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SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Flandern


Lineage

  • SS-Freiwilligen-Standarte "Nordwest"
  • SS-Freiwilligen-Verband Flandern (Landesverband Flandern)
  • SS-Bataillon Flandern
  • SS-Freiwilligen-Legion Flandern

History

In April and May, 1941, Flemish volunteers arrived in Hamburg, Germany. They had signed up to serve in the SS-Standarte "Nordwest", and were incorporated in the 1, 6 and 8 Flemish companies. After a short basic training, they went to Radom, Poland, and then to Debica for further training.

Formed in July 1941 in Radom, it was also known as the SS-Freiwilligen Verband Flandern and as the Flandern Bataillon. It later became a full regiment known as the SS-Freiwilligen Verband Nordwest, which, in turn, became two battalions of the Freiwilligen Standarte Nordwest.

In September, 1941, it became the independent SS-Freiwilligen Legion Flandern, standing as a reinforced infantry battalion with five motorized companies.

On November 10th, 1941, the Legion marched to the front near the region of Nowgorod. It then had 1112 soldiers, 950 of them were Flemish, and of the 950, 14 were Flemish officers.

In May 1943 it was formed into the SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade "Langemarck"

The following is a brief overview of the Legions Kriegstagebuch (War Record). An extremely detailed listing of the Legions Kriegstagebuch will follow this listing.

Battles in the Wolchow-region:
11.41 - 12.7.41: Attacks an Tischwin and Wolchowstroy, with fighting's in Tischwin.
11.41 - 12.27.41: Retreating to the Wolchow-river.
12.25.41 - 12.27.41: Defense Fighting along the Wolchow-river
1.13.42 - 5.21.42: Repulsing the Russian Wolcho-offensive (Russian Reliefe of Leningrad)
1.13.42 - 2.27.42: Phase 1, defending the frontline.
2.28.42 - 5.21.42: Phase 2, closing the encirclement.
5.22.42 - 6.27.42: Phase 3, destroying the enemy in the Wolchow-region.

Trench fighting at Leningrad
8.27.42 - 9.3.42: First counter attack south of the Ladoga-see
1.12.43 - 3.31.43: Second counter attack south of the Ladoga Sea. South of Kolpino and at the surrounding of Pogostschje.

At this point the legion leaves the front and travels to Debica and Milowitz, to be reformed to the SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade "Langemarck".

Detailed Kriegstagebuch of the 1.Kompanie/Legion Flandern

Detailed Kriegstagebuch of the 2.Kompanie/Legion Flandern

Detailed Kriegstagebuch of the 3.Kompanie/Legion Flandern

Detailed Kriegstagebuch of the 4.Kompanie/Legion Flandern

Detailed Kriegstagebuch of the 5.Kompanie/Legion Flandern

Organization

Freiwilligen Verband Flandern Field Post Numbers
Stab
  1.Kompanie
  2.Kompanie
  3.Kompanie
F.-P.-Nr 44853
F.-P.-Nr 44853
F.-P.-Nr 44853
F.-P.-Nr 44853

Freiwilligen Legion Flandern
Field Post Numbers
Stab
  Stab Kompanie
    1.Schutzen-Kompanie
    2.Schutzen-Kompanie
    3.Schutzen-Kompanie
4.schwere Granatwerfer-Kompanie
5.Panzerjäger-Kompanie
F.P.-Nr 44853A
F.P.-Nr 44853A
F.P.-Nr 44853B
F.P.-Nr 44853C
F.P.-Nr 44853D
F.P.-Nr 44853E
F.P.-Nr 44853F

Commanders

April 1941 - July 1941: SS-Standartenführer Reich (Nordwest)
July 1941 - April 1942: SS-Sturmbannführer Lippert
April 1942 - June 1942: SS-Standartenführer von Lettow-Vorbeck (Represented by SS-Hauptsturmführer Hallmann)
June 1942 - July 1942: SS-Obersturmbannführer Fitzhum
July 1942 - May 1945: SS-Obersturmbannführer Schellong

Staff of the Legion on 10 November 1941

    Commander Stubaf. Lippert
    Adjutant Ustuf. Steffen
    Ordannance officer Stubaf. Bohez
    Intentant Ostuf. Seipold
    Medic Ostuf. Dr. Prix
    Medic aid Ostuf. Michel
    Paymaster Hscha. Odoj
    Dentist Ustuf. Hepburn

Commanders 1.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern

    Ostuf. Nussbaum
    Ostuf. Van der Smissen
    Ostuf. Deicke
    Ustuf. Lagast
    Ustuf. Harder
    Ustuf. Mahrenholz.

Commanders 2.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern

    Ustuf. Breymann
    Ustuf. Vieweger
    Ustuf. Müller
    Ustuf. Hoffmann
    Ustuf. Breymann
    Ustuf. Ritzau
    Ustuf. Marteson
    Ustuf. Delbaere
    Ustuf. Ritzau
    Ustuf. Tupuchies

Commanders 3.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern

    Ustuf. Moyen
    Ustuf. Kühlbach
    Ustuf. Kahrl
    Ustuf. Köhn
    Ustuf. Harder
    Ustuf. Kahrl
    Ustuf. Vogel

Commanders 4.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern

    Ustuf. Neuhäuser
    Ustuf. Polsterer
    Ustuf. Weingärtner
    Ustuf. Moyen
    Ustuf. Delbaere
    Ustuf. Weingärtner

Commanders 5.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern

    Ustuf. Weingärtner
    Ustuf. Dethier
    Ustuf. Fürst
    Ustuf. Dethier