Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945
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
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:
Trench fighting at Leningrad:
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
April 1941 - July 1941: SS-Standartenführer Reich
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. Van der Smissen
Commanders 2.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern
Commanders 3.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern
Commanders 4.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern
Commanders 5.Komp./SS-Freiw.Legion Flandern
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