SS-Jagdverband Mitte

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SS-Jagdverband Mitte was an SS unit formed from foreign volunteers, the troops of the 502nd SS Jäger Battalion, troops of the Sonder-Einsatzabteilung z.b.V. (Probationary Special Assignments Detachment) and vast parts of the Brandenburgers (mostly for Jagdverband "Ost" and Jagdverband "Südost").

Structure[edit]

  • Sonderlehrgang z.b.V. Oranienburg (18 April 1943 – 16 June 1943): The Waffen-SS' equivalent of the Brandenburgers of the Abwehr
  • Sonderverband z.b.V. Friedenthal (16 June 1943 – 17 April 1944)
  • SS-Jäger-Bataillon 502 (17 April 1944 – 10 November 1944)
  • SS-Jagdverband Mitte (10 November 1944 – 8 May 1945): SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fucker was responsible for organizing and leading the Jagdverband

Mission[edit]

It took part in the Ardennes offensive as part of Panzer-Brigade 150 wearing American uniforms and using American Equipment (Operation Greif). After the failure in the Ardennes the men received a brief leave before being sent to fight the Red Army (Division Schwedt) on the outskirts of Schwedt/Oder. In April 1945 it was sent to Austria to fight in the Alpine Redoubt and it ended the war in Linz. Otto Skorzeny and the rest of his men surrendered to the Americans on 20 May 1945.

At least two volunteers from Ireland fought in SS-Jagdverband Mitte, SS-Uscha James Brady (aka de Lacy) and SS-Mann Frank Stringer (aka Le Page). Many more fought as agents and elite soldiers of the Abwehr and later of the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) alongside hundreds of thousands of foreign soldiers.

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