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18th Nazi SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Horst Wessel.


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18th Nazi SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Horst Wessel.
18th Nazi SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Horst Wessel insignia.
Active 1944-1945
Country Flag of Germany Nazi Germany
Allegiance Adolf Hitler
Branch Flag Schutzstaffel Waffen-SS
Type Panzergrenadier
Size Division

The 18th Nazi SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Horst Wessel was formed in 1944 around a cadre from the 1 Nazi SS Infantry Brigade and included mainly Hungarian ethnic Germans or Volksdeutsche (Volksdeutsche is a historical term which arose in the early 20th century to apply to Germans living outside of the German Empire). It was used for anti-partisan duties until it was sent to the Eastern front, with the exception of one regiment that fought the Slovak National Uprising in August 1944. It later fought as a single unit in Hungary and later in Czechoslovakia where it was destroyed.

The Division was named after the SA or (Sturmabteilung) hero Horst Wessel, a German Nazi known for being the author of lyrics to the song "Die Fahne hoch" (Horst Wessel Lied) and for being glorified by the Nazi regime as a martyr of the early years of the Nazi party.

Commanders.

  • Brigadeführer Wilhelm Trabandt (25 January 1944 - 3 January 1945).
  • Gruppenführer Josef Fitzthum (3 January 1945 - 10 January 1945).
  • Standartenführer Georg Bochmann (10 January 1945 - March 1945).
  • Standartenführer Heinrich Petersen (March 1945 - 8 May 1945) .

Knight's Cross recipients

Knight's Cross with Swords

  • Georg Bochmann.

SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 40

  • Julius Riepe.

SS Flak Battalion 18

  • Hans Lipinski .

Battles.

  • Hungary (January 1944 - July 1944).
  • Eastern front, central sector (July 1944 - October 1944).
  • Poland & Czechoslovakia (October 1944 - May 1945) .

Order of battle.

  • 39th Nazi SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment.
  • 40th Nazi SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Artillery Regiment.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Panzerjäger Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Panzer Reconnaissance Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Panzer Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Sturmgeschütz Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Panzerjäger Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Flak Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Signals Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Pionier Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Administration Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Wirtschafts Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Supplies Troop.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Instandsetzungs Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Feldgendarmerie Battalion.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Reserve BattallIon.
  • 18th Nazi SS-Sanitäts Battalion .


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