An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Volkssturm-Bataillon Altenkirchen - Kreis Altenkirchen Gau Moselland

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Volkssturm-Bataillon Schäfer - Kreis Altenkirchen Gau Moselland

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Volkssturm-Bataillon 7/108 Franken - Kreis Ansbach Gau Franken

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http://seelowerhoehen.de/aktuell/files/ ... _Lebus.pdf


Volkssturm-Bataillon Karlsbad - Kreis Karlsbad Regierungsbezirk Eger Reichsgau Sudetenland

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Deutscher Volkssturm / Kreis Karlsbad (Gau 32, Sudetenland)


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Standschützen Ausbildungs-Lehr-Gang Mals - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg

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https://images.auex.de/img/6//172/04812p000.JPG


Volkssturm Westmark - Landau

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Standschützen Ausbildungslehrgang Mals - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg

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https://images.auex.de/img/6//172/04814p000.JPG

Volkssturm-Bataillon 1/332

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https://images.auex.de/img/6//172/04815p000.JPG


Standschützen Ausbildungslehrgang Mals - Kreis Feldkirch Reichsgau Tirol u. Verwaltungsbezirk Vorarlberg

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Post by Germanicus » 07 Apr 2022 05:57

BRESLAU, 1945, "Exclusion certificate", for exemption from military service, issued 1.8.44 with photo of the holder without further information
about the reason, two letter stamps, plus form as a certificate of liberation from the Volkssturm on the basis of the above document with letter
stamp "Volkssturm Gau 21"

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BRESLAU 1945, certificate of promotion to group leader, dated 20.4.45, a few days before the end, Volkssturm-Bataillon 21/41

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FRANKEN 1945, provisional salary book of a Volkssturm man from Roth near Nuremberg with all personal data, issued 14.4.45, Volkssturm Gau 7"

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Post by Germanicus » 07 Apr 2022 05:59

LINZ 1945, holiday certificate issued by the Kreisleiter [district management] of the "Volkssturm Linz Stadt" with letter stamp "...
Volkssturm Gau 22 / Kreisstabsführer"

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Volkssturm-Rothenburg - 4th Kompanie - Original from 1944

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 07 Apr 2022 22:41

New find and additional information

Volkssturm-Bataillon Widukind - Kreis Recklinghausen Gau Westfalen-Nord

In the late afternoon at about 5 p.m., the Volkssturm-Bataillon Widukind is bid farewell in the courtyard of the vocational school in Alt-Marl,
Wilhelm-Gustloff-Straße, and marches off with three companies for deployment. The head of the Bataillon is the Knight's Cross bearer Wilhelm
Haxter from Marl-Sinsen. Company leader, among others, the rector of the Overbergschule Anton Spangemacher. One of his men of the
1st Company was the well-known miner and swimming master Max Jasinski from Brassert.


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https://www.marlarchiv.de/marl-ostern-1945/


Volkssturm-Bataillon Lörrach 2 - [Aufgebot I] Kreis Lörrach Gau Baden-Elsaß

https://www.dasbestelexikon.de/wiki/Hanspeter_Scherr

Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/601 - Kreis Bielefeld - Halle Reichsgau Westfalen Nord

https://www.berliner-auktionshaus.com/a ... ion_id=113

Volkssturm-Bataillon Kirchhain - Kreis Luckau/Niederlausitz Gau Mark Brandenburg

https://www.lr-online.de/lausitz/finste ... 15832.html

Volkssturm-Bataillon Hermann - Kreis Neustettin Gau Pommern

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Volkssturm-Bataillon Vaihingen (I. Aufgebot) - Vaihingen an der Enz-Stadt - Kreis Vaihingen Gau Würtemberg-Hohenzollern
Volkssturm-Bataillon Vaihingen​ (II. Aufgebot) - Vaihingen an der Enz-Stadt - Kreis Vaihingen Gau Würtemberg-Hohenzollern

https://www.lexikon-der-wehrmacht.de/Ka ... Enz-R.html

HJ-Bataillon Murswiek
- HJ-Kompanie Dischler
- HJ-Kompanie Rossdeutscher
- HJ-Kompanie Stüwe
- HJ-Kompanie Thurow

Hitlers allerletzte Reserve - Hitlerjungen als "Werwölfe" : Erlebnisbericht und Recherche am Fallbeispiel des Stettiner
HJ-Alarmbataillons Murswiek / Werner Nemitz ; Author: Werner Nemitz

https://catalog.ushmm.org/vwebv/holding ... bId=234712

Kriegsende Eines Hj-Volkssturmsoldaten By Werner Nemitz

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Panzer-Nah-Kampf-Bataillon HJ 1 - Kreis Reutlingen Gau Württemberg-Hohenzollern

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Volksgemeinschaft am Ende: Gesellschaft und Gewalt 1944/45 By Sven Keller


https://books.google.com.au/books?id=qV ... 2F&f=false
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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Volksgemeinschaft am Ende: Gesellschaft und Gewalt 1944/45 By Sven Keller [Part 2]

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Translation

HJ Panzer-Nahkampf-Einheit

"The construction of permanent positions, they were not allowed to leave was ordered: The young people were required to to fight "down to the
last cartridge" and, if necessary, at the place where they are deployed to die.

In the Gau of Württemberg, district of Reutlingen, there were Seplember from the beginning 1944 to voluntary Hitler Youth and HJ leaders in the
Reich training camp St. Johann near Eningen sent under Achalm. In eight-week courses they were trained on carbine and bazooka and then a muster commission presented. The fit ones were grouped into three companies, together the 1. Panzer-Nahkampf-Bataillon formed, this was conducted by disabled front-line soldiers with experience in tank combat.

As late as April 19, the Gauleitung was planning to counter the Allied advance in the direction of Reutlingen, among other things, the .,3. Komp.
Hitler-Jugend-Panzer-Zerstörer" to use.

For April 1945 there is an impressive report to Ernst Ferdinand Overbeck handed down, as the representative of the Beauftragter der Reichsjugendführung beim OB West and HJ Gebietsführer des Gebiets Bayreuth area an overview of the Panzervernichtungsbrigaden received:
In the Raum Cham - Reichenbach - Roding operated accordingly.

At the end of April, the Panzervernichtungsbrigade Südliche Bayerische Ostmark five battalions and a strength of 2750 young people from the
HJ-Gebieten Bayreuth und Mainfranken came from. The Brigade Hessen-Nassau with four Battalions and 1600 boys lay in Waldmünchen,
one battalion was south of Eger in action. The Panzervernichtungs-Bataillon Moselland, strength 600 men, was on the march from the
Fichtelgebirge to Cham; the same applied to Panzervernichtungs-Einheiten aus den HJ-Gebieten Düsseldorf und Mittelland.

The report did not even want to speculate on the current strength, "because with greater Failure due to enemy action is to be expected".
Three Panzervernichtungs-Bataillone des Gebietes Franken, which is deployed with 1,200 boys in the Nuremberg area were already written off:
"With their total failure is closed calculate".

The HJ-Panzerabwehrkompanien aus dem Westen ended up in the following Weeks further south: On Easter Sunday, the local reported Pastor, advanced several Kompanien Panzerabwehr-Truppen from the Palatinate and from the Saar region to the Wehrertüchtigungslager of the HJ-Bannes Landshut. A war-disabled HJ instructor came from Hofgeismar with 30 boys north of Kassel initially on an estate near the Harz mountains, where
they continue 60 boys from Trier and about 50 girls from Aachen met, all of them in the Age 15 to 16 years.

A number also camped on the estate higher HJ-Führern und ßdM-Führerinnen, some of whom had their families with them, in addition, a police unit of about 100 men. The boys were in old Wehrmacht uniforms put on before the district leader put the motley association together to the "Panzervernichtungs-Brigade Kurhessen" declared. still At the end of April and beginning of May, Hitler Youth in Munich received the Americans
Troops with gunshots, and also the inmates of the WEL Kasperlmühle in near the Upper Bavarian Weyarn opened on the invading American
soldiers fire.

The young people were often trained and led by non-commissioned officers and Wehrmacht officers in their early twenties and mid-twenties
thirty who had front-line experience and after being wounded in the Wehrmacht dismissed or u.k. had been asked. A central training location
for the leadership staff was the HJ Academy for Youth Leadership in Braunschweig.

At the end of March/beginning of April 1945, around 40 participants and Teachers of the last course included in the Volkssturm. As relatives
of III. Summoned they formed their own Hitler Youth battalion, whose command the head of the academy, HJ Oberbannfuhrer Heinrich Stünke,
took over and subsequently as "Bataillon Stünke" or "Panzerjägerbataillon Stünke" traded. Stünke appointed teachers from the academy to lead
the three companies, including the HJ-Bannfuhrer Ulrich Giersberg, to platoon and group leaders student.

According to the same model, some of the members of the academy were formed a second HJ battalion led by the Braunschweig HJ Bannfuhrer
Zachau set up. The teams of the two associations recruited made up of the local members of the Hitler Youth and the apprentices the Volkswagen workshop in Braunschweig. The Giersberg company was founded on Formed April 3.

The company commander sent from the 150 assigned Hitler Youth two-thirds straight back home. The remaining 50 boys were combined into a
"Panzerjagdgruppe", each consisting of two members of the academy subordinate as group leader and deputy and with a were equipped with a
light machine gun.

Even if at times the tank destroyer brigades of the Hitler Youth literally vanished into nothing, insightful unit leaders took the boys home
sent or they themselves fled, Hitler Youth associations both arrived used on the Eastern Front as well as on the Western Front. There are
numerous cases reported in which Hitler Youth, led by fanatical leaders, are themselves perfect opened fire on the Allied troops from a hopeless position.

Typical is an incident that took place on April 8 north of Göttingen happened: At Einheck, four local Hitler Youth met the fanatical one Leutnant of the Luftwaffe Heinz Neupert. Under his leadership they loaded one Opel with bazookas and drove towards the American lines. In Lüthorst took
cover for the group in a quarry and opened the door the fire. As a result, according to an eyewitness, "a tank [...] drove in front of the village
and shot into the quarry until nothing moved. The young mostly received shots in the stomach. They still screamed, but no one dared yourself there".

The fanaticism of the HJ groups was in the ranks of the advancing Allied forces units feared. The boys with the bazooka and the carbines
were considered "one of the stumbling blocks in mopping up operations", i.e. one of the few stumbling blocks during the final operations while advancing into the interior of the empire. The appearance of the often non-residents was also alarming Panzerjäger Commandos those on the German side who were hoping for a defense and prevent hostilities.

This shows one of the most famous and most notorious final phase crimes: the execution of the "men von Brettheim". On the morning of April ? appeared under the leadership of a non-commissioned officer in Hohenlohe's Hausen am Bach a larger number of Hitler Youth, armed with rifles
and hand grenades, but above all with bazookas was. Four of the youngsters were dispatched to Brettheim to investigate the site to defend.

A local resident, the farmer Friedrich Hanselmann, disarmed the boys. The four returned home and reported the Incidents to their leader, who in turn reported to the district management. Eventually the events reached the SS group leader and lieutenant general of the Waffen-SS Max Sirnon. Sirnon arranged for a court-martial under the direction of SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Gottschalk Hanselmann on the same day sentenced to death in the evening.

A major acted as an assessor, the second Assessors should initially be the Brettheim local group leader Leonhard Wolfmeyer, then acting mayor Leonhard Gackstatter, who, however, both signed refused. Because she does not prevent disarmament and then who had refused to sign the
court-martial judgment was imprisoned Schillingsfürst - where Sirnon had set up his command post - a second Court-martial conducted in which
also Gackstatter and Wolfmeyer were sentenced to death. On April 10, the three men were taken to Brettheim cemetery and hanged."

Volksgemeinschaft am Ende: Gesellschaft und Gewalt 1944/45 By Sven Keller

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The Battle of Lauban

The commander of the defense of the city was Major Max Tschuschke, commander of the Ausbildungs-Batailion 318., which was supplemented with additional recruits. The defense of the city was entrusted to both trained units and quickly incorporated civilians.

The main task rested with the Reserve-Grenadier-Bataillon 318, formed in 1942 from the Grenadier-Ersatz-Battalion
318 and Infanterie-Ersatz-Bataillon 318th Battalions., as well as formed two battalions of the popular uprising – Volkssturm-Bataillon Lauban I
and Volkssturm-Bataillon Lauban II. To the north-west of Lubań, the 6. Volks-Grenadier-Division, commander Otto-Hermann Brücker.

To the east and south were units of the XXXXVII. Armeekorps (during the counterattack on 1 March they became part of the LVII Panzer Corps)
of the 17. Armee.Korps ( during the counter-attack on 1 March) became part of the LVII Panzer Corps).

Army, and among them east of the city crouched armored units 8. Panzer Division (commander Maj. Gen. Heinrich-Georg Hax), in the south
between Kamienna Góra and the Great Lubański Forest, from February 22 secured the city from the side of Księginki. The 103. Panzerbrigade, commander general.m jr Werner Mummert), and from the side of Olszyna Division 408.

Volkssturm-Bataillon Lauban I - Kreis Lauban Gau Niederschlesien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Lauban II - Kreis Lauban Gau Niederschlesien

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HJ-Einheit Lauban

http://www.lubanski.eu/lubanska-kamienn ... -swastyki/
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Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/413 - Berlin Gatow und Klatow Reichsgau Groß-Berlin

https://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/inde ... lon-3-413/

Volkssturm-Bataillon 7/150 - Kreis Rothenburg ob der Tauber Gau Franken

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Die nationalsozialistische Herrschaft in Stadt und Land Rothenburg ob der Tauber (1933-1945) - Daniel Bauer

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=xI ... 2F&f=false


Volkssturm-Bataillon 16/105 // Volkssturm-Bataillon Brieskow - Kreis Lebus Gau Mark Brandenburg

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https://militariarelics.com/german/dog-tags/4925

Volkssturm-Bataillon Gardelegen I - Kreis Gardelegen Gau Magdeburg-Anhalt
Volkssturm-Bataillon Gardelegen II - Kreis Gardelegen Gau Magdeburg-Anhalt

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Gardelegen Holocaust By Torsten Haarseim

Gardelegen 1945 - Dokumentation des Unfassbaren By Torsten Haarseim

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=2X ... 2F&f=false

Volkssturm-Bataillon Müllauer - Kreis Königsberg Gau Ostpreußen

https://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/inde ... muellauer/

Document grouping to Siegfried Wamberg, Airforce Special Leader, technician and pilot.

“Spezialbevollmächtigter des RF-SS” (special authorized person) statement, 28-3-45.

Confirming that Wamberg is employed as technician with the Landsberg air base for the special jet planes emergency project. He must not
be called-up for service with the Army or Volkssturm. In case of problems the “Sonderstab Kammler” must be contacted.

Technician and pilot Wamberg served as “Sonderführer” (Special leader) with the Airforce and was involved in the jet planes construction and
testing program which was placed by 1944 under the command of SS-Gruppenführer Hans Kammler for whom the “SS-Sonderstab Kammler” was created, which gave him full power over all secret weapons projects, including the production of jet planes such as the Me-262.

Kammler.JPG

https://militariarelics.com/german/docu ... pings/6184


Volkssturm-Einheit Ausrüstungsgegenstände
Volkssturm-Einheit Kleider
Volkssturm-Einheit Spinnstoffe

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https://login.waidhofen.at/getpdf/9814/8
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Post by Germanicus » 08 Apr 2022 08:53

Luftwaffe - small document group of the Knight's Cross bearer Captain Kurt Veth of the 1st Paratrooper Division

Very interesting how Veth, as a member of the head office, makes them proud and is currently trying to set up their own Volkssturm company.

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https://www.weitze.net/militaria/63/Luf ... 96763.html
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Post by Germanicus » 08 Apr 2022 09:09

A Youth for War: Hitlerjugend (1922-1945) - Lisa Pine

The HJ in the collapse of the Reich

In August 1944, Artur Axmann, who had just succeeded Baldur von Schirach as Youth Chief of the German Reich, called on boys born in 1928 to
volunteer in the Wehrmacht, successfully: "entire cohorts of the Hitler Youth responded to the summons and, within six weeks, 70% of this age
group had enlisted.

On October 19, 1944, the Volkssturm was created to incorporate all men between the ages of 16 and 60 capable of bearing arms for the purpose
of defending the homeland: entire groups of the HJ enlisted together on this occasion, like the Bavarian HJ, which placed at least a fifth of its members in the units of the Volkssturm.

This included: 811 boys and girls in the anti-tank groups; 2,246 in alert units; 727 in the communications groups; 918 in messenger teams; 4,726
in General Support Units; 1,119 in supply units; 1,036 in BDM medical units; and 361 in BDM watchdog groups .

Parents faced legal penalties if their sons did not enlist. Undoubtedly, this contradicted the Nazi evacuation measures intended to protect German children (KLV). Yet the regime legitimized this action and the commander-in-chief of the Volkssturm justified sending the teenagers to the front in the name of the necessary sacrifice for the good of the nation.

Teenagers were given tasks such as digging trenches, standing guard and defending towns and villages.

Dietrich Strothmann recalls:

"I was just an ordinary kid, obedient, docile, accommodating ... willing to perform one's duty at any time, available and ultimately
ready to die".


In January 1945, boys aged 16 and 17 had machine guns in their hands.

By the spring of 1945, the HJ battalions were largely supplying the Eastern Front. In April 1945, Hitler authorized the sending from Berlin of "6,000 boys from the Hitler Youth to reinforce the seelow heights, where they confronted Zhukov's forces on the other side of the Oder." The only perspective that the Führer offered to those whom he had so long glorified as embodying "the future of the nation" turned out to be "death".

In addition, between December 1944 and May 1945, girls as young as 14 years old joined the Volkssturm, were trained in the use of weapons and formed small detachments in Berlin and elsewhere. Some of these girls fought the Russian soldiers hand-to-hand. In the final months of the war,
the HJ and SS conspired, in the words of historian Gerhard Rempel, to "spawn a crusade of children to consolidate their crumbling defenses.

Despite the desire to make these adolescents essential auxiliaries to the war effort, they were given, in addition to inadequate equipment and armament, "disorderly training.

In the final months of the war, the HJs formed anti-tank brigades against the Soviet advance and formed units to secure strategic bridges. In April 1945, they engaged in street battles against Soviet soldiers in Berlin. Antony Beevor recounted how the HJ detachments worked hard to hold the Pichelsdorf and Charlotten bridges over the Havel.

These teenage fighters greatly feared the revenge of their enemies and this made them more determined to continue fighting.

During the Battle of Berlin, some boys would return home for the night, then "return to battle every morning with a lunch packed
by their mothers,determined to destroy as many Soviet tanks as possible".

Gerd Häffner recalls:

They attacked the tanks with absolutely indescribable fearlessness. And they were really just children. I was 17, but they were only 15 or
younger. Without a thought for themselves, they were moving towards certain death. And, on several occasions, they effectively forced the
Russians to retreat. But then there were those children in their HJ uniforms who were left on the ground in the streets.


In conclusion, the Nazi regime paid much attention to German youth, thus revealing a key aspect of National Socialist ideology – the creation of a utopian society based on the concept of a strong and pure "national community" in which youth had an important role to play. During the conflict, the militarized youth organization turned into a pure reservoir of fighters for war. Within the various components of the German army, the HJ generation played an important role in the war and the conquest of the empire.

Gerhard Rempel argues that this generation "experienced a particular form of socialization ... characterized by intense enlistment and solid indoctrination, designed to inculcate an artificially defined social heritage" and that members of the Hitler Youth were "forced to assume predetermined roles without having the freedom to consider alternatives".

Their involvement in the war effort and, in particular, in active combat showed the contradictions of National Socialism.

As Nicholas Stargardt rightly states:

"The very young people in whose name the Nazi regime pursued its utopian vision had to be sacrificed for its defense".

All over the Eastern Front, the boys and girls mobilized in the German youth organization were used in a last-chance resistance, as it collapsed in
the face of Soviet victory. Even though many teenage fighters saw themselves as a generation of German youth performing a duty similar to that of the generation that had taken part in the Great War, the truth is that they were manipulated and betrayed. Members of the Hitler Youth, like their female BDM counterparts, were ultimately forced to participate in the Nazi war effort – even when faced with death – and to serve the regime until its fall in 1945.

https://www.cairn.info/revue-le-mouveme ... age-81.htm

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Volkssturm-Bataillon 37/122 // Volkssturm-Bataillon 122 // Kampfgruppe Wichmann - Dötlingen - Kreis Oldenburg Gau Weser-Ems

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Justiz zwischen Diktatur und Demokratie: Wiederaufbau und Ahndung von NS-Verbrechen in Westdeutschland 1945-1949 - Edith Raim


https://books.google.com.au/books?id=IE ... 2F&f=false

Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/12 - Kreis Bielefeld Gau Westfalen-Nord

https://historischer-rueckklick-bielefe ... /01102018/

Volkssturm-Bataillon Herzogenaurach - Kreis Höchstadt a. d. Aisch Gau Bayerische Ostmark

https://www.linksfraktion-ps.de/fileadm ... assler.pdf

Volkssturm-Bataillon Neubrandenburg I - Neubrandenburg Stadt Kreis Stargard Gau Mecklenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Neubrandenburg II - Neubrandenburg Stadt Kreis Stargard Gau Mecklenburg

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Translation

We received from the commander the statement that Neustrelitzer Straße was occupied by the Volkssturm Battalion II of Captain Amelung should
be defended. Neither of us knew the captain. He was wounded by the loss of an arm, however, was recently recalled and was given the
Volkssturm Battalion II.

Since we now did not know how our wish, surrender Neubrandenburg without a fight and disband the battalion, was taken up by him, we asked
him for an interview. He then also went to Beguinenstrasse on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock. He came to speak for us with the unknown
Captain Amelung were, we were willing to work with Amelung so that he was not should let come to fight, but should dissolve his battalion.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 08 Apr 2022 20:29

The Troisdorf Volkssturm - Ralf Anton Schäfer

In the several hundred pages of the interrogation protocols of the American 1st Army available to us, there is occasionally some more or less
detailed information on the use of the Volkssturm in the area of the bridgehead of Remagen. Now we also discovered an interrogation protocol of
the company commander of the Volkssturm-Kompanie Troisdorf, who was taken prisoner on 23 March 1945 near Sankt Augustin.

From the protocol we learn that the 51-year-old company commander had been sent together with two detectors to explore American positions
in the area south of Sankt Augustin. The three had been sent off with bicycles during the dark and so it happened that they overlooked various branches in the night light and finally drove into the hands of the Americans.

They were anything but pleased about their service in the Volkssturm and told the interrogating Lieutenant F. Wallech that the establishment of
the Volkssturm had been a consequence of organized madness.

The company had been assembled on 16 March at Wissem Castle on the orders of the local group leader. Those who did not appear until after 12 noon were deprived of the food ration cards of the entire family members. At 3:00 p.m., the first of two companies with around 200 men had
come together and was divided into four trains. The first company consisted of the men aged 45 to 52 years, in the second company the men
aged 52 to 62 years had been combined.

Both companies were placed under the command of the 353rd Volksgrenadier Division at Wissem Castle and taken over by Captain Parsley.
Captain Parsley then led both Volkssturm companies to the Wahn military training area, where especially the first company was trained during
the next three days on the carbine, the machine gun and in dealing with the Panzerfaust, while the second company received only a short
instruction in the handling of the carbine. The first company had four machine guns and about 100 armored fists, the rest of the men had
received carbines, the second company had been equipped exclusively with carbines, most of which came from the time of the First World War.

On the evening of March 20, 1945, orders were issued in Wahn according to which the first company was to march to the bridgehead and the
second company to Troisdorf, where it was to defend the Klöckner works, which had been declared a fortress.

In the period from 20 to 23 March, the first company had been located near Troisdorf, without knowing exactly what kind of order they had.
Orders were given by the Grenadier Regiment 943 of the 353rd Volksgrenadier Division, whose leader had meanwhile become Captain Parsley.

The Volkssturm-Kompanie was busy laying up positions and tank barriers until on the morning of 23 March the four platoons in the ranks of the Grenadier Regiment 943 were assigned to the 1st to 4th Companies. In the course of the day, for the first time, there was also combat contact
with the advancing American soldiers and the Volkssturm, which was now also deployed in the front.

How the further course took place into the night remains unmentioned in the interrogation protocol. However, it is known that in the course of
the day sometimes fierce battles took place, whether the Troisdorf Volkssturm also had to accept losses here is unknown, but very likely. In
addition, it is known that the second company in particular suffered heavy losses on 6 and 7 April during the defense of the Klöckner works.

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