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SS-Armee-Korps

Post by Endzeit Jan » 15 Sep 2008 08:33

Hi
I search Order of Battle of SS-Korps:
X.SS-AK
XIV.SS-AK
XVI.SS-AK
XVII.SS-AK
XVIII.SS-AK
What for an arrangement did these corps have? Corps troops?

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Re: SS-Armee-Korps

Post by Rob - wssob2 » 15 Sep 2008 23:58

Hi Endzeit - I'll give you the ORBAT for the X.SS-AK


X SS-Armeekorps was formed in West Prussia in February 1945 from the dissolved XIV SS-Armeekorps after the failure of Operation NORDWIND. The Corps was then dissolved the following month during the savage fighting on the Oder front.

Commanders:
SS-Obergruppenführer Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski January? - February 1945
Generalleutnant (H) Günther Krappe Feb - March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Herbert Golz March 1945

TOE:
Composite of Attached Units Feb-March 1945
Stab
Kampfgruppe or Gruppe Lehmann (aka Infantry Division Maerkisch Friedland) under commander General S. Schleinitz

1., 2., 3. and 4. Fahnenjunkerregimente (formed in 2. Officer's Artillery School in Gross-Born), each regiment consisted of two batallions of three companies (70-100 soldiers in each), plus an unknown amount of artillery

-Volkssturmregiment Deutsch Krone (formed at the end of January 1945 in Deutsch Krone): one fortress machine gun batallion, local Volkssturm and some small battlegroups (commanding staff mainly from 122. Infantry Division)

139 Grenadier Regiment (since 04th February 1945): two battalions with three companies each (130 men & 9 MG per company)

Kampfgruppe Muezig (1,200 men),
Kampfgruppe Kuehlmann (1,000 men),
SS-Kraftfahr Kompanie X. Waffen-A.K.d.SS (possibly with Estonian recruits)
402 Division z.b.V. (since 5th February 1945)
Part of 163rd Infantry Division (since 14th February 1945)
5th Jäger Division (since 10th February 1945)
Engineers batallion (250 men), artillery regiment (36 howitzers 10.5 cm) and an A/T batallion (20 guns)

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Re: SS-Armee-Korps

Post by Rob - wssob2 » 16 Sep 2008 00:03

What the heck - Here's the XIV SS-Armeekorps as well:

Another example of the inflated paper stength of the Waffen-SS corps in the last year of the war, the XIV SS Corps existed for roughly three months. It participated in Operation NORDWIND

Commanders:
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Reinfarth November - December 1944? (as staff was forming?)
SS-Obergruppenführer Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski Nov 1944 - Jan 1945


Units:
November 1944
9th Volksgrenadier Division
Assorted replacement training battalions
Volkstrum units
Custom frontier guards
Two railway guns
Total estimated strength: 12,000 men

January 1945 716th Infantry Division?
553rd Volksgrenadier Division
10th Parachute Division
Division #405
Division "Hüter"
Begleit Battalion Reichführer-SS
SS-Polizei-Nachrichten Kompanie 41

Each of the corps you mentioned were scratch units pulled together with whatever was available.

For example XVII Waffen-Armee Korps der SS (Ungarisches) was a "corps" staff in name only, this unit was formed in the last months of the war as the tactical command for the Hungarian Waffen-SS divisions. The unit may have also had several Heer officers. It never completely formed and saw no significant action other than being caught up on the Eastern front during the death throes of Nazi Germany.

Commanders:
SS-Obergruppenführer Ferenc Feketehalmi-Czeydner (Franz Zeidner)* March - April 1945
SS-Obergruppenführer Jeno Ruszkay April - May 1945

(*Feketehalmi-Czeydner command was actually Inspector-General of all Hungarian Waffen-SS forces. A Hungarian career officer and member of the Hungarian General Staff, Feketehalmi-Czeydner was dismissed from command in August 1942 for the warcrimes of troops under his command at Ujvidek in Yugoslavia. Fleeing Hungary for Germany, Feketehalmi-Czeydner joined the SS and became Deputy Minister of Defence under the puppet Hungarian Arrow Cross government. His active role as commander of this army corps is undertain, as Czeydner was incapacitated by throat cancer in January 1945. He was extradited to Yugoslavia to stand trial for war crimes and executed in November 1946.)

Corps formation:
An estimated 260 men, including a motorcycle, translation, signals and guards units. Few senior staff roles had been assigned, as this unit was never fully created.

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Re: SS-Armee-Korps

Post by Endzeit Jan » 16 Sep 2008 05:34

Hi
Thanks Rob. Its great Info.
In the OOB its the 10.Parachute Division.
This is not corect???
Jan

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Re: SS-Armee-Korps

Post by Rob - wssob2 » 16 Sep 2008 05:40

Hi Jan, for the XIV SS Corps here are my sources:

Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-45 - Kurt Mehner - Patzwall - 1995

Forgotten Legions: Obscure Combat Formations of the Waffen-SS - Antonio Munoz - Axis Europa Books - 1991

Hitler's Bandit Hunters: The SS and the Nazi Occupation of Europe � Phillip W. Blood � Potomac Books � 2006

Seven Days in January - Wolf T. Zoepf - Aberjona Press - 2001

The Final Crisis: Combat in Northern Alsace January 1945 - Richard Engler - Aberjona Press - 1999

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Re: SS-Armee-Korps

Post by Endzeit Jan » 16 Sep 2008 21:08

Thanks Rob
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Re: SS-Armee-Korps

Post by Endzeit Jan » 19 Sep 2008 07:54

Hi
OOB from X.Waffen-AK der SS (estn.)?? :

SS-Nachrichten-Abt.??
Arko 504 ??
SS-Kraftfahrkompanie X.Waffen-AK der SS (estn.)??

Jan

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