Schutzmannschaft Front Bataillon 36 Arensburg

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Schutzmannschaft Front Bataillon 36 Arensburg
36. Kaitse Rindepataljon
Active November 23, 1941 – January 18, 1943
Country  Nazi Germany
Branch Estonian Auxiliary Police
Type battalion
Role Schutzmannschaft
Size 600
Patron SS-Oberführer Hinrich Möller
Engagements Battle of Stalingrad
SS-Sturmbannführer Julius Reinter
SS-Untersturmführer Harald Riipalu

Schutzmannschaft Front Bataillon 36 Arensburg, 36. Kaitse Rindepataljon or the 36th Estonian Police Battalion was an Estonian unit that served in World War II under command of Schutzstaffel. The battalion was established on November 23, 1941. It participated at Anti-partisan operations in Belarus and guarded the prisoner-of-war camps in the coal mines of Stalino and Makeyevka.[1][2] From November 22 to December 31 the battalion took part of the Battle of Stalingrad under the command of Harald Riipalu.[2]


  1. ^ Massimo Arico, Ordnungspolizei - Encyclopedia of the German police battalions September 1939 - July 1942, p. 144-145.
  2. ^ a b Aivar Niglas, Toomas Hiio (2006). "Estonian defence battalions / police battalions". In Toomas Hiio, Meelis Maripuu, & Indrek Paavle. Estonia 1940–1945: Reports of the Estonian International Commission for the Investigation of Crimes Against Humanity. Tallinn. pp. 825–876.