Waffen-SS divisions 26-32

Order of Battle Waffen-SS divisions 26 (2nd Hungarian) – 32 (30 Januar)

Germany-flagMany of the following listed divisions were purely fictitious, in the sense that orders for their formation and deployment seldom reflected their actual available strength or combat readiness. Many divisions consisted of foreigners, Russians, Ukrainians or ethnic Germans and are partly responsible for substantial war crimes.


26 Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Hungaria (2nd Hungarian)

Raised (as division)
Ordered to raise in March 1945.

The End
Never complete formed.

Infantry strength
3 weak motorized infantry regiments.

Tank strength
SS-Panzer brigade 49, never actually formed.

Notes
Existed as combat unit on paper only.


27 SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division Langemarck (1st Flemings)

SS brigade Langemarck

Recruiting poster for SS brigade Langemarck.

Raised (as division)
Legion re-organized as brigade in May 1943, designated division September 1944.

The End
Survivors in British captivity in Schleswig-Holstein on 5 May, 1945.

Infantry strength
1943 with 2; 1944 with 3; 1945 with 1 motorized infantry regiments.

Tank strength
1943-44 with 14 StuG III and StuG IV, 10 Marder self-propelled anti-tank guns. Total: 24 tanks.
1945 a total of 10 tank destroyers Hetzer .

Notes
Flemish and some Finnish volunteers. Nearly destroyed on Oder front, April-May 1945.


28. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division Wallonien

Raised (as division)
Wallonian Legion passed from Army to SS on June 1943, designated division October 1944.

The End
Most soldiers evacuated from Eastern Front – with passports organised by Degrelle – to Denmark at end of April, 1945. Later British captivity.

Infantry strength
1 motorized infantry regiment (3 from October 1944, but including also French, Belgians and Spanish volunteers)

Tank strength
1943 with 10 StuG III and StuG IV, 12 Marder self-propelled anti-tank guns. Total: 22 tanks.
Summer 1944: 14 StuG IV, 4 StuH 10,5cm. Total: 18 tanks.
1945 total of 10 Jagdpanzer IV.

Notes
Existed as combat unit on paper only.


29 Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (1st Russian)

SS-pic Warsaw Rising

SS submachine-gunner with support of assault gun during Warsaw Rising 1944.

Raised (as division)
Gang under Bratislav Kaminski, taken to SS late 1943. Later called ‘division’.

The End
Kaminski shot under mysterious circumstances and his ‘division’ disbanded after withdrawal from Warsaw uprising (August 1944). Number 29 taken over by 1st Italian (see next division).

Infantry strength
Gang of 6,500 ‘butchers’ with captured Russian artillery.

Tank strength
Some captured Russian armoured vehicles.

Notes
Largely Ukrainian, widespread atrocities behind Army Group Centre. During Warsaw uprising they murdered 10,000 Polish civilians in one day and were withdrawn.


29 Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (1st Italian)

Raised (as division)
Italian Fascist security force, Milizia Armata, taken to Waffen-SS in September 1944.

The End
Details not known.

Infantry strength
Sub-units widely dispersed.

Tank strength
none.

Notes
Operations against partisans in Italy, some combat contact with Allied forces.


30 Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (2nd Russian)

Raised (as division)
Formed July 1944. Became Waffen-SS division in August 1944.

The End
Disbanded, survivors transferred in November 1944 to Vlassov army ROA.

Infantry strength
3 infantry regiments (October 1944).

Tank strength
none.

Notes
Raised from renegade Russian security units. Security duties in Eastern France, some combat contact to Allied forces.


31 SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division Böhmen-Mähren

Raised (as division)
Formed in Hungary and Slovakia in October 1944.

The End
Destroyed at Koniggrätz (Czechoslovakia) in May 1945.

Infantry strength
Not known, but far below division strength.

Tank strength
none.

Notes
Mixed foreign and Volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans), some officers and NCOs from former 23 Waffen-Gebirgs-Division Kama.


32 SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division 30 Januar

Raised (as division)
Formed on 30 January, 1945 (January 30 is the date of Hitler‘s take-over of power in 1933, that’s the reason for the division name) in Kurmark.

The End
Heavy losses, only some 150 survivors reached Allied captivity at Tangermünde in May 1945.

Infantry strength
3 partly motorized infantry regiments (each with only 2 battalions), 1 fusilier battalion.

Tank strength
Tank destroyer company with 22 Hetzer.
Total: 22 tanks.

Notes
At the beginning only combat groups formed from mixed stragglers and soldiers of various SS training schools for immediately action near Frankfurt, Oder. Later increased and formed to division strength.


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