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Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) is the British chapter of the U.S.-based Atomwaffen Division (AWD). AWD is a neo-Nazi organization that seeks the creation of a National Socialist government through a violent “white revolution,” and believes that a race war is inevitable.*

SKD follows a neo-Nazi ideology promoted by James Mason, a former American Nazi Party member and a follower of cult leader Charles Manson.* During the 1980s, Mason wrote a series of pro-Manson and pro-Nazi newsletters that he called Siege and later compiled into a book of the same name.* Users on the now-defunct fascist web forum IronMarch formed AWD after discovering Siege. They based AWD’s ideology on Mason’s ideas of autonomous terror cells fighting a guerilla war against ”the system.”*

SKD formed in 2018 as a British offshoot of AWD.* Private messages exchanged online by SKD group members in 2018 labeled the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry a “race traitor” for marrying a mixed-race woman and called for him to be shot.* In other private online messages, alleged leader Andrew Dymock called for police officers to be raped and killed.* Group members have also called for white women who date non-white men to be hanged.*

Dymock was arrested in December 2018 on terror offenses. Both Dymock and SKD member Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski formerly belonged to System Resistance Network, an alias of the banned British white supremacist group National Action.* In June 2019, Dunn-Koczorowski and Michal Szewczuk were imprisoned for terror offenses.*

In 2015, members of the far-right IronMarch online forum formed the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division (AWD). AWD has since been linked to multiple murders around the United States as well as racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic protests. On January 2, 2018, AWD member Sam Woodward allegedly murdered gay, Jewish college student Blaze Bernstein, an act AWD celebrated.* In 2015, AWD members republished Siege and began to popularize it online through the creation of an online subculture called Siege Culture, an umbrella brand publicized across social media, podcasts, and chatrooms dedicated to Mason’s book. At the center of Siege Culture is the website Siegekultur.info, which also bears the branding of Mason’s Universal Order movement. Throughout Siege, Mason describes the Universal Order as an American descendent of Nazism.*

European Ethno-Nationalist and White Supremacy Groups

Andrew Dymock was the reported leader of SKD.*

United Kingdom

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Gab (defunct)

The group reportedly had 10 to 15 members in Europe as of 2018.* The United Kingdom banned SKD in February 2020.*

SKD members initially communicated through an online gaming forum. The group has posted violent images on social media praising Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik and calling for violence.*

Like AWD, SKD is inspired by Siege, the anthology of violent pro-Nazi and pro-Charles Manson essays written by American neo-Nazi James Mason in the 1980s and first published as a single volume in 1992.* Dymock has called SKD “full on Universal Order,” referring to Mason’s pro-Nazi and pro-Manson ideology.* Dymock has compared SKD to AWD but noted SKD has fewer guns.*

SKD has not claimed credit for specific violent activities, but members have been linked to calls for violence.*

  • Andrew Dymock, undated: SKD is like “atomwaffen with less guns.”*
  • Andrew Dymock, undated: “kill all police officers.”*
Andrew Dymock

Introduction

Sonnenkrieg Division (SKD) is the British chapter of the U.S.-based Atomwaffen Division (AWD). AWD is a neo-Nazi organization that seeks the creation of a National Socialist government through a violent “white revolution,” and believes that a race war is inevitable.*

SKD follows a neo-Nazi ideology promoted by James Mason, a former American Nazi Party member and a follower of cult leader Charles Manson.* During the 1980s, Mason wrote a series of pro-Manson and pro-Nazi newsletters that he called Siege and later compiled into a book of the same name.* Users on the now-defunct fascist web forum IronMarch formed AWD after discovering Siege. They based AWD’s ideology on Mason’s ideas of autonomous terror cells fighting a guerilla war against ”the system.”*

SKD formed in 2018 as a British offshoot of AWD.* Private messages exchanged online by SKD group members in 2018 labeled the United Kingdom’s Prince Harry a “race traitor” for marrying a mixed-race woman and called for him to be shot.* In other private online messages, alleged leader Andrew Dymock called for police officers to be raped and killed.* Group members have also called for white women who date non-white men to be hanged.*

Dymock was arrested in December 2018 on terror offenses. Both Dymock and SKD member Oskar Dunn-Koczorowski formerly belonged to System Resistance Network, an alias of the banned British white supremacist group National Action.* In June 2019, Dunn-Koczorowski and Michal Szewczuk were imprisoned for terror offenses.*

In 2015, members of the far-right IronMarch online forum formed the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division (AWD). AWD has since been linked to multiple murders around the United States as well as racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic protests. On January 2, 2018, AWD member Sam Woodward allegedly murdered gay, Jewish college student Blaze Bernstein, an act AWD celebrated.* In 2015, AWD members republished Siege and began to popularize it online through the creation of an online subculture called Siege Culture, an umbrella brand publicized across social media, podcasts, and chatrooms dedicated to Mason’s book. At the center of Siege Culture is the website Siegekultur.info, which also bears the branding of Mason’s Universal Order movement. Throughout Siege, Mason describes the Universal Order as an American descendent of Nazism.*

Leadership

Andrew Dymock was the reported leader of SKD.*

  • Andrew Dymock

Base of Operations

United Kingdom

Website

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Membership Size and Relevance

The group reportedly had 10 to 15 members in Europe as of 2018.* The United Kingdom banned SKD in February 2020.*

Recruitment and Propaganda

SKD members initially communicated through an online gaming forum. The group has posted violent images on social media praising Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik and calling for violence.*

Like AWD, SKD is inspired by Siege, the anthology of violent pro-Nazi and pro-Charles Manson essays written by American neo-Nazi James Mason in the 1980s and first published as a single volume in 1992.* Dymock has called SKD “full on Universal Order,” referring to Mason’s pro-Nazi and pro-Manson ideology.* Dymock has compared SKD to AWD but noted SKD has fewer guns.*

Violent Activities

SKD has not claimed credit for specific violent activities, but members have been linked to calls for violence.*

Rhetoric

  • Andrew Dymock, undated: SKD is like “atomwaffen with less guns.”*
  • Andrew Dymock, undated: “kill all police officers.”*