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32.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division "30.Januar"


History

WW2 German 32nd SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division Formed on January 30th, 1945 at Truppenübungsplatz Kurmark from various units, including Kampfgruppe Schill and various Rekruten-Depots located in the region of Kurmark. Because of the rapidly advancing Soviets forces and the increasing decline of the overall situation on the Eastern Front at this point, elements of the division were formed and sent directly into combat against the approaching Soviets. One such unit was named Kampfgruppe Kurmark, later renamed 32.SS-Regiment, and still later, renamed again as the 87.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Regiment. By February, 1945, the division had close to 12,000 men in its ranks from many varied sources. The division saw action fighting against the Soviets along the Oder River mainly near Frankfurt/Oder. The division was destroyed in the Halbe pocket, but part of the unit surrendered to the Americans at Tangermünde.

Organization

General Composition
86.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Regiment
87.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Regiment
88.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Regiment
32.SS-Freiwilligen-Artillerie-Regiment
32.Waffen-SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung
32.Waffen-SS-Füsilier-Abteilung
32.Waffen-SS-Flak-Abteilung
32.Waffen-SS-Pioneer-Abteilung
32.Waffen-SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung
32.Waffen-SS-Feldersatz-Bataillon
32.ss Divisional Support Units

Commanders

  • Standtenführer Rudolf Mühlenkamp, 1.30.45 - 2.05.45
  • Standtenführer Joachim Richter, 2.05.45 - 2.17.45
  • Oberführer Adolf Ax, 2.17.45 - 3.15.45
  • Standtenführer Hans Kempin, 3.15.45 - 5.8.45

War Service


Date Corps Army Army Group Area
2.45 - 4.45 V. SS 9. Armee Weichsel Frankfurt/Oder