18. SS-Panzergrenadierdivision "Horst Wessel".

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18. SS-Panzergrenadierdivision "Horst Wessel".

Post by Nak250 » 16 Oct 2005 12:13

I need help about 18. SS Panzergrenadier "Horst Wessel". I haven´t found nothing remarkable on internet, so I request some help about organization, a short text about its operative history and a little general info. I have been searching for a good link so time. If anyone have a picture of this unit, I will appreciate it very much.

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Thanks in advance, Nak.

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Post by MD650 » 16 Oct 2005 17:12

Maybe this is some help.
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Post by Warager » 16 Oct 2005 18:20

Hola nak 250
de esa unidad casi no hay informacion creeme que yo tambien e buscado informacion pero no encuentro nada

18 ss Division was created mainly with Hungarian volkdeutsche in the spring of 1944
it was named after a young nazi "Martyr" it fought in western european countries and it saw some anti partisan
actions

supongo que eso ya lo sabias :wink: i guess you know that but i cant find anything better i think i have a
picture i will look for it and post it if i found it

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Post by Rob - wssob2 » 16 Oct 2005 22:13

January 1944: 1.SS-Infanterie-Brigade (mot.) upgraded to become the 18. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Horst Wessel. Unit transferred to Raume-Agram-Cilli (Zagreb, Croatia) area.

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February 1944: Division forming. Additional personnel Hungarian volksdeutsche; plus Assault Gun battalion from 6th SS-Gebirgs Division Nord join the division.

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March - June 1944: Training; division strength 8,530; possibly some exercises with 1st Croatian cavalry Division (i.e. elements of the Zagreb Cavalry Regt. or "Brzi Sdrug" (Mobile Brigade)?)
March 18-31: Division participates in Operation MARGARETHE, the German military occupation of Hungary, as part of "Kampfgruppe Zwade" (under Generalmajor Zwade, commanding officer of 36th (367th?) Infantry Division) & travels from Varazdin, Yugoslavia to Budapest.

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July - August 1944: Division training in Hungary; then sent to Ukraine; Kampfgruppe Schäfer (includes SS-Pz.Gren Regt. 40) heavy combat Russians -Lvov, Sanok with additional elements 1. SS Sturmbrigade "Frankreich" - possibly an alternate name for Französische SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Charlemagne
August 23-27: Units of Slovakian army begin uprising against the Germans, St. Martin, Slovakia.

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September 1944: Training in Hungary; anti-partisan operations; core of division at Backa.

Sept 1: Gottlob Berger, head of the SS-FHA, appointed HSSPF for Slovakia; 1,200 - 1,800 divisional troops sent to Slovakia as Kampfgruppe Schaefer to quell the rebellion.

Sept 16: First reference of Horst Wessel as the division name in a OKH order of battle for Hungary

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October 1944: Training in Hungary; anti-partisan operations
Oct 18: unit participates in major offensive against Slovakian rebellion.

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November 1944: division moves to Slovakia to repress Slovak uprising; then participates in heavy combat near Budapest

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December 1944: heavy combat near Budapest; rejoined by Kampfgruppe Schäfer; division strength: 11,000
Dec 24: Budapest surrounded

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January 1945: heavy combat outside Budapest

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February 1945: Division retreats to Slovakia; assigned to LVI Panzerkorps

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March 1945: Heavy combat Silesia. Hitler orders arms and vehicles from the Indian Legion transferred to 18th SS.

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April 1945: heavy combat Silesia, Czechoslovakia

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May 1945: destroyed Hirschberg

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Post by Marc Rikmenspoel » 17 Oct 2005 06:58

Yes, that was from the 8. SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade Frankreich, which was afterwards expanded into the 33. Waffen-Grenadier Division Charlemagne. The I. Bataillon of the Sturmbrigade, under Hstuf. Pierre Cance, fought with SS-KG Schaefer during the summer of 1944. At this time the French volunteers still had "Freiwilligen" status as they had been, at least in theory, screened for Aryan background. The successor division was not screened, and its men didn't need to meet early war Waffen-SS recruiting standards, so it received Waffen-Grenadier staus.

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Post by Nak250 » 17 Oct 2005 18:59

Thanks, It´s useful and important for me all this information which have been posted by you. A picture would be amazing, but I know it´s almost impossible to find one.

Greetings from a hot and sunny land called Andalucía (Spain).

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Post by Rob - wssob2 » 18 Oct 2005 03:47

Oops - minor correction - Berger was the head of the SS-HA, not the SS-FHA. My mistake! :wink:

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Post by Reader3000 » 18 Oct 2005 19:35

Hello. The SS- Ausb. u. Ers.Btl. 18 of that Division fought in and near my hometown in April 1945. There are several fallen soldiers on the local cemetery.... The fightings near my town were quite severe. :(

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Post by Reader3000 » 27 Oct 2005 19:39

Is there no one interested in that story? :D

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » 27 Oct 2005 19:43

Do you have the addition to the unit history by Wilhelm Tieke , dear Florian ?

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Post by Reader3000 » 27 Oct 2005 19:48

Nope, I only have the history books about my town and the fightings here, dear Jan-Hendrik.

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » 27 Oct 2005 19:53

Aargh , I already kicked Hoover aka Frank2 to get the addittion by Tieke , it is only about this unit :roll:
If you have any Info , inform us ( maybe you would reanimate a thread you started once in another forum :wink: )!

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Post by Reader3000 » 02 Nov 2005 18:09

It is only about the A.- u. E.-Btl. of the 18th Division? :o Veeery interesting. Let me have look if you have it, so inform me please. :wink:

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Post by Jan-Hendrik » 02 Nov 2005 18:19

Well , according to the Unit history of the 18th by Rebstock/Tieke it has 40 pages and is availble directly from Mr. Tieke . Think I have to phone & ask him if it still avaiable ....

Jan-Hendrik

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