Soldiers of the Standarte Feldherrnhalle

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Soldiers of the Standarte Feldherrnhalle

Post by Bill Medland » 29 May 2003 10:07

The "Feldherrnhalle" started the war as a Battalion in the Wehrmacht
and ended up as a Panzer Korps.
Wiped out several times and rebuilt from survivors. The unit had a
high morale and fighting spirit.
An all vollunteer unit, recruits came from the SA Storm Troopers,
who should have served at least 12 months in the Brownshirts.
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Post by Marcus » 29 May 2003 10:47

Bill,

Nice images. What is the source for the recruitment poster?

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Post by Karl » 29 May 2003 14:54

I like those pictures Mr Medland. Where’d you get them and who did the drawing?

Very nice.

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Post by Bill Medland » 29 May 2003 23:42

All images in this thread come from the book by Erich Jainek,
himself a veteran of "Feldherrnhalle".
It is full of new information, for example, did you know that
Hermann Göring was the honourary regimental comander in
1938 and wanted to turn the unit into an airborne unit.
(Note:Göring was himself a former SA Leader).
In 1939 the Standarte was reduced to battalion strength
because Göring removed 70% of the troops to form the first
airborne units. As a result almost all of the paratroopers at
Eben Emael were former SA Brownshirts!
The book, which is in German, lists every holder of the Knights
Cross in the "Feldherrnhalle" Panzer Korps.
Bill.
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Post by Wolfkin » 30 May 2003 01:54

I was always under the impression that the "Feldherrnhalle" Panzergrenadier Division, and later Korps, was created from the renamed 60th Panzergrenadier Division and 13th Panzer Division. Is this correct? Or did they add the "Feldherrnhalle" Standarte when they renamed these units and hence the honorific "Feldherrnhalle" title?

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Post by Bill Medland » 30 May 2003 07:48

Hi Wolfkin,
The make-up of Feldherrnhalle was very complicated due to the
fact it was split up over several divisions at the start. for example,
in the 93.Infantry Division it had a battalion, in the 60.Pz.Gren. Division
was the Artillery Regiment (Wespe and Hummel),Formed in Danzig from
the SA Brigade Eberhardt.
The Panzer Brigade was formed from the 13.Pz.Div.
To add further confussion "FHH" was also linked to the Fallschirmjäger,
and the Army 22.Air Landing Division.(Hermann Göring due to the fact
that he was an honourary SA chief, tried to take the unit over into
the Luftwaffe in 1938-39, the elements he was able to keep formed
the first Fallschirmjäger units).
Add to this the conections to the SA and the SA Stabschef!
"FeldherrnHalle" would make an interesting study in itself, one could
even say it was the Waffen-SA!
Bill.
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Post by Wolfkin » 30 May 2003 08:07

Thanks for the information Bill!

Clear as mud and twice as thick, eh? :D

Actually, you explain it very well. I never realized that the 60th Panzergrenadier's Artillery element was a part of Feldherrnhalle before the renaming of it as Feldherrnhalle. And I never realized that there were so many Feldherrnhalle units around, this unit has a whole history that I never realized. Thank you again for the info!

Cheers,

Wolfkin

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Post by Juha Hujanen » 30 May 2003 10:35

Good stuff Bill :)

Another good source to Feldherrnhalle units is:

Alfonso Escuadra Sanchez-Feldherrnhalle:Forgotten Elite.The Panzerkorps Feldherrnhalle and Antecedent Formations,Eastern and Other Fronts 1942-43.
ISBN 1899765662.

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Post by CHRISCHA » 30 May 2003 21:31

Were the soldiers allowed to wear SA decorations on their field or parade uniform (ie. SA sports badge, etc).

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Post by Marcus » 30 May 2003 21:35

Juha Hujanen wrote:Another good source to Feldherrnhalle units is:

Alfonso Escuadra Sanchez-Feldherrnhalle:Forgotten Elite.The Panzerkorps Feldherrnhalle and Antecedent Formations,Eastern and Other Fronts 1942-43.
ISBN 1899765662.


It is a very good book, but the title is strange considering that it covers the whole war, not just 1942-43.

/Marcus

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Post by heinz kling » 31 May 2003 05:10

Die Panzer Brigade 106 FHH by Friedrich Bruns.

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