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SS-Sturmbrigade "Dirlewanger"


Lineage

  • Wilddiebkommando Oranienburg
  • Sonderkommando Dr. Dirlewanger
  • SS-Sonderbataillon Dirlewanger
  • SS-Regiment Dirlewanger
  • SS-Sonderregiment Dirlewanger
  • SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger

History


This infamous unit was formed originally as Wilddiebkommando Oranienburg on June 15th, 1940. It soon became known as the SS-Sonderbataillon Dirlewanger. By September, 1943, the unit was a regiment in size. After falling in size as a result of sustaining heavy losses, it was again enlarged in the fall of 1944, this time to brigade size as the SS-Sturmbrigade Dirlewanger. The brigade took part in the brutal supression of the Warsaw uprising in 1944, and in February of 1945, was formed into the 36.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der ss.

Organization


General Composition
Stab
SS-Regiment 1
  I.Bataillon
  II.Bataillon
  III.Bataillon
SS Regiment 2
  I.Bataillon
  II.Bataillon
  III.Bataillon
Artillery-Abteilung
Füsilier-Kompanie
Pioneer-Kompanie
Nachrichtren-Kompanie

Commanders


Oskar Dirlewanger