An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Simon H » 10 May 2013 11:17

A significant series of posts Germanicus. Thank you!

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 10 May 2013 12:39

Dear Simon, thank you very much for your kind words... that was an intense exercise and I still don't think it is finished. I had extensive correspondence and advice from Dr Yelton in relation to this list and I appreciate the correspondence we shared. His advice was most appreciated and I was totally in awe of the time he afforded me. I do have more to add and that is going to take a little bit more time than I have on my hands at the moment. I have just returned from Thailand and once I am able to I will compile the rest.

The listing will focus on the Volkssturm-Kreisstabfuhrung for those interested in the subject.

Most respectfully

Mark

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Simon H » 10 May 2013 13:08

Germanicus wrote:Dear Simon, thank you very much for your kind words... that was an intense exercise and I still don't think it is finished. I had extensive correspondence and advice from Dr Yelton in relation to this list and I appreciate the correspondence we shared. His advice was most appreciated and I was totally in awe of the time he afforded me. I do have more to add and that is going to take a little bit more time than I have on my hands at the moment. I have just returned from Thailand and once I am able to I will compile the rest.

The listing will focus on the Volkssturm-Kreisstabfuhrung for those interested in the subject.

Most respectfully

Mark
You deserve some thanks Mark, as said, a significant series of posts, the command structure should be interesting also, as well as being a further labour of love. Best of luck!

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 16 Sep 2013 10:34

I found this most interesting post re- Volkssturm which I believe is clear in it's description and gives a greater understanding of purpose and organisation.

http://www.panzercentral.com/forum/view ... =1&t=35375

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Postby Civettone » 07 Jul 2005, 06:24
25 September Hitler ordered the Total War and on 18 October Himmler announced there would be a German home defence force defending every piece of German land and shooting at planes in German skies. That force was supposed to assist the regular forces allowing them time to regroup and rest. It would be a mass force that was not allowed to surrender but that would fight till the death. Himmler compared it to Kriegsmarine customs.

The levy was organized by Gau and under the command of a Gauleiter. Everyone between 16 and 60 were called upon, also those belonging to minority groups and even criminals.

Until a uniform was provided (which in the end only few got) the only distinction was a red or yellow band with the German emblem and the words "Deutscher Volkssturm Wehrmacht".

The Germans hoped to get 6 million men or 10,180 batallions.

The first levy would deliver 1,2 million of men between 20 and 60, including the members of the NSDAP, the Allgemeine SS, the SA, the NSKK and the NSFK what gave 1850 batallions of which 400 were placed on the front lines.

The second levy would get 2,8 million or 4860 batallions (of which 1050 in frontline service). This group mainly came from men working in factories, and they were not intended to be full-time soldiers, but more as worker-soldiers defending their own factories and cities.

The third levy were the young ones, from 16 to 19 but also 15 year olds who volunteered : 600,000 boys or 1040 batallions.

The fourth and final levy for 1,4 million men or 2430 batallions was to be taken from those unfit for duty and volunteers older than 60. These were meant to be used for surveillance and guarding of camps.

The league of German women (NS-Frauenschaft) was also called upon, and on 23 March 1945 even the firemen.

Commander of the Volkssturm was Martin Bormann assisted by Stabsführer and Oberbefehlsleiter Helmut Friedrichs and SS-Obergruppenführer Gottlob Berger. As I already said, every Gau had a Gauleiter. The Gauleiter was assisted by a Gaustabführer. The Gau was divided into several Kreis (circles) under a Kreisleiter assisted by - you guessed it - a Kreisstabsführer. Every Kreis would be composed of roughly 12 batallions.

From the start there was a struggle between Bormann and Himmler to control the Volkssturm, and between lower class commanders from the army, SS and SA who know where grouped together.

Now this may be a bit more interesting to you, the batallions of the first levy counted 6 companies of which one artillery. Each company was divided into 4 Züge in turn divided into 3 or 4 Gruppen of 10 men. In each company 3 groups of 5 men were responsible for anti-tankcombat and equiped with 10 Panzerfausten. These men were usually recruited out of the most young for obvious reasons.

So a batallion of the first levy counted theoretically 649 men of which 27 officers. Batallions of the other levies only had 576 men, again theoretically.

They had a double number, for instance the batallion 25/97 was the 97th batallion of the 25th Gau (=Eastern Prussia)

They were promised grey uniforms but only very few received these. Their helmet was to be those of the Gebirgsjäger. Their bands around their arms were either red with the words "Deutsche Wehrmacht" or a yellow one with "Deutscher Volkssturm-Wehrmacht".

There were also special batallions, like the Kampf-Bataillon, Bau-B, Ersatz-B, ... and even a nightfighter Staffel

There were even four Volkssturm Batallionen outside of Germany, two in Denmark (400 and 402) and two in Bohemia-Moravia (605 and 610).

Volkssturm: Traditionally the Landsturm was third-class infantry equivalent somewhat to militia. Towards the end of WWII the concept was revived for smaller ad-hoc home-defense units to be pulled together for local defense because of the crumbling situation on the Eastern Front. These ad-hoc defensive units were to be a part of the newly formed Volksturm and would augment frontline combat troops. The Volksturm included all males aged 16-60. Even those with occupational deferrals could be members.

Typically Volksturm units which saw action were composed of men between 45 and 55 but there were exemptions for those with debilitating problems. Regarding weapons the Volksturm deliberately avoided using "old shotguns" and the like so that there would be no question as to their legal status.

Germans widely refused to serve in any type of partisan organization for fear of being shot if captured. The Volksturm was armed, albeit poorly, but with whatever military weapons were available and often with captured weapons. The common assumption today is that the Volksturm didn't really amount to much.

It is actually untrue to claim that the Volksturm was totally ineffective as Volksturm troops fought extensively on the Eastern Front, particularly in East Prussia, Breslau, along the Oder River and in Berlin.

The 19.Armee on the Upper Rhine became so dependent on Volksturm troops that it was nicknamed the 19.Volkssturm-Armee. Volksturm troops also fought along the Western Front as well. While often ineffective in prolonged combat some Volksturm units fought well in local defense, in static positions, and in river positions

The tasks of the Volkssturm were multiple. They had to stand up against aerial and maritime landings, eliminate enemy agents and saboteurs, guard the bridges, roads, important buildings, reinforce the regular troops that had suffered great losses, fill up gaps in the front, occupy relatively calm sectors and make sure the millions of prisonners of war didn't rebel.

Volkssturm recruits had to follow 48h of training a week, learning to shoot with a rifle, to throw grenades, to use the Panzerfaust and Panzerschrek, and occasionaly to fire with a SMG and to lay mines.

In fact a large part of the first and second levy never received arms, the third and fourth levy never received arms.

Only about 700 batallions were actually put into action, mainly in the eastern frontiers: Danzig, Prussia, Brandenburg, Silesia, Pomeranien, Wartheland, Styrien and the Sudetes. In the west batallions were used in the region of Essen and the Westmark.

In 1945, certain units of the Volkssturm were taken into the regular army. For instance on January 26 the batallions of Bade were regrouped into the infantry regiments of the 805. and 905. Infanterie-Divisionen and of the 1005. Brigade. These three units were under the 19. Armee which was then renamed into the 19. Volkssturm-Armee.

Many of the Volkssturm units could be described as garrisons which were to hold certain cities which were titled fortresses by Hitler, for example in Breslau (with 38 VS units).

First usage of the VS units was against the Russians. Their first task was to dig anti-tanktrenches and positions for artillery and anti-tankunits. As such 8 lignes were constructed in Eastern Prussia. Starting in December 1944 these lignes were manned by a mixture of regular units and VS units.

But before that they were also used in direct combat: in October 1944 8 VS batallions (integrated in the 170 Infanterie-Division) assisted in pushing back the Soviet 3th Front of Byelorussia.

When the Soviet offensive of January 1945 pushed back Armee Gruppe A and Center the VS units escorted and protected the three million German refugees.

And when Berlin had to be defended out of 41,000 German soldiers, 24,000 belonged to the Volkssturm. And even at that time other units were fighting in encircled German cities against overwhelming Russian forces. For instance, in Breslau 25,000 Volkssturm soldiers fought on until May 6.

In the West, Volkssturm units served on the Westwall starting on 12 February 1945. But the importance of the VS was significantly less in the West than it was in the East: many Germans refused to serve in the Volkssturm or abandoned their post on the first opportunity. This was mainly because many Germans wished for a swift advance of the Western Allies opposed to that of the Eastern Allies.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 22 Sep 2013 15:35

The first unit has already been posted. The additional three units are new.

Volkssturm-Bataillon 43/400
Volkssturm-Bataillon 43/402
Volkssturm-Bataillon 43/605
Volkssturm-Bataillon 43/610

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by thgoebel » 03 Nov 2013 12:50

Looking for Volkssturm Units in Berlin 1945

dear all,
Dear Mark,

Could anyone help on Volkssturm Units in Berlin during the final fight. I'm mostly interested in batallions starting with 3-301 ( Berlin Tempelhof) til 3-391. These Batallions fought in sectors C and D. Britz, Buckow, Neukoelln, Tempelhof


Is anything known on festungsregimenter with these units? Perhaps Festungsregimenter 59 and 60. One of the best information in this sectors comes from Skorning

Any detail is heavily welcomed

Best

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Etrich » 28 Dec 2013 20:49

Thanks for publishing the unit list. Does anyone here has any information which Volkssturm units of Gau 20 Niederdonau are assigned to which "Kreis". I found some material about a "Volkssturm Bataillon Krems" that was involved in heavy figthings with the Red Army in the west of Bratislava/Pressburg (Slovakia) in April 1945. However, I have not yet been successful in identifying the batallion number. I appreciate any hint.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by volkssturmmann » 11 Feb 2014 22:38

Did Volkssturm Bataillon Hannover have a number or was it named Bataillon Hannover?

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Feb 2014 01:50

Dear Volkssturmann I am unable to distinctly verify if Bataillon Hannover had a number however there were two different Gau's with Hannover in it.. they are Gau Distict 24 Ost-Hannover and 33 Süd Hannover-Braunschweig. I found this as a reference for Gau 33, Volkssturm Battalion. Ob 11/701 oder XI/701 bin ... Dienststelle: Volkssturm Kreis Hannover ... mir erscheint die bataillonsnummer 701

http://www.schatzsucher.de/Foren/archiv ... 61099.html

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 23 Feb 2014 02:30

In February 2013 I corresponded with Dr David Yelton who is possibly the foremost expert on the Volkssturm... The following is the email correspondence between ourselves.. this may give an insight into the complexities of the composition of the Volkssturm Order of battle..

Dear David

I appreciate your response. I have taken all you have said on board. I am starting to broaden my search and as stated, I am awaiting from Norbert Sparr DRK Vermisstenbildliste addendum for the [Nachtrag VA-VC.] I have looked at the Volkssturm Erkennungsmarke [Dog Tag] which has added more units. Of late I have downloaded a lot of records or information which I can lay my hands on on the Volkssturm from Gau records or research which should keep me busy for some time. I am fairly certain by now that I have found the 700 known Volkssturm-Bataillones that were known to have fought in combat plus those noted in various books that I have in my possession. I know the exercise is difficult and I would say that few have attempted to record such a list, however my curiosity was fueled by the very fact, that there was little out their on what units were created, were designated to be created etc and that it was about time that there was a list created which could assist people to see what was the Volkssturm-Bataillones.

As you experienced in writing your books, what a monumental undertaking compiling records on the Volkssturm was a super effort. I am yet to find anything of substance on the Volkssturm from Gau 28 Salzburg, Gau 29 Schlezwig-Holstein, Gau 30 Schwaben as well as a number of Gau's and hopefully what I have compiled of late will shed some light on the Gau's with limited information. I have further extended my listing of late and I am persevering as I believe the Volkssturm is the least known of the German Forces of World War 2. I have compiled complete OOB's on all arms of the Wehrmacht and other NSDAP units. The units Tessin listed were just one aspect of my collection.

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 0&t=192862 and was an exercise to see what Tessin had found in a clean listing.

The Volkssturm was my missing link. I hope you have appreciated our correspondence and if you can supply the details of any institutions I should contact in order to expand my records I would appreciate. In fact I would like to contact your University. I can assure you David I read your note section you listed in your book over and over again. That was invaluable.

Am I able to contact the University and pay for copies of your dissertation, which you state is (and longer) version of the monograph and it’s available from University Microfilms and ILL. How would I apply considering I am in Australia. Your answer to this point would help me greatly.

Again I really appreciate our correspondence and any tips would be most welcomed.

Most respectfully

Mark

Ps David you state [And, as with everything Volkssturm, things varied amongst the 43 Gaue and the over 800 individual Kreise and it is at this level where master lists might have existed.] What is the simplest way or who would I contact for the individual Kreise?

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From: mark hutchinson
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 8:05 PM
To: Dr David Keith Yelton
Subject: Re: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm. Update

Dear David

I posted on the Volkssturm an extensive update based on.....

'Recently I purchased a rare book that is often overlooked and that is the Deutsches Rotes Kreuz Vermisstenbildliste 2. Nachtrag FU-FZ GA-GH RA + SO VA-VC. This is actually the addendum to the DRK Vermisstenbildliste. As you can see there was a large number of additional Volkssturm-Bataillones found in what is deemed a 'special book'.

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 5&start=30

There was 124 Additional numbered Volkssturm-Bataillones found in the addendum as well 70 named Volkssturm-Bataillones.

As you can see via the link things have expanded greatly since we last communicated.

Most respectfully

Mark

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From: Dr David Keith Yelton
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:39 AM
To: mark hutchinson

Subject: RE: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm.

Mark,

Sounds as if you’re off to a good start. Bormann’s guidelines on unit designations were general, explaining how Gauleiters (and their Volkssturm Stabschefs) should issue numbers. There were no national master lists of unit designations as numbers would have been assigned at the Gau level. At the Gau level lists may have been created based on the number of battalions there. These lists would not have been created until after the Kreis level officials got their units organized (or estimated) on paper. In my recollection of the documents, such lists were very rare as a numeric designation was not viewed as a priority; organizing units was. A number could always be added to the unit title. And, as with everything Volkssturm, things varied amongst the 43 Gaue and the over 800 individual Kreise and it is at this level where master lists might have existed.

David Yelton

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From: mark hutchinson [mailto:mark.hutchinson@live.com.au]
Sent: Saturday, February 16, 2013 8:00 PM
To: Dr David Keith Yelton
Subject: Re: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm.

Dear David

I have read and re-read your extensive response. I have totally indebted to you. I have expanded the listing since we last spoke and there has been a response to my request of units that I did not possess. My page listing in Axis History Forum is now up to 3 pages and I have compiled a clean listing of what I possess so far. http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 5&start=30 .

I have been in extensive correspondence with Norbert Sparr who has the DRK Vermisstenbildliste website and to whom I purchased those books from. He has kindly forwarded to me the addendum for the [Nachtrag 2 FU-FZ, GA-GH, RA+SO, VA-VC.] To which he states is a very rare and special book. I am awaiting it's arrival. Hopefully, additional units can be gleened from this document. You are correct that it is important to find what was created yet it would be great to see what was intended.

Your response to my earlier email would be appreciated. I thank you for giving up your time to me. It is most helpful.

Most respectfully

Mark

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From: Dr David Keith Yelton
Sent: Thursday, February 14, 2013 7:07 AM
To: mark hutchinson
Subject: RE: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm.

Mark,

What you are investigating is complex, as you are obviously aware. What you are seeking is the full listing of Volkssturm battalion designations as decreed by Martin Bormann in the fall of 1944. So yes, there were battalion designations that existed on paper for each Gau running from 1 through the total number of battalions that the regional authorities expected to raise in that Gau. Thus there may well have been 903 (or more) Volkssturm Battalion designations laid out for use in Gau Berlin. But what if numbers 327-568 were never assigned to an actual unit? Or what if 45%, in no specific order, were never assigned to an actual unit? Or Battalions 3/415, 432 and 456 received their numbers but had 2/3 of their originally assigned personnel reclassified as a different Levy, moved due to an air raid, were drafted into the army, died, etc and the entire group combined into a similarly understrength Battalion 3/412? Why would anyone want to know that 3/899 was a potential designation for a Volkssturm battalion but we don’t know anything other than it was possible since there were battalions with higher numbers? Wouldn’t it make as much sense to dig through all the various records on the Volkssturm (and they are very scattered… the largest single collection—from Gau Bayreuth’s Volkssturm Gaustabsfuehrer—is in the National Socialist Teachers Union files in the Bundesarchiv) and decide how many battalions each Gau planned to create? And I doubt even is possible, the historical record is that fragmentary.

I think what you’ve done so far is a better approach; you’re trying to find out how many battalions actually existed based on reliable records. What does it matter that the Nazis intended for there to be a VSBtn 3/723 but it apparently never existed? Wouldn’t it be more valuable to know that Btn 3/17 was a Levy I unit from Kreis Lichterfeld (a hypothetical example)?

As to help, I’m not sure what you expect me to provide. I suggested the two richest sources of actual units (the DRK Vermisstenbildliste and the lists of Field Post Numbers) with which you’re already familiar. I have a thorough bibliography in my Kansas monograph that lists the sources I’ve used. My dissertation is a somewhat less processed (and longer) version of the monograph and it’s available from University Microfilms and ILL if you’d like to consult it. I have about six linear feet of 3x5 note cards on all aspects of the Volkssturm (organized by source, not topic), but no trove of lists of battalion numbers. I don’t recall that being a common item in the records and, as I’ve tried to make clear, was not an important issue to me in my research. I was more interested in the units that actually came into being than in the designation system. I don’t recall a single Gau listing of all numbers assigned… though they might exist somewhere in the various regional archives that contain regional records from the Third Reich era.

I’m not trying to discourage you in your efforts, but I really don’t think that I can offer a great deal of assistance. I’ll be glad to address questions and even look for specific source materials, but the kind of complete information you’re after just doesn’t, in my estimation, exist.

David Yelton

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From: Dr David Keith Yelton
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2013 12:11 PM
To: mark hutchinson
Subject: RE: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm.

Mark,

You task seems quite a challenge and may well be impossible and I wonder if it would really be worth the effort. I suppose it must be a challenge you enjoy, so good luck with it.

The official designation of Gau Number/Btn. Number (within the Gau)/Company nr./Platoon nr was often thrown out once units were mobilized. They were often understrength and then combined and amalgamated as local commanders saw fit. The official designation often only existed on paper so that Nazi Party officials could begin enrolling and assigning men. Even on paper the designations shifted. Units were organized and reorganized as members moved around (particularly in areas subject to bombing) or were drafted. Once on active duty units were often named after their hometown/region or their commander. Most units were never activated obviously, but most that were belonged to Levy I and would be more likely to have a fixed designation and perhaps even get a Field Postal Number. Levy II units on active duty, more common in the East, would have been called up at the last minute and would likely be named for their locality or commander. The records are full of examples of where Volkssturm units were disbanded with the army conscripting those they wanted and sending home the rest. So even if you find a designation, it’s hard to know if that unit number stayed with that unit or was reassigned—perhaps multiple times.

While there are listing of unit designations, knowing anything more than a number is often impossible given the state of record keeping and preservation in 1945. Indeed, there are local lists of units, but no master list. Consulting, as I’ve seen you’ve done—the Feldpostnummer lists and the Vermisstenbildliste of the DRK Suchdienst—would yield the most complete information; but, of course, only of activated units that actually served.

I’ll be glad to offer more specific assistance, if you have questions.

David Yelton

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From: Dr David Keith Yelton
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2013 6:11 AM
To: mark hutchinson
Subject: RE: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm.

Mark,

Interesting find! I’ve looked over your listings so far and just a couple of comments on the impressive number you’ve located:

--the Btns with three numerals (e.g. Btn. 1/139/1) are actually companies. You are probably aware of this, but viewers probably wouldn’t be. This is per official Volkssturm designation policy.

--I noticed in your new named unit additions a “Btn. Ruckrim”; this is probably Btn. Rueckriem which was also known as Btn. Thiet, Feldbtn. E, Feldbtn. VI and Btn. 38/20. It is the subject of my _Hitler’s Home Guard_ book by Osprey and this unit left the best collection of unit records I encountered. It points up the perils of identifying Volkssturm units.

David

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From: mark hutchinson [mailto:mark.hutchinson@live.com.au]
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2013 8:49 PM
To: Dr David Keith Yelton
Subject: Re: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm.

Dear Mr Yelton, first I must say, that I really appreciated your response and what you have written. I have your book and I have read it extensively, referring it to as a bible on the matter. I have all the other major books on the subject as well as EVERYTHING that is accessible on the subject.

In AXIS HISTORY FORUM, I wrote a baiting email hoping that others who maybe interested in this most daunting of tasks might be compelled to offer their information. So far no takers....

I wrote the following and I ascertained from your book the following...

"I have come to the conclusion, after reading David Yelton's Masterful work 'Hitler's Volkssturm: The Nazi Militia and the Fall of Germany, 1944-1945' that it would be safe to be able to list a sequential creation order from each Gau from lowest to highest numerically, from what I have offered so far. David Yelton states unequivocally that the Volkssturm-Bataillones were created in each Gau in numerical sequential order. I have contacted Mr Yelton and I am awaiting a response.

In fact, it was directed by Chief of the Parteikanzlei Martin Bormann, who was heavily involved in the inception of the Volkssturm, that this is how the Volkssturm-Bataillones were to be named. Starting at Bataillon 1 for each Gau and expanding from there. I am so tempted to list them as such and I may just get around to doing that. However I will persevere with finding more units, yet if I was to do so, I would somehow note the units found and note the ones not found so far, as such. Although they must have existed as will be presented below.

For example, there is Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/1 and a Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/903 in Gau Berlin. The Volkssturm numbering was not random or created out of thin air, they were created to a carefully set order and historical proof is there to prove that. However, finding each unit in between 3/1 and 3/903 is very hard."

Now I fully agree, that units may have been locally raised and named after there commander as such or named after their unit commander as some named units were. However, from what I have come to understand is that the named units maybe a unit such as Volkssturm-Bataillon Freikorps Sauerland which was also Volkssturm-Bataillon 39/XXIII or 39/23 as based on the information I have. This I comprehend, however, upon the initial creation of the Levy system the original intention was for the units to be sequential. This was when the system was fully functioning and the Reich hadn't collapsed yet, such as administration etc.

It is this point I am most interested in, so based on what I have presented, in bold, what I have written, could be undertaken by me, as this was the original point in numbering the units. As I stated, between Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/1 and a Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/903 in Gau Berlin, there was or created 900 other Volkssturm-Bataillones, as the 'Volkssturm numbering was not random or created out of thin air'. I believe that this was undertaken to gain a sense of martial belonging, to comply with the Geneva Convention and for administration purposes.

It is true that later on that the system broke down and that it would be difficult to compile but in it's birth in it's creation we do know that there was as a said a Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/1 and a Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/903 in Gau Berlin, so that I would be able to list the units in between and I would notate as such the ones discovered or the ones not discovered.

Further have you any listings or did you come across any form of Order of Battle in your research that I could have or be pointed in the right direction. Your assistance would be appreciated. I think it is worth it, because it is a missing part in the historical sense of the word for that period. I agree it is most daunting and I am doing this from the comfort of my home, you physically went to Germany and discovered the impossible. So anything is possible and if I fail then at least I have contributed to something to the matter.

Here I am communicating too the expert on the subject, as though I know something. Please don't think I am being impertinent, it's like getting an opportunity to ask God one question and each time you ask a sensible question you get to ask another so I am taking this opportunity to ask.... do you have any information you could share with me that I would keep private on the numbering system or the Order of Battle and If it would be okay to list the units in sequential order. I know I asked many questions then, however, although grammatically incorrect it was one question in my opinion Smile emoticon

Your response would be most appreciated and what do you think of what I have presented so far on AH. I updated extensively last night to the discussion.

Most respectfully

Mark

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From: mark hutchinson [mailto:mark.hutchinson@live.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, February 05, 2013 8:05 PM
To: Dr David Keith Yelton
Subject: Mr Yelton I need your help.... Volkssturm.

Hello Mr Yelton

I am attempting to compile the impossible, a complete or near complete list of Volkssturm Units. If you can shed some light on the matter or offer any additional information I would appreciate you help. I am in Sydney Australia and I have read your books as well as others and the following listing is compiled over two pages on the Axis History Forum.

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic. ... 0&t=192705

Most respectfully

Mark Hutchinson

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 04 Mar 2014 07:19

Some additional Volkssturm-Bataillon to add to the list.

Volkssturm-Bataillon Bruns das Waldstück
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ebenrode
Volkssturm-Bataillon Gehlenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Greizer
Volkssturm-Bataillon Johannisburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Kurwien
Volkssturm-Bataillon Meißner
Volkssturm-Bataillon Moosburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Nandlstadt
Volkssturm-Bataillon Prauß
Volkssturm-Bataillon Schonlanke
Volkssturm-Bataillon Seeber
Volkssturm-Bataillon Stolp
Volkssturm-Bataillon Tütz
Volkssturm-Bataillon Umgegend

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 22 Mar 2014 10:43

Some additional Volkssturm-Bataillon to add to the list.

Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/93
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/103
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/109
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/205
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/260
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/405
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/721
Volkssturm-Bataillon 22/111
Volkssturm-Bataillon 25/HJ (Reinforce)

Volkssturm-Bataillon Böhlitz-Ehrenberg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Heydekrug
Volkssturm-Bataillon Hydrierwerk
Volkssturm-Bataillon Landauer
Volkssturm-Bataillon Landeshut
Volkssturm-Bataillon Leibnitzer
Volkssturm-Bataillon Pestalozzischule
Volkssturm-Bataillon Schles
Volkssturm-Bataillon Schöllkrippen

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 26 Mar 2014 04:36

Additional units to add to the list.

Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/552
Volkssturm-Bataillon 21/6
Volkssturm-Bataillon 24/177
Volkssturm-Bataillon 26/1
Volkssturm-Bataillon 31/268
Volkssturm-Bataillon 32/405
Volkssturm-Bataillon 34/402
Volkssturm-Bataillon 39/17
Volkssturm-Bataillon 39/19
Volkssturm-Bataillon 39/31

Volkssturm-Bataillon Labiau

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 26 Mar 2014 10:14

Dear Axis-History Forum family.. A book that would assist me greatly in order to ascertain what information is actually in it is probably collecting dust in someones library.. If someone would be able to furnish me with what information relating to the Volkssturm would be greatly appreciated. The Book in question is Register der Namensverbände; Volkssturm; Hitlerjugend; Verbündete

Volume 17 of Verbände und Truppen der deutschen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS im Zweiten Weltkrieg, 1939 - 1945,

Authors Brün Meyer, Georg Tessin Publisher Biblio-Verlag, 2002 Length 482 pages

I have up to volume 16 of Georg Tessin yet I am unable to locate Volume 17 especially in Australia... If anyone could supply me with what information Georg Tessin states about the Volkssturm would be an advantage. Does Mr Tessin list any Volkssturm-Bataillon numbers.

Most respectfully

Mark

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 29 Mar 2014 10:15

I found an interesting article on the Volkssturm and Dresden...
[The “zone of Dresden-Riesa defense “and the “strength of Dresden “

In November of 1944 10 battalions of destined themselves in Dresden Volkssturm . Among them there were units of construction of trenches, commandos antitank and units of communications. All the trucks of Dresden and their conductors were integrated in two transportation battalions of the Volkssturm. Some battalions were appointed to the Eastern front in January, but most remained quartered in Dresden forming like officials. Before the impossibility to equip with armament to Wehrmacht, FOLL and to near 20,000 men of the Volkssturm and Hitler Youths, was become ordained to them to these last ones to consolidate the enclave.]
http://www.myetymology.com/encyclopedia ... esden.html

If any one knows what the actual numbering of "10 battalions of the Dresden Volkssturm .as well as the two transportation battalions of the Volkssturm." Your help would assist me greatly.
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