WIKING RUF Europäische Freiwilligen in der Waffen-SS

 

 

 

"Der Krieg an sich ist nichts, er bindet nicht und er löst nicht.
Erst die Probleme, die er aufwirt, machen ihn zum Schicksal".

 

War itself means nothing, it does not create bonds nor does it loosen them.
It is the problems which it throws up which make it fateful".

 

E.W. Möller, Kriegsberichter 'Wiking'

 

Order of Battle 1940-45

 

Nordische Division (Nr.5)
SS-Division (mot.) Germania (Nov 1940 - Jan 1941)
SS-Division Wiking (Jan 1941 - Nov 1942)
SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Wiking (Nov 1942 - Oct 1943)
5.SS-Panzer-Division Wiking (Oct 1943 - May 1945)

Commanders

 

Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner, (12.01.40 - 5.01.43)
Obergruppenführer Herbert Gille, (5.01.43 - 8.06.44)
Oberführer Edmund Deisenhofer, (8.06.44 - 20.7.44)
Standartenführer Rudulf Mühlenkamp, (20.7.44 - 10.09.44)
Oberführer Karl Ullrich, (10.09.44 - 5.05.45)

 

Chief of Staff (Ia)

SS-Sturmbannführer Günther Ecke (? Mar 1941 - 7 Sep 1941)
SS-Haupsturmführer Erwin H. Reichel (? Sep 1941 - ? 1942)
SS-Sturmbannführer Manfred Schönfelder (? 1942 - 1 July 1944)
SS-Sturmbannführer Richard Pauly (1 Aug 1944 - ? Aug 1944)
Major Kleine (? Aug 1944 - ?)
Major Braun (? 1945 - ? 1945)
SS-Sturmbannführer Willi Klose (? 1945 - ? 1945)

 

Quartermaster (Ic)

SS-Hauptsturmführer Erwin H. Reichel (? Mar 1941 - ? Sep 1941)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Hans Sporn (? 1941 - ? 1941)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Kille (? 1941 - ? 1941)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Wilhelm Büthe (? 1941 - ? 1942)
SS-Sturmbannführer Manfred Schönfelder (? 1942 - ? 1942)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Wilhelm Büthe (? 1942 - ? 1943)
SS-Sturmbannführer Hans Scharff (? 1943 - ? 1944)
SS-Obersturmführer Manfred Schönfelder (1 July 1944 - ? July 1944)
SS-Obersturmführer Dr. Heinz Fischer (1 Aug 1944 - 1 Mar 1945)
SS-Sturmbannführer Franz Meyer (? Mar 1945 - ? May 1945)

 

 

Divisional Headquarters
- Divisional Staff (32 Officers, 143 NCOs and enlisted)

Divisional Commander
- Maps and the divisional war diary, liaison with neighboring units, and structuring component units of the division.

Ia (1st General Staff Officer)
- The Chief of Operations, dealt with all areas of the command and tactical control of the units of the division, as well as areas of leadership, training, transport, housing, air-raid protection, evaluation, presentation of combat options to the commander, and also stood in as the commander when the commander himself was not available.


Ib (2nd General Staff Officer) (Supply and Administration)
- Directed the supply and workshop units of the division, field police, provost marshal and field post office units.

O2 (1st Assistant Adjutant)
- Assisted the Ib and handled the organization of all back line services.

Ib/WuG (Waffen und Geräte - Weapons and Equipment).
- Responsible for replacement, repair, supply, and maintenance of ammunition, weapons and non-specialized equipment.

Ib/Kfz (Divisional Engineer).
- Provided for replacement and supply of motor vehicles, spare parts, tires, fuel, etc. as well as traffic control, the workshop companies, fuel points and columns.

Ic (3rd General Staff Officer).
- Intelligence. Responsible for interrogation of POWs, radio intercept work, etc.

O3 (3rd Assistant Adjutant).
- Assisted the Ic, oversaw map unit and interpreters at division HQ.

Id (Training)

IIa (Adjutant)
- Handled administration such as loss and casualty reports, rosters, etc. as well as administration relating to officers - replacements, promotions, decorations, leaves, punishment.

IIb (Division Assistant Adjutant)
- Handled administrative matters described above regarding the NCOs and men and oversaw the divisional orderly room.

III (Chief of Feldjustizamt - legal branch)
- In charge of divisional courts-martial, civilian relations, legal matters.

IVa (Head of Intendantur).
- Supplies, clothing, medical, dental, pay matters, canteens, housekeeping needs, etc.

IVb (Divisional Surgeon)
- Commanded the medical services simultaneous with this position, responsible for sanitation and hygiene, movement and treatment of sick and injured soldiers, procurement and maintenance of medical equipment.

IVz (Divisional Paymaster)

IVe (Chief Chaplain)
- While regular divisions had 2 chaplains (one Catholic, one Protestant)


Map Section
- Eight men charged with reproducing maps, overprinting captured maps, shot diagrams for the divisional artillery, etc. (Under O3, Divisions Assistant Nachrichten Officer)

Headquarters Company (under Division's O4)
A 219-man Divisional Escort Company (Begleit Kompanie) was added to Divisional headquarters, this unit was intended to guard divisional headquarters, serve as a mobile reserve, and was in essence a small battle group suited to all operational circumstances. It included, according to varying sources, some or all of the following elements:

- Rifle Platoon;
- Motorcycle Platoon;
- Heavy Machinegun/Mortar Platoon;
- Infantry Platoon;
- Heavy Anti-Tank Platoon;
- Self-Propelled Flak Platoon;
- Mixed Anti-Tank (Panzerjäger) Platoon.

Feldgendarmerie (Military Police)
Military Police Troop - Numbering one platoon of men, the Military Police detachment (recruited like the rest of the Army's MPs from civilian police) were equipped with light cars and motorcycles. Almost all military policemen not holding officer rank were NCOs (Unteroffizier or higher) excepting some drivers, in order to provide authority for their duties - including maintenance of discipline, but most importantly collection of prisoners and traffic control duties.

Kriegsberichter (War Correspondent Platoon)
Responsible for recruitment and propaganda literature, news reals, pictures and filming.

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Order of Battle and organization in 1940-45

 

SS-Division (mot.) Germania
November 1940 - January 1941

Stab
SS-Regiment Germania
SS-Regiment Nordland
SS-Regiment Westland
SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5
SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
1. und 2.Sanitärs-Kompanie
1-3.Werkstatt-Kompanie

SS-Division (mot.) Wiking
January 1941 - 9 November 1942

Divisionsstab
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Nordland
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Westland
SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5
SS-Artillerie-Meßbatterie
SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
SS-FlaK-M.G.-Bataillon
Nachschub-Dienste
Sanitäts-Dienste
Ordnungsdienste

 

5.SS-Panzer Grenadier Division Wiking

9 November 1942 - October 1943

 

Divisionsstab

SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug

SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trupp

 

SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment Germania

-          I./SS- Pz.Gren.Btl

    1.-3.Kompanie

            4.(schwere) Kompanie

-          II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            5.-7.Kompanie

            8.(schwere) Kompanie

-           III.(gep.)/SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

           9.-11.Kompanie           

           12.(schwere) Kompanie

 

SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment Westland

    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            1.-3.Kompanie

            4.(schwere) Kompanie

    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            5.-7.Kompanie

            8.(schwere) Kompanie

    - III./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            9.-11.Kompanie

            12.(schwere) Kompanie

 

SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment Nordland

18.3.1943 transferred to 11.SS-Pz.Gren.Division Nordland

 

    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            1.-3.Kompanie

            4.(schwere) Kompanie

    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            5.-7.Kompanie

            8.(schwere) Kompanie

    - III.(Finn.)/SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

        Detached on 11.7.1943 and finally disbanded

              9.-11.Kompanie

            12.(schwere) Kompanie

 

SS-Sturmbrigade ‘Wallonien’

Attached on 1943 and detached in 1944

 

SS-Panzer Regiment 5

    - I./SS-Pz.Abteilung

            Stabs Kompanie

            1.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. II

            2.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. III

            3.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. III

            4.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. IV

 

SS-Panzerjäger Abteilung 5

            Stabs Kompanie

            1.-4.Kompanie

 

SS-StuG Abteilung 5 (planned)

            Stabs Kompanie

            1.-4.Kompanie

 

SS-Panzer Artillerie Regiment 5

-    I./SS-Pz.Art.Abt. 5

1.-4.Batterie

-    II./SS-Pz.Art. Abt. 5

            5.-8. Batterie

-    III./SS-Pz.Art. Abt. 5

9.-12. Batterie          

-    IV./SS-Pz.Art. Abt. 5

13.-16. Batterie          

 

SS-FlaK Abteilung 5

            Stabs Batterie

            1.-4.Batterie

 

SS-Werfer Abteilung 5

            Stabs Batterie

            1.-4.Batterie

 

SS-Panzer Nachrichten Abteilung 5

            Stabs Kompanie

            1.-2.Kompanie

 

SS-Panzer Aufklarungs Abteilung 5

            Stabs Kompanie 

            1.-4.Kompanie

 

SS-Panzer Pionier Batallion 5

            Stabs Kompanie

           1.-4.Kompanie

 

SS-Instandsetzungs Abteilung 5

            2 Werkstatt Kompanien           

            3 kleine Nachschub Kompanie

            1 Kraftfahr Kompanie

 

SS-Wirtschafts Batallion 5

            1 Verwaltungs Kompanie

 

SS-Sanitäts Abteilung 5

            1 Sanitäts Kompanie

            1 Krankenfrafwagen Kompanie

             Feldlazerett 5

 

SS-Ausbildungs und Ersatz Batallion 5

            1-5.Kompanie

5.SS-Panzer Division Wiking

October 1943 - May 1945

 

Divisionsstab

SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug 5

SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trupp 5

 

SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 9 Germania

    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            1.-3.Kompanie

            4.(schwere) Kompanie

    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            5.-7.Kompanie

            8.(schwere) Kompanie

    - III.(gep.)/SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            9.-11.Kompanie

            12.(schwere) Kompanie

 

SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 10 Westland

    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            1.-3.Kompanie

            4.(schwere) Kompanie

    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl

            5.-7.Kompanie

            8.(schwere) Kompanie

    - III./Estnischen SS-Pz.Gren.Btl Narwa

Attached on 23.3.1943 and detached in March 1944 when it returned to Estonia and was reformed into SS-Füsilier Batallion 20 of the forming 20. Estnische SS-Freiwilligen-Division.

            9.-11.Kompanie

            12.(schwere) Kompanie

 

SS-Sturmbrigade ‘Wallonien’

Detached in 1944

 

I./SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge"

As of 16.11.1944 attached to the division, original a part of the 11.SS-Pz.Gren.Division Nordland

            1.-3.Kompanie

            4.(schwere) Kompanie

 

I./SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 24 "Danmark" As of 16.11.1944 attached to the division, original a part of the 11.SS-Pz.Gren.Division Nordland

            1.-3.Kompanie

            4.(schwere) Kompanie

 

SS-Panzer Regiment 5

    - I./SS-Pz.Abteilung 5

            1.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. IV]

            2.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. IV]

            3.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. IV]

            4.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. IV]

 

    - II./SS-Pz.Abteilung 5

            1.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]

            2.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]

            3.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]

            4.Kompanie - [17x Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]

 

SS-Panzerjager-Abteilung 5

            1.Kompanie [StuG]

            2.Kompanie [StuG]

            3.Kompanie [14 Pak 7,5cm]

 

SS-Panzer-Aufklarungs-Abteilung 5

            1.Kompanie [Panzer Spähwagen]

            2.-4.Kompanie [KRad and VW]

            5.(schwere) Kompanie [SPW]

 

SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 5

    - I./SS-Panzer Artillerie Abteilung 5

            1.-2.Batterie - [Sf. FH 10,5cm Wespe]

            3.Batterie - [Sf. FH 15cm Hummel]

     - II./SS-Panzer Artillerie Abteilung 5

            4.-5.Batterie - [FH 15cm ]

    - III./SS-Panzer Artillerie Abteilung 5

            6.-7.Batterie - [FH 15cm]

            8.Batterie - [FKanone 10cm]

 

SS-Flak-Abteilung 5

            1.Batterie  [12x Flak 2cm]

            2.Batterie [9x Flak 3,7cm]

            3.Batterie [4x Flak 8,8cm]

 

SS-Werfer-Abteilung 5

            Stabs Batterie

            1.-4.Batterie

 

SS-Panzer-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5

            1.Kompanie [Fernsprecher]

            2.Kompanie [Funker]

 

SS-Panzer-Pionier-Batallion 5

            1.-2.Kompanie (mot.)

            3.Kompanie (gep.)

 

SS-Dina 5

 

SS-Instandsetzungs-Abteilung 5

            2 Werkstatt Kompanien           

            3 kleine Nachschub Kompanie

            1 Kraftfahr Kompanie

 

SS-Wirtschafts-Batallion 5

            1 Verwaltungs Kompanie

 

SS-Sanitats-Abteilung 5

            1 Sanitäts Kompanie

            1 Krankenfrafwagen Kompanie

            Feldlazerett 5

 

SS-Ausbildungs und Feldersatz-Batallion 5

            1.-5.Kompanie

 

 

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