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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Die Schlacht um Berlin, 26. April – 2. Mai 1945 - Bundeswehr.de Resources

Volkssturm

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Verteidigungs-Abschnitt Berlin

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The maps and further information can be found in: Peter Lieb: The Battle of Berlin and the End of the Third Reich in 1945, Stuttgart:
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Peter Lieb: Die Schlacht um Berlin und das Ende des Dritten Reichs 1945, Stuttgart: Reclam 2020 (= Kriege der Moderne), 160 Seiten,
14,95 Euro, ISBN 978-3-15-011272-4.


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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Halfdan S. » 22 Jan 2022 00:52

Cheers Mate, thanks for posting, interesting metadata in this map.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Halfdan S. wrote:
22 Jan 2022 00:52
Cheers Mate, thanks for posting, interesting metadata in this map.

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My respects always Haldan S

I noticed your interest in Verteidigungs-Abschnitt Berlin

A larger map is found in the links Mate.

I am pleased to have helped you.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 22 Jan 2022 03:57

New finds from the Book

Als die Rote Armee nach Deutschland kam -
Der Untergang der Divisionen in Ostpreußen · Danzig · Westpreußen Mecklenburg · Pommern · Schlesien Sachsen · Berlin und Brandenburg

Author WERNER HAUPT


Page 47

Gau Oberschlesien

Volkssturm-Bataillon 23/281
Volkssturm-Bataillon 23/282
Volkssturm-Bataillon 23/283

Page 124

Gau Brandenburg

Volkssturm-Bataillon Drebkau
Volkssturm-Bataillon Kalau
Volkssturm-Bataillon Luckau
Volkssturm-Bataillon Wetschau

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 22 Jan 2022 22:41

Gruppe Köslin = Einsatz-Division Köslin = Division Köslin

In the T311 R170_2 02_HG Weichsel Anlagen zum KTB 20.04.45 bis 29.04.45 I have identified a possible error in the records for :-

In the archives https://www.archivportal-d.de/item/OXQE ... A4K4Z7VO33 the following is stated

Division Köslin

Regiment Karnkewitz (2 Alarm-, 5 Volkssturm-Bataillones)
Regiment Jatzinhen (3 Alarm-, 5 Volkssturm-Bataillones)

However in the HG Weichsel Anlagen zum KTB the following is recorded

Koslin.JPG

Further change

Koslin 2.JPG

The Regiment Jatzinhen is also Regiment Jatzingen as well as Regiment Jatzmigen or there was 3 Officers with very similar surnames who
happened, in one way or another, to have commanded the Regiment!!!

Also

Regiment Komkwitz is not recorded in the archives and elsewhere yet Regiment Karnkewitz is.

Just an observation

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Jan 2022 21:49

From The history of the city of Tapiau (Hans Schenck) page 266-269

The Volkssturm commander in the Tapiau area was Retgen-Hasenberg. He pointed out to General Horn the lack of clarity in adjoining our position
to the Pregel position. The meeting continued until morning. According to General Horn, the Russians should have reached the Daima Line within three days.

Indeed, on the evening of January 23, 1945, Tapiau was fired upon by tanks. General Horn gave the order for the immediate evacuation of the
city. To this end, all vehicles of the armed forces were detained and additionally loaded with refugees and their property. The Tapiau-Königsberg road (Reichsstraße 1) was cleared for refugees to avoid more traffic jams.

Retgen-Hasenberg spoke about the combat use of the Volkssturm. The head of the local party organization in Tapiau was intended to be the commander of the battalion, who, however, stated that due to urgent party-political assignments elsewhere, he could not accept the battalion at the moment. A Volkssturm battalion of three companies already on January 18 took up positions in the bunkers of the Daime line from Tapiau to Goldbach. The bunkers were equipped with old-style heavy machine guns, the use of which was hastily taught to the personnel by some
infantry non-commissioned officer. The Daime River was kept ice-free until the 19th with the help of an icebreaker in order to prevent an unexpected attack by enemy reconnaissance units.

The next day, the 3rd company (formed from the inhabitants of the area east of the Daime River) received an order to disperse to their homes in order to speed up the advance of the refugee columns. In the evening of the same day, columns of refugees began to approach from the east
through Daime, the people who were in them reported that part of the columns of refugees were crushed by Russian tanks in the Sanditt forest, fired upon and turned back. The next morning, the 2nd company announced its complete disbandment. From the 1st company, I also gave several people dismissal in order to facilitate the dispatch of columns of refugees, of which only Herr von Perbandt from Langendorf returned. Our very depleted bunker crews were replaced by the infantry of the 561stVolks-Grenadier-Division in the evening of the same day. The fireworks have
begun. In the starry night, tracer bullets from Russian machine guns flew in our direction in a high arc.

The battalion was disbanded and attached to the Volkssturm battalion deployed in the states of the military unit from Niederung.

The shelling of the city by tanks on the night of January 23 caused destruction in houses, there were several direct hits. The trees in the Market Garden were shredded by shells and shell fragments. Artillery fire intensified, anticipating the entry of the enemy into the city.

Almost to the day, because on January 17, 1758, the Russians once already entered Tapiau, the enemy occupied our old beloved hometown ...


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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 24 Jan 2022 10:45

Germanicus wrote:
22 Jan 2022 22:41
Gruppe Köslin = Einsatz-Division Köslin = Division Köslin

In the T311 R170_HG Weichsel Anlagen zum KTB 20.04.45 bis 29.04.45 I have identified a possible error in the records for :-

In the archives https://www.archivportal-d.de/item/OXQE ... A4K4Z7VO33 the following is stated

Division Köslin

Regiment Karnkewitz (2 Alarm-, 5 Volkssturm-Bataillones)
Regiment Jatzinhen (3 Alarm-, 5 Volkssturm-Bataillones)

However in the HG Weichsel Anlagen zum KTB the following is recorded


Koslin.JPG


Further change


Koslin 2.JPG


The Regiment Jatzinhen is also Regiment Jatzingen as well as Regiment Jatzmigen or there was 3 Officers with very similar surnames who
happened, in one way or another, to have commanded the Regiment!!!

Also

Regiment Komkwitz is not recorded in the archives and elsewhere yet Regiment Karnkewitz is.

Just an observation

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Pleasae see the link above

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 24 Jan 2022 23:46

The image of the battle for Poznań (1945) in the light German documents and materials - Prof. UAM dr. hab. Krzysztofa Rzepy

The Volkssturm at Posen

To defend the "b1" position, the commander of the 21st Military District had 21 Volkssturm-Bataillones where as already mentioned, as many as
14 divisions were required - cf. Christopher Duffy, op. cit, p. 378

Generalmajor Ernst Mattern

appointed commander of Festung Posen in Poland on 10 December 1944, and he commanded the garrison of Posen during
the Battle of Posen in 1945.

Kriegstagebuch der Stellv. Gen. Kdo. XXI A.K., (Militär Archiv In Freiburg) Annex 8, reference number RH53-21 / 14.

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Single Volkssturm-Bataillones began to be moved on lines "b1" and "b2" and hastily organized battle groups (Kampfgruppen). Those entering the
fight with the march do not they had no chance of successfully fighting. It is also worth noting that only few of these divisions have had the opportunity to use so carefully prepared positions and positions.

Anyway, Generalmajor Ernst Mattern then complained that of the five divisions that, according to the original assumptions, was intended for
the defense of Posen, not a single one has reached the city. This the same also happened to the promised 24 Volkssturm-Bataillones that they
were to reinforce the crew of Festung Posen.

Desperate attempts to stop the advancing troops with the help of Volkssturm-Bataillones and local units (mainly smaller units spare and reserve)

Volkssturm-Bataillon 36/9 Posen

In this way, an attempt was made to use one of the Volkssturm-Bataillon 36/9 Posen. The alarm for the battalion was announced on
January 17, 1945. Its commander was Dr. Pertram or Petram. Commander one of the companies was called Kleinhans. According to the
battalion soldier, the Volkssturman Eugen Schmidt his the company consisted of 90 men armed with Russian rifles (most likely Mosina) and
one Russian light machine gun (DP 28?). The day after the alarm was announced, the battalion it was transported by rail about 20 km east of
Koło (Warthbrücken), where it was immediately after leaving Battalion train entered the fight. It soon turned out that the Russian tanks had
broken through the German ones lines and circled the city. On the night of January 19-20, the battalion was withdrawn to Koło, from where it
was with other units

The Wehrmacht battalion was retreating towards Konin, which in the meantime had already been taken over by the Russians. In that
situation, the Battalion was ordered to quickly march back to Posen, which began in the afternoon of the 20th January. The battalion, or in
fact a part of it (because it turned out that only one in three was here soldier of the Battalion), after 14 hours, in the morning he reached Strzalkowo (Grenzhausen). Moreover, when after After a short rest, the battalion was assembled, it turned out that only 40 soldiers remained, because in the meantime, part of the battalion commander went in an unknown direction.

From now on all hearing about him and the people who were with him was lost. Other groups also broke through towards western. The
remaining soldiers of the Volkssturm-Bataillon 36/9 were breaking through towards the German lines. In total, about 65 soldiers on January 24
and 25 managed to reach Buk (Buchenstadt) from where in the next ones days they were transported via Frankfurt (Oder) to Berlin.

[Volkssturmann Eugen Schmidt Vst. Btl. 9., Sanitäter, (Militär Archiv In Freiburg ), sygn. RH- 53- 21/17,s. 46.]

in 1965 in Kronika The city of Poseń reported that the total number of the garrison of the Poznań fortress was 50,000.

This number consisted of: 31,150 permanent crew soldiers - it should be noted that this number is very close to the calculations given in his
later work "Liberation of Poznań 1945". The rest of the crew were soldiers from the units broken up east of Pooseń (9,000) and the
Volkssturm (10000-12000)

[Stanisław Okęcki, Wyzwolenie Poznania w r. 1945 w świetle najnowszych badań, [w:] Kronika Miasta Poznania, nr 1, 1965, s. 18]

the number of defenders was as follows: 15 700 soldiers of proper fortress units 22,600 units detained by intercept stations, 11,600 reserve army soldiers (from hospitals, vacationers, companies marching), 8,000 "Volkssturmans", 1,100 Hungarians, "Vlasovtsi", etc., 2,500 members of the SS
and police forces (including their rear outposts).

[Zbigniew Szumowski, Boje o Poznań, Poznań 1985]

As early as November 1944, four Volkssturm-Bataillones were formed in Posen Volkssturm (each in the strength of about 400-500 people),
however, only one (Volkssturm-Bataillon 36/15.) took part in the fighting, the other three Volkssturm-Bataillones fought outside Posen.

[KTB XXI A.K…, Gliederung der Ostbefestigungen im Wehkreis XXI. Anlage 1, sygn. RH-53-21/14]

Abschnitt WEST, Unterabschnitt V

Unterabschnitt V occupied the relatively largest area of ​​Poznań's defense.

It stretched from the embankment of the railway line to Szczecin, up to the Warta River in the region Lubonia. The area between the railway line and Fort VII (Colomb) was occupied by two Luftwaffe companies. Further on, the area between forts VIIa (Strotha) and VIII (Grolman)
(including them) was occupied by the Volkssturm-Bataillon 36/15. A battalion made up of soldiers The Luftwaffe, commanded by Major Degive,
took positions along the line of forts VIIIa (Rohr) and IX (Brünneck).

To the left of the Degive battalion's position, troops were deployed battalion of Luftwaffe soldiers of Lieutenant Colonel Rogalski, whose
positions ranged as far as Worth it. The battalion command post was located in Fort IXa (Witzleben).

In the vicinity of the Ławica airport (Boelkehorst) on the so-called The Berlinerhöhe featured two batteries anti-aircraft guns (209th and 230th).
On the other hand, in the area of ​​Dębina, the number of new arrivals was located hours before the end of the lap, a double battery of 88 mm
caliber cannons (Doppel RAD- Batterie). Single 88 mm cannons, also placed next to the forts (e.g. at Fort VIII).

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Volkssturm-Bataillon 36/15

The account of the commander of one of the companies of the Volkssturm-Bataillon 36/15 has been preserved. After leaving the position, on
the night of January 30-31, the soldiers went west. Within the next night the battalion soldiers left Poznań and on February 2 they reached
Kopaniny (Gut Falkenried) south of Szamotuły. Around 1 p.m. positions the battalion (and probably some part of the other soldiers of the "West" episode) was attacked strong soviet branch. As a result of the attack, the battalion suffered heavy casualties in the dead and taken captive.
In the building of the local school, local Poles established a point dressing, and a temporary prisoner-of-war camp nearby.

However, the author quoted report, he managed to escape from it and joined the battle group near Sieraków (Zirke) commanded by Hauptmann Luftwaffe Niederhausen. After nearly three weeks tearing through the territories occupied by the Red Army, he finally managed on February 23,
1945 reach Potsdam.

[Bericht; NN, Kp. Führer 2. Kp. V. Btl. 15., (Militär Archiv In Freiburg ), sygn. RH- 53- 21/17, s. 47]

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 25 Jan 2022 20:38

Articles written of the Volkssturm

Knebel, Hajo / 1929-2006

Der deutsche Volkssturm : die Volkssturmbataillone Kirchberg und Gemünden 1944/45
In: Hunsrücker Heimatblätter. - 7 (1967), Nr. 14, Seite 147-152.

Wagner, Theo:

Dem Einsatz im Zweiten Weltkrieg knapp entgangen : auch Jugendliche aus Hoxel gehörten "zum letzten Aufgebot"

In: Die Hott. - 38 (2020) = H. 75, Seite 18-19. - 1 Illustration

Heyden, Karl W..

- Auszug aus dem Volkssturmtagebuch meines Vaters In: Oppenheimer Hefte. - Nr. 10 = 1995, April, S. 57-69

Knebel, Hajo / 1929-2006:

Der Deutsche Volkssturm : Volkssturmbataillon Kastellaun 1944/45
In: Hunsrücker Heimatblätter. - 2 (1962), Nr. 3, Seite 12-15.

Knebel, Hajo / 1929-2006:

Das letzte Aufgebot : der deutsche Volkssturm 1944/45 im Hunsrück
In: Naheland-Kalender. - (1968), Seite 46-48.

https://rpb.lbz-rlp.de/cgi-bin/wwwalleg ... volkssturm

Wäller Heimat. - 2008,

Eine "Odyssee" durch Kriegsdeutschland : Erlebnisse eines 16-Jährigen im "Volkssturm" - S. 181-184

Endres, Albert

Von Kaisers Garde zu Hitlers Volkssturm? : Militärisches aus der Familiengeschichte - S. 73-81

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 27 Jan 2022 03:56

To tell you the truth I need NARA File T 81, Roll 95 to understand what this is..

Signatur: MA 134

Art: Rolle

Bandnummer: 2

Gesamtthesaurus:

Staatliche und parteiamtliche Akten » Deutsches Reich (bis 1945) » PERTINENZBESTÄNDE » Volkssturm

Bestand: Deutscher Volkssturm

Titel: Volkssturm

Enthält:

1) Material über Volkssturm aus Strassburg, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal, Celle, Walsrode, Thüringen, circa 700 Seiten;

2) Notizen verschiedener Volkssturmbataillone: Namenslisten, Dienstpläne, Einsatzbefehle, Alarmübungen, Wachvorschriften, circa 300 Seiten;

3) Bataillons-Befehle und Anweisungen über Panzer-Nahbekämpfung, Bau von Panzersperren, Lagerung von Panzerfäusten, Panzerwarndienst,
circa 200 Seiten;

Darin unter anderem:

1) Volkssturm-Befehl 32/45 der Kreisleitung Celle vom 20. März 1945: Maßnahmen im Falle von Verletzungen der Volkssturm-Dienstpflicht,
Bl. 9311-9314;

2) Sicherheitsdienst-Bericht vom 08. November 1944: Stimmen zum Erlass Hitler über die Bildung des Deutschen Volkssturms, Bl. 9117-9122;

3) Protokoll Puruckers vom 30. November 1944: Besprechung über Volkssturmbewaffnung bei Hauptdienstleiter (HDL) Saur, Bl. 9871;

4) Bekanntgabe eines Fs. durch die 276 Volksgrenadier-Division am 11. März 1945: 'Führerbefehl' über Behandlung von Angehörigen der Soldaten, denen Feigheit vor dem Feind nachgewiesen werden kann, Bl. 9876;

5) Volkssturm-Grenadier-Regiment 476, Bekanntgabe vom 23. Februar 1945: Durchhalteverpflichtung von Bunkerbesatzungen und Schießbefehl
für die Kompanieführer bei erkannter Rückmarschbewegung von Angehörigen der Kompanie, Bl. 9877;

6) Höherer SS- und Polizeiführer West, Anordnung vom 23. November 1944: Grundsätze der Mannschaftsführung im Deutschen Volkssturm,
Bl. 9878;

7) Deutscher Volkssturm/ Gau 18 an Bataillonsführer des Deutschen Volkssturms 18/8 vom 01. Februar 1945: Bestrafung von Holzdiebstählen an Panzersperren, Bl. 9880;

8) Landesbauamt Lüneburg an Landräte in Lüneburg, Ülzen usw. vom 17. Mai 1945: Vermeidung von Verkehrsschwierigkeiten beim Bau von Panzersperren an Landstraßen, Bl. 9881-9882;

9) Kommandeur des Schutzbezirks Hamburg an Obersturmführer Kappenberg vom 11. April 1945: Organisation von Panzerwarn- und Beobachtungsdienst, Bl. 9887-9888;

11) II. Badische Volkssturmabteilung, geheimer Befehl vom 25. März 1945: Bekämpfung feindlicher Luftlandetruppen, Bl. 9891;

12) Schematische Darstellung der Organisation des schnellen Volkssturmbataillons Bonn, Bl. 9893-9896;

13) Reichsleiter der Generalinspektion der Panzertruppen vom 01. Januar 1945 für die Durchführung der Panzerabwehr im rückwärtigen
Gebiet und in den Grenzwehrkreisen, Bl. 9899-9903;

14) Deutscher Volkssturm Kreis Bonn, Kreisbefehl Nr. 11 vom 25. Februar 1945: Beschaffung von Holz für den Panzersperrenbau, Bl. 9904;

15) Deutscher Volkssturm Gau 12, Anordnung 1/45 vom 16. Februar 1945: Alarmierung des Volkssturmaufgebots im linksrheinischen
Gebiet und Sicherung der Befehlsübermittlung, Bl. 9907-9908;

16) Deutscher Volkssturm Kreis Bonn, Einsatzbefehl Nr. 1/45 vom 13. Februar 1945: Zustellung von Einberufungsbefehlen gegen Empfangsbescheinigung, Bl. 9920;

17) Deutscher Volkssturm Kreis Bonn, Kreisstabsbefehl Nr. 6 vom 10. Februar 1945: Einsatz von Volkssturmangehörigen zur Bewachung Kriegsgefangener - Erweiterte Wehrhaftmachung der deutschen Jugend im Rahmen des Volkssturms, Bl. 9925-9926;

18) Deutscher Volkssturm Kreis Bonn, Kreisstabsbefehl Nr. 2 vom 15. Januar 1945: Tragen von Dienstrangabzeichen der Wehrmacht oder
Partei beim Volkssturmdienst untersagt, zulässig nur die Dienstgradabzeichen des Volkssturms - Anweisung über Musterung, Vereidigung, Erkennungsmarken - Unterstellung von Volkssturmsoldaten unter das Wehrmachtsgesetz - Maßnahmen gegen Drückeberger im Volkssturm,
Bl. 9933-9936;

19) Deutscher Volkssturm/ Feld-Bataillon VI, Bataillons-Befehl Nr. 21 vom 10. März 1945: Sachgemäße Einlagerung der Panzerfaust zur Erhaltung
ihrer Verwendungsfähigkeit - Heilfürsorge für verwundete Volkssturmsoldaten, Bl. 9957;

20) Deutscher Volkssturm/ Feld-Bataillon VI, Bataillons-Befehl Nr. 19 vom 27. Februar 1945: Alarmierung des Volkssturms bei Luftlandetruppen
und Jabobekämpfung, Bl. 9963;

21) Deutscher Volkssturm/ Feld-Bataillon VI, Bataillons-Befehl Nr. 18 vom 24. Februar 1945: Vermeidung von Unfällen bei Übungen mit der Panzerfaust, Bl. 9965-9966;

22) Deutscher Volkssturm/ Feld-Bataillon VI, Bataillons-Befehl Nr. 17 vom 18. Februar 1945: Ablösung und Beurlaubung der Volkssturmsoldaten -
zur Orientierung über Luftlandemeldungen muss der Flaksender "Primadonna" abgehört werden, Bl. 9971-9972;

23) Deutscher Volkssturm/ Feld-Bataillon VI, Bataillons-Befehl Nr. 11 vom 29. Januar 1945: Besetzung der vorgeschobenen Stellungen, da Fallschirmtruppen aus dem holländischen Raum auf die Reichsgrenze marschieren, Bl. 9997;

24) Deutscher Volkssturm/ Feld-Bataillon VI, Bataillons-Befehl Nr. 2 vom 01. Dezember 1944: Unterbringung von Wehrmachttruppenteilen im Kompaniebereich, Bl. 10030.

Weitere Provenienzangaben:

National Archives Washington DC, Guide 3, S. 1 ff., T 81, roll 95

Thesaurus:

I(allg.) « Volkssturm « Schlagwortkatalog vor 1945

Bemerkungen:

siehe Rep. Varia (I), S. 35-40; Nutzung der Mikrofilmbestände durch Selbstausleihe möglich

Bestandskurzbeschreibung:

Organisation, Ausbildung und Bewaffnung des Volkssturms, 1944-1945, 2 Bände.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 27 Jan 2022 11:21

Steiermark Volkssturm-Dokumentation (Gau 31)

Volkssturm-Bataillon 31/121

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Sid Guttridge » 27 Jan 2022 13:50

Hi Germanicus,

Why is it so difficult to establish a definitive list of Volkssturm battalions?

Is it because they were organised on a Gau level outside the normal military hierarchy and OKW never received status reports centrally?

Is it because some or many local or national records were destroyed?

When you began your researches, roughly how many Volkssturm battalions were you aware of?

How many are you currently aware of?

Could you take a rough guess as to how many there may have been in total, at least on paper?

Will you be publishing the results in print?

Many thanks,

Sid.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 27 Jan 2022 20:30

Sid Guttridge wrote:
27 Jan 2022 13:50
Hi Germanicus,

Why is it so difficult to establish a definitive list of Volkssturm battalions?

Is it because they were organised on a Gau level outside the normal military hierarchy and OKW never received status reports centrally?

Is it because some or many local or national records were destroyed?

When you began your researches, roughly how many Volkssturm battalions were you aware of?

How many are you currently aware of?

Could you take a rough guess as to how many there may have been in total, at least on paper?

Will you be publishing the results in print?

Many thanks,

Sid.
Dear Sid

A great question I am going to answer your great question in detail.

Thank you for asking.

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one more post after the next will be the answer as best as I can give credit to these important questions.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 27 Jan 2022 20:42

Durch die Organisation des Volkssturmes meldete Schwede-Coburg an Kienitz im November 1944, es stünden 90 Volkssturm-Bataillone zur
Verteidigung Pommerns bereit.


Ritterkreuzträger Werner Kienitz
General der Infanterie

führender Militär im Wehrkreis II und Ausbau der Pommernstellung

As the leading military in military district II, he was also jointly responsible for the expansion of the Pomeranian position.

From then on, Kienitz was more concerned with gaining time for diplomatic negotiations in all military decisions. They alone were able to end
the war on acceptable terms. Until then, they had to resist resolutely and now also defend their homeland of Pomerania.

In close cooperation with his chief of staff, Colonel iG Staudinger, Kienitz initiated the expansion of the Pomeranian position and all other
planning for the defense of Pomerania at the end of July 1944. These plans were part of the " Walkyrie " alarm plan, which still exists in the homeland war zone , and were carried out in military district II under the keyword " Gneisenau". However, these plans soon revealed that there
were not enough training and replacement units for Pomerania and East Brandenburg to occupy the 250-kilometer Pomeranian position. In order
to defend his homeland, he even violated higher directives than the Führer's orders when he provided for the use of training troops, weapons
schools and specialist courses. However, due to serious conflicts with the Air Force, Navy, SS and Party, his measures were limited only to the framework of the army.

Kienitz was also involved in the expansion of the positions in relation to the town of Schneidemühl. Seeing the strategic value of the city,
he decided to expand a city defense ring and commissioned Colonel Graf Bernstorff with the necessary measures.

Through the organization of the Volkssturm, Schwede-Coburg reported to Kienitz in November 1944 that the first 90 Volkssturm battalions were
ready to defend Pomerania.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 27 Jan 2022 22:05

Sid Guttridge wrote:
10 Sep 2021 09:31
Hi Germanicus,

I would just like to congratulate you on starting and sustaining this highly informative thread for nearly a decade.

You are performing a great service for us in doing so.

In appreciation,

Sid.

P.S. The only thing I can contribute is that at the beginning of March 1945 thirty older Austrian and German residents of Liechtenstein were ordered to report to the Volksturm. They underwent a month of training in South Tyrol, but in April eighteen of them made their way back to Liechtenstein, apparently having deserted. Some of the others were captured by the British and became POWs in Northern Italy. (If I remember correctly, the source is Kriegszeit by Peter Geiger. )

I presume a similar call went out to Reich citizens in Switzerland? If so, was there any response?
Dear Sid

This is to an earlier question you asked in relation to Liechtenstein

Most respectfully

Germanicus

I am compiling my answer to your question.

https://www.feldgrau.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28257

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