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The II. SS-Panzerkorps - Location of the SS-Hohenstaufen Alarm Units 1944.
British reports that followed the Battle of Arnhem mentioned that they had encountered heavy enemy resistance, but here's what actually lay behind the German resistance line. According to Harzer, the deployment was as follows:
1. Beekbergen: reduced staff of the division. Defense company 120 men. A troop of the Feldgendarmerie (field gendarmerie) 60 men. Mixed company of the SS-Nachrichten Btl. 9, 80 men to maintain basic communications.
2. Apeldoorn: Logistics company 9, maintenance company, 70 infantrymen and technical personnel.
3. Wormen (south of Apeldoorn): one anti-tank company, 120 men without guns.
4. Hoenderloo: SS-Aufkl. Abt 9 with three companies, 500 men with 30 schützenpanzerwagen (AFV Sd.Kfz. 251) and spähwagen (armored recce car).
5. Zutphen: two alarm companies (without guns) of SS-Pz Gr Regt 19.
6. Brummen: company of sappers, 60 men.
7. Dieren: two alarm companies (without guns) of the SS-Pz AR 9, employed as infantry.
8. Rheden: two alarm companies (without guns) of SS-Pz Gr Regt 20.
9. Velp: two sanitary companies.
10. Arnhem: two alarm companies of the SS-Pz Regt 9 (only in the military barracks northeast of the city).
11. Oosterbeek: SS-Sturmbannführer Sepp Krafft's (training and replacement) battalion, originally not with SS-Hohenstaufen.
The total of these troops reached 2,500 men.
According to Harzer, while the German leadership was aware of the possibility of small drops behind the front, they were completely unaware of the mass drop of three Allied divisions. This is so because the transport of the SS-Hohenstaufen Division continued until the evening of September 17, 1944.
Sources: https://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Gl ... /9SSPD.htm
https://www.geldersarchief.nl/bronnen/a ... &milang=nl
Arnheim: Der Kampf um die Brücken über den Rhein 1944. Antony Beevor
Cheers. Raúl M
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