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18th Nazi SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Horst Wessel.
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.
Knight's Cross recipients
Knight's Cross with Swords
SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 40
SS Flak Battalion 18
Order of battle.
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