Waffen-SS divisions 7-12

Order of Battle Waffen-SS divisions 7 (Prinz Eugen) – 12 (Hitlerjugend)

Germany-flagThe Waffen-SS divisions from this and the previous page were Germany’s most effective troops of WW2.


7 SS-Freiwilligen-Gebirgs-Division Prinz Eugen

French Hotchkiss H-35 tanks with SS division Prinz Eugen

Captured French Hotchkiss H-35 tanks on operations against Yugoslav partisans with 7 SS division Prinz Eugen, 1944.

Raised (as division)
March 1942 (operational October 1942).

The End
Surrendered to Yugoslav Partisans at Cilli, Slovenia.
Many personnel executed.

Infantry strength
2 mountain infantry regiments, also cavalry and light armoured elements.

Tank strength
Armoured support units with captured French, Italian and Russian tanks.

Notes
Raised from ethnic Germans living in the Balkans, officers mainly Austrians and Rumanians.
Used entirely against partisans and civilians, bad record atrocities.


8 SS-Kavallerie-Division Florian Geyer

Troopers of 8 SS Cavalry division

Troopers of 8 SS Cavalry division.

Raised (as division)
As division from June 1942.

The End
Annihilated in fall of Budapest, February 1945.

Infantry strength
3 cavalry regiments.

Tank strength
none.

Notes
Operated partly on anti-partisan duties, partly front-line combat.


9 SS-Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen

Crewman of Hummel SP artillery

Crewman of Hummel SP artillery of 9 SS division Hohenstaufen.

Raised (as division)
March 1943 (operational December 1943).

The End
Surrendered to US at Steyr (Austria), 5 May 1945.

Infantry strength
2 motorized infantry regiments (each with 3 battalions).

Tank strength
1 Panzer battalion, since June 1944 additional Panzer V Panther battalion. Hummel SP artillery guns (12 or more).
Total: 105 tanks until June 1944, later 154.

Notes
Rested near Arnheim when Allied parachute assault took place.


10 SS-Panzer-Division Frundsberg

Raised (as division)
January 1943 (operational March 1944).

The End
Most members surrendered to US in Czechoslovakia, May 1945.

Infantry strength
2 motorized infantry regiments (each with 3 battalions).

Tank strength
1 Panzer battalion, since June 1944 additional Panzer V Panther battalion.
Total: 93 tanks until June 1944, later 142.

Notes
Raised from 18-year-old German conscripts, worked up in France during 1943.
Rested near Arnheim when Allied parachute assault took place.


11 SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division Nordland

Sturmbannführer Quist of Norge volunteer bataillon

Sturmbannführer Quist of Norge volunteer bataillon I/2 of 11 SS division Nordland

Raised (as division)
May 1943 (operational September 1943).

The End
Fought to annihilation at battle for Berlin, 1945.

Infantry strength
3 (1 Danish, 2 Norwegians) , later 2 motorized infantry regiments (each with 3 battalions).

Tank strength
4 Panzer companies (Panzer IV, Panzer V Panther, Tiger tanks ), 3 assault gun companies (StuG IV).
Total: 159 tanks.

Notes
Total strength 1943 : 11,400 men.
Incorporating various foreign volunteer units (Danish, Norwegians, Swedish, Finns, Swiss, Dutch) and ethnic Germans, mainly from Hungary and Rumania.
Formidable combat reputation.


12 SS-Panzer-Division Hitlerjugend

7.5cm AT gun of 12 SS 'Hitlerjugend' in Normandy

7.5cm AT gun of 12 SS ‘Hitlerjugend’ in Normandy.

Raised (as division)
July 1943 (operational June 1944).

The End
Surrendered to US near Enns, Austria (only 455 survivors).

Infantry strengthTank strength
4 Panzer companies with Panzer IV, 4 companies with Panzer V Panther, 18 self-propelled artillery guns Hummel.
Total: 204 tanks.

Notes
Total strength 21,300 men.
Personnel largely fanatical 17-year-old Hitler Youth boys, cadre from LAH. Lost over 60% in just first four weeks in Normandy.
Highest combat reputation.


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