3. How about Hsf Helmut Fromme until July 1944? No contradictions between Richter or Dietrich.
Fromme, Helmut born at Westhofen 20. 5.16 201 983
Hstuf. Chef,3./Pz.GR.21 7.44 † 4. 8.44
Hstuf. Chef,15./Pz.GR.22 9.43 Acqueville
Ostuf. 2./LSSAH 6.40
So it seems Fromme never was command of Pz Gren Regt 21. If he was then temporarily between Richter and Wolf but only for days.
2. Richter. My sources say Richter was the CO of I/22 in 1944. This of course doesn't mean that he could not have been the CO of I/21 in July 1944 also.
To understand how Richter became commander II./21 we must go back to september 1944.
In the first days of september the 10th SS arrived in the Arnhem area. The larger part of Regt Stab of PGR 22 was lost. PGR had only one Regt Stab left - 21 - and two weak battaliongroups, each about 250 strong. The remnants of PGR 22 was even less strong.
It was orderd that the 10th SS Pz. Div must be ready for battle and started to reoganise inmidiatly. On 8 september it was ordered to reorganise the troops in what was called 'SS Pz.Grenadier Regiment Frundsberg.
Its consisted of the Regimental Stab 21 (Laubscheer)
one panzerjager Komp
one I.G. Komp
Most of the remnants of PGR 21 were making a battlion group and became I./21 (Hst Lohr?)
MOst of the remnants of PGR 22 were making a battalion group and became II./21 (Richter)
What remained (I believe) became III./21 (Hstuf Haucke??))
II/PGR 19 given by 9th SS became IV/21 (Euling)
Each Battalion was about 250 strong, containing 3 KP's (of which 1 Schwere).
So realize that at that time we can forget all what is written in the existing Fuhrerliste/DAL...
It seems to me that not all men knew that their 'original' battalion number had been changed and in story's published they still keep mention there old battalion nummers... Its possible that the battalions were named after their commander for the troops, while the numbering was used between the battalion, regimental and Division staffs. That is also why this period so complex.
We know that II./21 under command of Richter was send to the south with Kampfgruppe Heinke on the 10th of September where it joined up with a battalion of the 9th SS Pz.Div under command of Dr Segler... We will see them back in mid-october...
When the Alied airborne landings started on the 17th of September 1944 there was only one regimental Stab.
with 3 weak battalions (I./21, III./21 and IV./21)
In the storys about Arnhem and Nijmegen we know that I./21 was fighting around the bridge at Arnhem as part of Kampfgruppe Brinkmann. Its possibly that it was commanded by Hauptsturmfuhrer Lohr (temporarly)
Wearabouts about III./21 for that period are difficult to trace, it looks to me that they were also called II./22 (forinstance by Harmel)...and aslo figting at the bridge. I think (assumption) that Hauptsturmfuhrer Haucke was in temporary command.
IV/21 (Euling) was send to Nymegen, arriving at the bridge they fought one night under Kampfgruppe Brinkmann but were ordered move to Nijmegen. We know that at that time Euling was still named IV/21 as this is also mentioned on his RK citation.
During the Arnhem/Nijmegen battle the 10th received already reenforments. Heinke as Commander of the Ersatz battalion was send south with some throops (with Segler and Richter and others under command) but there is no mention that the Ersatz battalion itself was also send south...
By late September and the first days of October 1944 we see that Traupe was appointed commander of PZ Gren Regt 22. So at that time again two Regiments were organized each with (still) two weak battalions each. That each regiments had only two battalions is also mentioned by Harmel.
From the info I have I can make out that:-
-21 PGR (Laubscheer), with II./21 (Richter) and III./21 (Sattler)
I./21 seems no longer to exist. Richter was still with Heinke. In the Fuhrungsliste we Sattler is named as III./21..
22 PGR (Traupe) with now IV/21 becomming I./22 (Euling) and II./22 Gilhofer
By mid October Kampfgruppe Heinke returned with the remnants of Dr.Segler's battalion of 9th SS and Richter's II./21.
It was then that not Richter but Dr Segler took command of II./21. Richter was at that moment Haupsturmfuhrer and disapeared from view and returned in 1945 as Sturmbahnfuhrer and C.O. III./21... I wonder where we stayed in the time between october and februari 1945. Did he had to do some sorth of training or so?? This would explane it or had he become wouned while with Kampfgruppe Heinke???
Nevertheless Dr. Segler took command of II./21 (but was soon after Hstuf Siebert took command of II./21)
So about that time we have:-
PGR 21 (Laubscheer) with II/21 (Siebert) and III/21Stubf Sattler
PGR 21 (Traupe) still with I./22 (Euling) and II./22 Gilhofer
About that time Stubf Walter arrived. About that same time again the 10th SS Pz.Div had to send a battle group to 88 Armee Korps in the 's Hertogenbosch area.
A battle group was formed under command of Walter (not Traupe as in somany books is written) with two battalions. II./22 under command of Gilhofer and a second was the Heeres Battalion under command of Hauptmann Bruhn.
The name kampfgruppe Walther is several times mentioned in the KTB and Anlage of 88 AK (also Gilhofer is mentioned)
(and this is not the Kampfgruppe Walther who fought near Valkenswaard or near Veghel and Overloon!)
From all what I have read both Pz.Gren regiments had no third battalion before end November 1944.
So there seems to me I./21 did not exist from end september till late november when Bachmann took command of a new formed I./21.