer Afdeelingen, Dutch equivalent of the German SA. It was used towards the end of the war by the Werewolf resistance movement.
Following the end of World War II, Nazi guerillas, called Werewolves, carried out guerilla actions. The Werewolves were an underground organisation of die-hard SS officers who terrorized both military and civilian targets. The movement, founded by Heinrich Himmler in 1944, helped to delay the first democratic election under occupation until 1947.