An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 26 Apr 2022 21:20

New find and additional information

Volkssturm-Bataillon Greven // Volkssturm-Bataillon Müller - Kreis Münster Gau Westfalen-Nord

[4 Kompanies]

https://ausstellungen.deutsche-digitale ... n-1945/#s6

Volkssturm-Bataillon Niklasdorf - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Josef Wallner] - Kreis Leoben Reichsgau Steiermark ... hausen.pdf

Volkssturm-Bataillon Norderney - Kreis Norden Gau Weser-Ems

http://marineartillerie.festungnorderne ... 43-45.html

Sonderkommandos Haupt (Deutscher Volkssturm) Kreis Gotha Gau Thüringen ... 8_NS_6.xml

It is nice to see that a Volkssturm-Bataillon has its own WIKI post. Nicely presented

Volkssturm-Bataillon 7/108 - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Hauptmann Hermann Rieger, 8. Februar 1945 Kurt Lettow] Kreis Ansbach Gau Franken

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Das letzte Aufgebot des Teufels. Dramatischer Einsatz des Volkssturmbataillons 7/108 Franken

The Volkssturm battalion 7/108 Franken fought for weeks on the Oder front near Lebus - the 2nd company consisted only of Rothenburgers.

In Franconia, a separate Volkssturm battalion was formed, which had its origin in the name "Volkssturm Battalion Franken 7/108", to which
the NSDAP Gauleiter Holz attached great importance. It was assembled in Ansbach and consisted of four companies: the Ansbachers in the
1st company, the Rothenburgers in the 2nd company, the Weißenburgers in the 3rd company and the Dinkelsbühlers, Feuchtwangern and Wassertrüdingern in the 4th company.

In addition to the Franken Volkssturm Battalion, there were also the Bayreuth and Mainfranken Volkssturm Battalions 134, which were deployed
in Frankfurt an der Oder. The Main Franconian battalion was set up in Würzburg at the end of December 1944 and brought to the eastern border
in early January to ward off Soviet tanks. However, not only the original Volkssturm battalions were used, but the party districts formed so-called “Volkssturm battalions zbV” (for special disposal) from all existing Volkssturm battalions in the respective district, which were preferably
equipped with German weapons. For example, the Bayreuth battalion was called "Volkssturm Battalion zbV 2/1". This battalion was surrounded by Soviet troops on January 31, 1945 near Zielenzig east of Frankfurt an der Oder and largely destroyed.

The Mainfränkisches Volkssturm battalion was loaded in Würzburg in early January 1945. An eyewitness who was standing in the immediate vicinity
of the Gauleiter later reported that during this process the NSDAP Gauleiter Hellmuth, when he said goodbye to the Volkssturm men, said to someone next to him: "We have no interest in these people coming back!" What was meant a troop of Volkssturm men who were just boarding the train, made up only of "bleaters and black sheep", and they wanted to get out of the city this way.

The leader of the Volkssturm Battalion 7/108 Franken was first Captain Hermann Rieger. He was 60 years old and a professor in Ansbach. In the
mid-1960s, his adjutant Hanns Baron Freytag von Loringhoven self-published a book entitled "The Devil's Last Recruitment. Dramatic Deployment
of the Volkssturm Battalion 7/108 Franken”, which he dedicated to his former Volkssturm men.

Hitlerjunges brought the position orders

Chief of the 2nd company, to which "the Rothenburgers" belonged, was the railroad worker and old party member Hans Hirsch, later Körner;
train drivers were Otto Deissenberger and Johann Schleeh; Group leaders Johann Riedel, Heinrich Oberndörfer, Wilhelm Model, Kurt Herbst and
Fritz Habel. The 1st company (“the Ansbachers”) was led by Künzel, the 3rd company (“the Weißenburgers and Gunzenhauseners”) by bank
director Hermann Schippel and the 4th company (“the Dinkelsbühlers”) by elementary school teachers and deputy NSDAP district leaders as well
as Gestapo chief Hannes Meyer. In the book mentioned above, Johann (Hans) Schleeh reports how the Rothenburg Volkssturm men were deployed:

“During the night of January 23rd to 24th, 1945, I was awakened by a loud knock on the front door. When I opened the door, two Hitler Youth
were standing on skis in front of the door and brought me the party's position order. The wording was something like this: 'On January 24, 8 a.m.,
you have to report to the Oberrealschule in Rothenburg. Bring along warm woolen clothes, blankets, etc.' ... When I arrived at the Oberrealschule
in a horse-drawn sleigh, sleighs with men came from all directions with the same goal. We were divided into groups. My group leader was a party member, an SA man who, as I soon realized, had no idea what soldierly behavior was. As it turned out later, he also had no idea about a carbine
and how to use it. The day passed with dressing and dividing. ...On the second day we were loaded and taken to Ansbach. There, in the Onoldia
Hall, the battalion was assembled. .. (where) we (received) the weapons right away, ancient long rifles from the First World War, then Italian,
Czech, etc. Some of the rifles were rusted, others were missing the safety catch or even the rear sight. Just unbelievable!"

Ansbach battalion commander was court-martialled

The Frankish battalion rolled to the Oder for three days and three nights. It was thaw. The ice melted. The Franks took up position in Lebus
near Frankfurt and were immediately involved in fierce and costly defensive fighting. The poorly equipped units of the Volkssturm Battalion
Franken could not hold the position in a Soviet artillery attack. Battalion Commander Rieger from Ansbach took them back without having had
orders to do so. He was arrested on February 8, 1945, deposed as battalion commander and court-martialled by the 9th Army. General Busse threatened to be shot by court martial. It didn't come to that. Rieger was punished for "offence in the field". The undisclosed sentence was suspended for "probation in front of the enemy" and he continued to be used as "Volkssturmmann in the lowest rank". Rieger survived the war.
His successor was Kurt Lettow.

Johann Rößler packed his backpack and disappeared

The Franconian battalion was almost continuously involved in defensive fighting on the Oder. The Soviets absolutely wanted to be in Berlin
before the Western Allies, regardless of their own losses. The adjutant of the battalion commander, Baron Freytag von Loringhoven, describes a
war scene somewhat effusively in his already mentioned book:

"The battle raged. The impacts crashed in front of and behind us... Our Rothenburgers should be there soon. Faster than we could have hoped.
The Plönlein and the Markusturm, the Jakobskirche and the Taubertal shone from their faces. You closed up with the calm composure of old
soldiers and got ready to counterattack...".

When the Rothenburgers were reassigned to their positions on the Oder front at the end of January 1945, the Rothenburg Volkssturm man Johann Rößler packed his backpack, said goodbye with the words "kiss my ass" and disappeared. He reappeared in his hometown, was brought before a court-martial and shot on April 7, 1945 in the Rothenburg cemetery for being removed from the troops without permission.

The Franconian battalion was allowed to go home again

Meanwhile, defensive fighting on the Oder front continued day after day until the Volkssturm Battalion Franken was exhausted. At the end of
March 1945, the battalion was relieved and transferred back to the homeland of Franconia. The Commanding General of the XI. SS Panzer Corps,
SS Group Leader and General of the Waffen SS Kleinheisterkamp, ​​wrote to the Leader of Volkssturm Battalion 7/108 Franken, Lettow:

"The Volkssturm Battalion ... is now leaving the subordination and combat use of the XI. SS Panzer Corps. I take the opportunity to express my
thanks and my fullest appreciation to the men of the battalion for their achievements. Suddenly torn out of civilian work, the men from
Volkssturm Battalion 7/108 played a key role in stopping the Bolshevik flood on the Oder between Frankfurt and Küstrin at the beginning of
February. ... The sacrifices made by the battalion are a testament to the hardships of the fighting that had to be endured. But they have not been
in vain. My best wishes accompany the battalion on its way to the homeland. Hail the Fuhrer.”

Körner, head of the "Rothenburg" company, wrote:

"The 2nd company has fulfilled its duty in nine weeks of hardest regional deployment and happily welcomes the divisional order of April 1, 1945, which finally opens the way to the homeland for the battalion. You therefore expect complete, rapid execution of this order, especially since the closer home needs the last man to avert the gravest danger at the moment."

The division commander, Major General von Siegroth, also thanked the Franks:

"The Volkssturm men of the Franconian Battalion are now returning to their home region, which is partly occupied by Anglo-Americans, after the heavy fighting on the Oder front. They will stand up there in defense of their closest home just as much as they do here on the Oder front... Heil Hitler!"

Twelve Volkssturm men had been awarded the EK II clasp, 29 men the EK II and 47 men the Assault Badge.

Willi Stahl came back to Tauberscheckenbach happily

The return journey from the Oder Front to Franconia was extremely dangerous due to bomber and low-flying aircraft attacks. At the Bavarian
border, everyone tried to get through to their home town. Willi Stahl from Tauberscheckenbach and Hans Schleeh from Rothenburg ended up in American captivity after an adventurous odyssey. Willi Stahl was soon released and returned to his farm on May 18, 1945, where only the barn
had burned down. "How happy my dear relatives and I were to see each other safely."

The dead Rothenburgers of the Oder Front

Not everyone had a reunion at home. The Volkssturm men Bauer, Gumbrecht (Habelsee), Gerlinger (Hartershofen), Gögelein (Gailshofen),
Hündlein, Friedrich Klein, Leonhard Knausenberger (Schweinsdorf), Leder (Linden), Nagel (Steinsfeld), Neumeister (Habelsee) fell from
Rothenburg on the Oder front. , Michael Rummel (Lohrbach), Fritz Schlump, Hans Störzer, Johann Vogt (Hemmendorf), Johann Vorlaufer, Karl Weihermann; shot in Rothenburg because he left the Franken Volkssturm Battalion on the Oder front without permission: Johann Rößler.
Missing (as of 1965): Ehnes (Insingen), Johann Junker (Pleikartshof), Klais (Ruckershofen).

Sources: Hanns Baron Freytag von Loringhoven: Das letzte Aufgebot des Teufels. Dramatischer Einsatz des Volkssturmbataillons 7/108 Franken
"The devil's last contingent. Dramatic deployment of the Volkssturm Battalion 7/108 Franken, self-published, no year (mid-1960s, after 1965). – Richard Schmitt: A war crime that has hardly been recognized until now”, in: “Die Linde” 3/2012, 17-23. - G. Steffel "The Tragedy of the
Volkssturm Battalion zbV 2/1 Bayreuth", in: Archive for the History of Upper Franconia, Volume 69, Bayreuth 1989. G. Steffel „Die Tragödie des Volkssturmbataillons z.b.V. 2/1 Bayreuth“, in: Archiv für Geschichte von Oberfranken, Band 69, Bayreuth 1989.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 27 Apr 2022 06:32

Volksopfer für Wehrmacht und Volkssturm

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The People's Sacrifice for Wehrmacht and Volkssturm

The People's Sacrifice for Wehrmacht and Volkssturm (also People's Sacrifice 1945 ) was a 1945 action proclaimed by the National Socialist government to collect equipment and clothing.

On January 5, 1945, Joseph Goebbels , Heinrich Himmler and Walther Funk called for this collection campaign. From January 7 to 28, 1945,
clothing and equipment for the Volkssturm and Wehrmacht were to be donated. Reich Minister of Education Bernhard Rust ordered all schools to
be made aware of the importance of the collection; Reichsminister Lammers ordered that all official uniforms that were not absolutely necessary
for official use be handed over.

On January 13, 1945, Joseph Goebbels dictated for his diary: “The large collection of textiles, which runs under the title 'Volksopfer', has got
off to a very good start. We hope to get the desired result of 100,000 tons. Achieving this result would get us out of any current troubles.

The National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) opened a total of 60,000 collection points in the Reich. In the entire Reich area, 80,000
tons of textiles could be collected through the “Volksopfer-Collection”, which was later extended to February 11, 1945.

On January 10, 1945, Adolf Hitler issued an ordinance (RGBl. I, p. 5) that promised the death penalty for those who embezzled collection items. ... Volkssturm
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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 28 Apr 2022 04:44

Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/115 Siemensstadt
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/132 Siemensstadt

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"Death was our companion" by Tissier
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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 28 Apr 2022 05:28

New find and additional information

Volkssturm-Bataillon Fürstenfeldbruck - Kreis Fürstenfeldbruck Gau München-Oberbayern
Volkssturm-Bataillon Mammendorf - [Volkssturm-Bataillon-Führer Alfred Haug] Kreis Fürstenfeldbruck Gau München-Oberbayern ... -1.2459041

Volkssturm-Bataillon 1/332 // Volkssturm-Bataillon Schiltach - Kreis Wolfach Gau Baden-Elsaß


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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 11 May 2022 05:49

Hello AHF Family

I have been working on The Hitler-Jugend as of late, so the reason for the absence, if anyone is wondering... lol -

Does any members have copies of the following books : -

The HJ - John R. Angolia

Hitler Youth : History, Organisation, Uniforms and Insignia - Frederick J. Stephens

The Hitler Youth - David Littlejohn

Youth Led by Youth: Some Aspects of the Hitlerjugend by Philip Baker [3 Volumes] Vilmor Publications

Le N.S.D.A.P. Uniformologie & Organigramme by Francis Catella

If so, could you privately message or email me.

Most respectfully


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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 14 May 2022 21:18

New find

Volkssturm-Bataillon 27/455 - Grimma / Reichsgau Sachsen



The battalion was part of the 464. Division and was deployed along the Mulde.

The battalion was subordinate to Kampfgruppe Bunk, which had its command post in Grechwitz; Commander of the Kampfgruppe war Major Bunk,
who was himself commander of the 51. Panzergrenadier-Ersatz- und Ausbildungsbataillon. Kampfgruppe Bunk consisted of the following units:

- 2 Kompanie des 51. Panzergrenadier-Ersatz- und Ausbildungsbataillon (1 marching company & 1 main company)

- 1 Kompanie vom 4. Transport-Ersatz- und Ausbildungs-Bataillon

- 6 Kompanies vom Volkssturm-Bataillon 27/455, of which only 4 Kompanien were identified by the Americans. Apart from the 4. Kompanie he remaining companies were weak companies, each only 30 to 40 men strong. The 4th company had a strength of 105 men and had 70 submachine guns and 15 to 20 rocket-propelled grenades.


G2 Periodic Reports Nr. 301 vom 22.04.1945 & Nr. 302 vom 23.04.1945 der 2. US Infanterie-Division. ... on-27-455/

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