Estonian Regiment "Reval"

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Estonian Regiment "Reval"
Active February 1944 – 8 May 1945
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Flag Schutzstaffel.svg Waffen SS
Type Infantry
Role Defending territory of Estonia
Size Regiment
Engagements

World War II

Disbanded 8 May 1945
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Maj. Rubach

Estonian Regiment "Reval" (Estonian: Eesti rügement "Tallinn") was formed in the early spring of 1944. The regiment comprised only Estonians, and had three battalions. The regiment was led by Major Rubach, helped by Lt. Noorkukk. The regiment's first name was supposed to be Narwa, but that name was already used by another Estonian battalion.

The regiment's first battalion mostly comprised Viljandi County men led by Captain Purre. The second battalion was made up by Pärnu County men led by Captain Möldre. The third battalion was made up of Tallinn and Tartu County men led by Lt. Parts.

The regiment was sent to the Narva front on February 13, 1944. The regiment was sent without adequate training or equipment (particularly machine guns) and suffered heavy losses, as there were many casualties to Soviet cannon fire and air force.

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