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17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen"


WW2 German 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Emblem


  • SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Götz von Berlichingen"
  • 17.SS-Panzergrenadier-Division "Götz von Berlichgen"


October, 1943: Division raised in Southern France.

3 October, 1943: Honor title, "Götz von Berlichingen" bestowed by Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler.

26 November, 1943: Werner Ostendorff promoted to SS-Brigadeführer and appointed division commanding officer as division continues to form in Tours, France.

January, 1944: SS-Brigadeführer Ostendorff joins the Division's headquarters staff at Thouars, France.

March, 1944: Division's training nearly complete, and slated to join the 80. Armeekorps.

10 April, 1944: Reichsführer-SS Himmler travels from Berlin to attend the formal division activation ceremony with "Sepp" Dietrich and General Leo Freiherr Geyr von Schweppenburg at the town hall in Thouars. Cufftitles bestowed upon the Division.

10 June, 1944: Division arrives in Normandy, France.

11/12 June, 1944: Into action at Carentan, defending the crossroads between Saint Lo and Coutances.

12 June, 1944: Carentan falls to the US 101st Airborne Division as the 17. SS moves into defensive positions to the South.

13 June, 1944: Division unsuccessfully counterattacks at Coutances.

16 June, 1944: SS-Brigadeführer Ostendorff wounded and relieved; SS-Oberführer Eduard Diesenhoffer appointed new Division commanding officer.

June, 1944: Defense of Saint Lo sector at Argentan.

6 August, 1944: Remnants of the Division temporarily assigned to 2.SS-Panzer Division "Das Reich", kampfgruppe formed and attached to XLVII PanzerKorps, 7.Army.

6/7 August, 1944: 2. SS concentrated near Mortain, advancing on the South side of the See River against the US 30th Infantry Division.

7 August, 1944: Counterattack at Mortain, Operation LUTTICH, against the US Third Army, fails.

28 August, 1944 Remnants of the 17. SS withdrawn from line combat to Chartres for rest and refit.

1 September, 1944: Division in refit just West of Metz along the Abbeville-Mars-La-Tour Road, absorbs both SS-Panzergrenadier-Brigade 49 and the SS-Panzergrenadier-Brigade 51, sent from Denmark, and SS-Panzer Brigade "Merzig"(??).

5 September, 1944: Division sent 10 miles West of Arnaville.

7 September, 1944: 37.SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment defends Dornot against the Second Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment, US 5th Infantry Division.

10 September , 1944: Arnaville Bridgehead established, First and Second Battalions, 10th Infantry Regiment, US 5th Infantry Division, is attacked by the Division. Elements of the Division counterattack from Array towards Hill 386 (Bois Des Anneaux), and are repulsed late in the afternoon.

11 September, 1944: SS-Panzergrenadier-Brigade 49 attacks the US 4th Armored and 80th Infantry Divisions at Nancy.

12 September, 1944: Refit completed. At 0330, the Division re-commences the counterattack against the Arnaville Bridgehead.

13 September, 1944: Two battalions of the Division sent to reinforce the Dieulouard Bridgehead at Metz.

14 September, 1944: SS-Panzergrenadier-Brigade 49 in Foret De Facq.

15 September, 1944: US 7th Armored Division ordered into the Arnaville Bridgehead for the drive on Metz as the Division is reinforced by elements of the 559. Volksgrenadier Division. German counterattack begins and SS-Panzergrenadier-Brigade 49 moves South to face the US 80th Infantry Division. US 7th Armored and 5th Infantry Divisions fight the Division to reach the Seille River.

17 September, 1944: Foret De Facq falls to the US 80th Infantry Division.

October, 1944: US 5th Infantry Division withdraws after failing to take Fort Driant.

November, 1944: Division assigned to SS-Gruppenführer Max Simon's XIII. SS-Korps and rebuilt.

17 November, 1944: 38.SS-Panzergrenadier Regiment evacuates Metz.

19 November, 1944: Division relieves Kamfgruppe Mühlen at the Maginot Line near Faulquemont.

22 November, 1944: Metz falls to US Army.

30 November , 1944: German forces pushed back to the East bank of the Maderbach Creek.

31 December, 1944: Operation NORDWIND begins in the Saarbrücken-Saverne sector against the US First Army.

5 January, 1945: Operation NORDWIND fails.

15 March, 1945: Elements of the Division counterattack a battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment, US 3rd Infantry Division at Uttweiler, supported by 9 assault guns., 7 of which are destroyed by a relief battalion of the 7th Infantry Regiment along with 4 Wirbelwind Flakwagons.

17 March, 1945: Division southeast of Saarbrücken, East of Kaiserslautern, facing Lieutenant General Alexander Patch's US Seventh Army. Division in defense of Kaiserslautern, West of the Pfaelzer Forest, retreating along the East-West highway though the Forest and the secondary road behind the West Wall.

22 March, 1945: Division still West of the Rhine, holding Landau and Neustadt.

25 March, 1945: Division across the Rhine, headed North of the Neckar River.

30 March, 1945: Division North of the Neckar in defense of the Odenwald.

1 April, 1945: Division skirmishes with the US 10th Armored Division at the confluence of the Jagst and Neckar Rivers.

3 April, 1945: Division moves along the Neckar River to North of Heilbronn, still engaging the US 10th Armored Division.

4 April, 1945: Counterattack against the 398th Armored Infantry Regiment, US 10th Armored Division.

11 April, 1945: US 3rd and 45th Infantry Divisions occupy the Höhe Rhon Hills and begin the drive on Nuremburg.

13 April, 1945: Division moves into the gap between the US First and Seventh Armies, positioning for the defense of Nuremburg.

14 April, 1945: Last elements of the Division evacuate Heilbronn, and garrison Nuremburg, less one regiment.

16 April, 1945: Defense of Nuremburg begins.

21 April, 1945: Nuremburg falls and remnants of the Division move South.

7 May, 1945: Division surrenders to US Army near Achensee, Bavaria.


General Composition
Stab der Division
  SS-Division-Kartenstelle (mot)
  Musikkorps 17
  SS-Division-Begleit-Kompanie 17
    SS-Division-Sicherungs-Kompanie 17
SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 37
SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 38
SS-Panzer-Abteilung 17
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 17
SS-Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 17
SS-Artillerie-Regiment 17
SS-Flak-Abteilung 17
  schwere Batterie
  schwere Batterie
  schwere Batterie
  leicht Batterie
SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 17
  SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 17
  SS-Fernsprech-Kompanie 17
  SS-Funk-Kompanie 17
SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 17
SS-Pionier-Bataillon 17
  SS-Pionier-Brückenkolonne 17
SS-Divisions-Nachschubtruppen 17
  SS-Nachschubtruppen-Abteilung 17
  Stab Dinafü
SS-Panzer-Instandsetzungs-Abteilung 17
  SS-Hauptkasse 17
  SS-Bäckerei-Kompanie 17
  SS-Verwaltungs-Kompanie 17
SS-Sanitäts-Abteilung 17
  SS-Feldlazartt 17
SS-Feldpostamt 17
SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug 17
SS-Feldgendarmerie-Kompanie 17
SS-Feldersatz-Bataillon 17


WW2 German Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff Photo
Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff
10.30.43 - 1.??.44
WW2 German Oberführer Fritz Klingenberg Photo
Oberführer Fritz Klingenberg
1.??.44 - ??.??.44
Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff, ??.??.44 - 6.17.44
Standartenführer Otto Binge, 6.17.44 - 6.20.44
Brigadeführer Otto Baum, 6.20.44 - 8.01.44
Standartenführer Otto Binge, 8.01.44 - 8.30.44
Oberführer Dr. Eduard Deisenhofer, 8.30.44 - 9.??.44
Oberführer Thomas Müller, 9.??.44 - 9.??.44
Standartenführer Gustav Mertsch, 9.??.44 - 10.21.44
Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff, 10.21.44 - 11.15.44
Standartenführer Hans Linger, 11.15.44 - 1.09.45
Oberst Gerhard Lindner, 1.09.45 - 1.21.45
Oberführer Fritz Klingenberg, 1.21.45 - 3.22.45
Standartenführer Jakob Fick, 3.22.45 - 3.26.45
Oberführer Georg Bochmann, 3.26.45 - 5.08.45

War Service

Date Corps Army Army Group Area
12.43 - 4.44 forming 1. Armee D France
5.44 Reserve - OKW France
6.44 II. Fallsch. Korps 7. Armee B Normandy
7.44 LXXXIV 7. Armee B Normandy
8.44 LXXX 1. Armee B Champagne
9.44 - 10.44 XIII. SS 1. Armee G Saarpfalz
11.44 LXXXII 1. Armee G Saarpfalz
12.44 XIII. SS 1. Armee G Saarpfalz
1.45 Reserve 1. Armee G Saarpfalz
2.45 - 3.45 XIII. SS 1. Armee G Saarpfalz
4.45 XIII. SS 1. Armee G Franken