List of Waffen-SS divisions

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All divisions in the Waffen-SS were ordered in a single series of numbers as formed, regardless of type.[1] Those tagged with nationalities were at least nominally recruited from those nationalities. Many of the higher-numbered units were small battlegroups (Kampfgruppen), i.e., divisions in name only.

As a general rule, an "SS Division" was made up of Germans or other Germanic peoples, while a "Division of the SS" was made up of non-Germanic volunteers.[citation needed]

Waffen-SS divisions by number

Number Division name Ethnic origin Last commander Years active Divisional insignia Maximum manpower
1st "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" German SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Otto Kumm 1933–1945 1. SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler.svg 10,796 (1941)[1]
2nd "Das Reich" German SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz 1939–1945 SS-Panzer-Division symbol.svg 19,021 (1941)[1]
3rd "Totenkopf" German SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hellmuth Becker 1939–1945 3rd SS Division Logo.svg 18,754 (1941)[1]
4th "Polizei" German SS-Oberführer Walter Harzer 1940–1945 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division.svg 17,347 (1941)[1]
5th "Wiking" Volunteers from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands and Flanders SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich 1940–1945 5th SS Division Logo.svg 19,377 (1941)[1]
6th "Nord" German SS-Standartenführer Franz Schreiber 1941–1945 6th SS Division Logo.svg 10,573 (1941)[1]
7th "Prinz Eugen" Ethnic German volunteers from the Banat, the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Schmidthuber 1942–1945 7th SS Division Logo.svg 21,120 (1943)
8th "Florian Geyer" German and ethnic Germans from Siebenbürgen (Transylvania) and Banat (Serbia). SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Joachim Rumohr 1941–1945 8th SS Division Logo.svg 13,000 (1944)
9th "Hohenstaufen" German SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Sylvester Stadler 1943–1945 9th SS Division Logo.svg 19,611 (1943)
10th "Frundsberg" German SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Roestel 1943–1945 10th SS Divsion Logo.svg 19,313 (1943)
11th "Nordland" Primarily Nordic volunteers SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Gustav Krukenberg 1943–1945 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division „Nordland“.svg 11,749 (1943)
12th "Hitlerjugend" Germany SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hugo Kraas 1943–1945 12th SS Division Logo.svg 21,482 (1943)
13th "Handschar" Bosniaks (then Croats), Croats, Ethnic Germans from Croatia SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Desiderius Hampel 1943–1945 25px 21,065 (1943)
14th "Galizien" Ukrainians from Galicia General (UNA) Pavlo Shandruk 1944–1945 14. SS-Freiwilligen-Infanterie-Division „Galizien”.svg 22,000 (1944)
15th 1st Latvian Latvians SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Karl Burk 1942–1945 15divss.svg 20,291 (1943)
16th "Reichsführer-SS" German SS-Oberführer Otto Baum 1943–1945 16th SS Division Logo.svg 14,223 (1943)
17th "Götz von Berlichingen" German, Romanian Germans and French volunteers SS-Oberführer Georg Bochmann 1943–1945 17th SS Division Logo.svg 18,354 (1944)
18th "Horst Wessel" Ethnic Germans from Hungary SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Petersen 1944–1945 18th SS Division Logo.svg 11,000 (1944)
19th 2nd Latvian Latvians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Bruno Streckenbach 1944–1945 19th SS Division Logo.svg 20,592 (1944)
20th 1st Estonian Estonians SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Berthold Maack 1944–1945 20th SS Division Logo.svg 15,382 (1944)
21st "Skanderbeg" Albanians SS-Oberführer August Schmidthuber 1944–1945 21st SS Division Logo.svg 6,156 (1944)
22nd "Maria Theresia" Ethnic Germans from Hungary SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Zehender 1944–1945 22nd SS Division Logo.svg 8,000 (1944)
23rd "Kama" Croats SS-Oberführer Gustav Lombard 1944 23rd SS Division Logo.svg 2,199 (1944)
23rd "Nederland" Dutch SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Jürgen Wagner 1945 23adivss.gif 6,000 (1944)
24th "Karstjäger" ethnic German volunteers from Italy and Slovenia SS-Oberführer Adolf Wagner 1944–1945 24th SS Division Logo.svg 3,000 (1944)
25th "Hunyadi" (1st Hungarian) Hungarians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Josef Grassy 1944–1945 25th SS Division Logo.svg 15,000 (1944)
26th "Hungaria" (2nd Hungarian) Hungarians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Josef Grassy 1944–1945 26th SS Division Logo.svg 13,000 (1944)
27th "Langemarck" Flemish SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller 1944–1945 27. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division „Langemarck“ (1. flämische).svg 7,000 (1944)
28th "Wallonien" Wallonia SS-Standartenführer Léon Degrelle 1944–1945 28. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division, „Wallonien”.svg 4,000 (1944)
29th "RONA"
aka Kaminski Brigade
Russian SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Christoph Diehm 1944 Ronav.png 15,000 (1943)
29th "Italia" Italians SS-Oberführer Erwin Tzschoppe 1945 29. Waffen-SS-Grenadier-Division („Italia“).svg 15,000 (1944)
30th "Russische Nr. 2" Belarusian SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Siegling 1944–1945 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS.svg 11.600 (1944)
30th "Weißruthenische Nr. 1"
formed from "Russische Nr. 2"
Belarusian SS-Standartenführer Hans Siegling 1945 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS.svg 4,400 (1944)
31st 31st SS Volunteer Grenadier Division "Batschka" Hungary SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Gustav Lombard 1944–1945 31divss.gif 11,000 {1944}
32nd "30. Januar" German SS-Standartenführer Hans Kempin 1945 32divss.gif
33rd "Ungarische Nr. 3"
became part of "Hungaria"
Hungary SS-Oberführer László Deák 1945
33rd "Charlemagne" France SS-Standartenführer Walter Zimmermann 1945 33. SS-Waffen-Grenadier-Division „Charlemagne”.svg 11,000 (1944)
34th "Landstorm Nederland" Netherlands SS-Oberführer Martin Kohlroser 1945 34th SS Division Logo.svg
35th SS and Police Grenadier Division German Oberst Rüdiger Pipkorn 1945 35divss.svg
36th "Dirlewanger" Mixed SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Fritz Schmedes 1945 36divss.gif 4000 (1945)
37th "Lützow" Hungary SS-Standartenführer Karl Gesele 1945 Symbol of the 37. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Division.svg
38th "Nibelungen" German SS-Standartenführer Martin Stange 1945 38divss.gif 6000

Also:

Number Division Origin Last commander Operational Symbol Maximum manpower
Panzer Division Kempf
a temporary unit of mixed Heer and SS-Verfügungstruppe components
German 1939 164-180 tanks
1st 1st Cossack Cavalry Division Russian Helmuth von Pannwitz 1943–1945 1st Cossacks Division.svg 17,500

See also

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 George H. Stein (1984). "Operation Barbarossa". The Waffen SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War, 1939-1945. Cornell University Press. pp. 119–120. ISBN 0801492750.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>