This infamous unit was formed originally as Wilddiebkommando Oranienburgon 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 suppression of the Warsaw uprising in 1944, and in February of 1945, was formed into the 36.Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS.