36. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS

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36. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS

Postby K.Kocjancic » 09 Jul 2007 18:55

http://www.axishistory.com/index.php?id=766

36. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS was formed Feb 1945, when SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger was upgraded to a division.

When SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger was upgraded to a division, a number of Heer units were attached to the unit: Pionier-Brigade 687, Grenadier-Regiment 1244, Schwere-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 681 and Panzer Abteilung Stahnsdorf I. Grenadier-Regiment 1244 was made up a mix of men from various sources, about half of them were students from NCO schools and a about a quarter came from the Volkssturm.

The number of desertions increased rapidly and together with the massive Red Army offensive, this meant that the unit was no longer a functioning unit by the middle of April, though small elements continued to fight. The remaining elements of the unit disbanded south of Magdeburg and attempted to reach the western Allies.

Lineage
Wilddiebkommando Oranienburg (15 June 1940 - ? July 1940)
SS-Sonderkommando Dirlewanger (? July 1940 - 1 Sep 1940)
SS-Sonderbataillon Dirlewanger (1 Sep 1940 - ? Sep 1943)
Einsatz-Bataillon Dirlewanger (temporary designation used in 1943 and 1944)
SS-Regiment Dirlewanger (? Sep 1943 - 19 Dec 1944)
SS-Sonderregiment Dirlewanger (temporary designation used in 1943 and 1944)
SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger (19 Dec 1944 - 20 Feb 1945)
36. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (20 Feb 1945 - May 1945)

Commanders
SS-Oberführer Dr. Oskar Dirlewanger (20 Feb 1945 - ? Apr 1945)

Area of operations
Germany (Silesia) (20 Feb 1945 - 16 Mar 1945
Germany (Elbe River) (16 Mar 1945 - 3 May 1945)

Manpower strength
1 July 1940 84
1 Sep 1940 300
4 Feb 1943 700
30 Dec 1943 259
19 Feb 1944 1.200
17 Apr 1944 2.000
30 June 1944 971
15 Aug 1944 648
16 Oct 1944 4.000
29 Dec 1944 6.000

Composition July 40- July 42- July 43- July 44- Dec 44- Feb 45-
June 42 June 43 June 44 Nov 44 Feb 45 May 45
Waffen-SS Troops (1) 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5%
Poachers 94% 60% 15% 5% 5% 5%
Non-German 0% 15% 30% 10% 5% 5%
Penal Troops 1% 20% 15% 40% 45% 40%
Inmates (2) 0% 0% 35% 40% 40% 14%
Heer Troops (3) 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 30%

1. Regular Waffen-SS soldiers attached to the unit.

2. Concentration camp inmates excluding poachers, but including political prisoners, as well as regular criminals.

3. Regular Heer soldiers attached to the unit after it was designated a division.



Holders of high awards

Knight's Cross - Dr. Oskar Dirlewanger



Order of battle (20 Feb 1945)

Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 72

Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS 73

SS-Artillerie Abteilung 36

SS-Füsilier Kompanie 36

SS-Nachrichten Kompanie 36

Pionier-Brigade 687 (Heer)

2 x Battalion

Grenadier-Regiment 1244 (Heer)

2 x Battalion

Schwere-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 681 (Heer)

2 x Company with 88mm anti-tank guns

Panzer Abteilung Stahnsdorf I (Heer)

Staff Company

2 x Assault Gun Company (15 Sturmgeschütz III)


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Klemen

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Postby FRANCY RITTER » 10 Jul 2007 10:50

Thanks for Info Klemen ...

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Postby Marcus Wendel » 11 Jul 2007 18:34

Thanks.

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Re: 36. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS

Postby genstab » 20 Sep 2017 22:20

I'm not sure what Dirlewanger's title was, but Yerger says SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Schmedes was the division's actual commander from 20 February to 29 April 1945.
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