List of Waffen-SS division commanders

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This is a list of Waffen-SS division commanders.

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1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Josef Dietrich 15 August 1938 – 7 April 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Theodor Wisch 7 April 1943 – 20 August 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Mohnke 20 August 1944 – 6 February 1945
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Kumm 6 February 1945 – 8 May 1945

2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Oberst-Gruppenführer Paul Hausser 19 October 1939 – 14 October 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Wilhelm Bittrich 14 October 1941 – 31 December 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Matthias Kleinheisterkamp 31 December 1941 – 19 April 1942
SS-Obergruppenführer Georg Keppler 19 April 1942 – 10 February 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Herbert-Ernst Vahl 10 February 1943 – 18 March 1943
SS-Oberführer Kurt Brasack 18 March 1943 – 29 March 1943
SS-Obergruppenführer Walter Krüger 29 March 1943 – 23 October 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding 23 October 1943 – 24 July 1944
SS-Standartenführer Christian Tychsen 24 July 1944 – 28 July 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Baum 28 July 1944 – 23 October 1944
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding 23 October 1944 – 20 January 1945
SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz 20 January 1945 – 29 January 1945
SS-Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff 20 January 1945 – 9 March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Rudolf Lehmann 9 March 1945 – 13 April 1945
SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz 13 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

3rd SS Division Totenkopf[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke 1 November 1939 – 7 July 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Matthias Kleinheisterkamp 7 July 1941 – 18 July 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Georg Keppler 18 July 1941 – 19 September 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Theodor Eicke 19 September 1941 – 26 February 1943
SS-Obergruppenführer Hermann Priess 26 February 1943 – 27 April 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding 27 April 1943 – 15 May 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Max Simon 15 May 1943 – 22 October 1943
SS-Obergruppenführer Hermann Priess 22 October 1943 – 21 June 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Hellmuth Becker 21 June 1944 – 8 May 1945

4th SS Polizei Division[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Gruppenführer Konrad Hitschler 1 September 1940 – 8 September 1940
SS-Gruppenführer Karl Pfeffer-Wildenbruch 8 September 1940 – 10 November 1940
SS-Gruppenführer Arthur Mülverstedt 10 November 1940 – 10 August 1941
SS-Gruppenführer Emil Höring 16 August 1941 – 18 August 1941
SS-Brigadeführer Walter Krüger 18 August 1941 – 15 December 1941
SS-Standartenführer Alfred Wünnenberg 15 December 1941 – 14 May 1942
SS-Oberführer Alfred Borchert 15 May 1942 – 18 July 1942
SS-Brigadeführer Alfred Wünnenberg 19 July 1942 – 10 June 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Schmedes 10 June 1943 – 5 July 1943
SS-Standartenführer Otto Binge 5 July 1943 – 18 August 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Freitag 18 August 1943 – 20 October 1943
SS-Oberführer Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock 20 October 1943 – 19 April 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Wagner 19 April 1944 – ? May 1944
SS-Oberführer Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock ? May 1944 – 7 May 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Herbert-Ernst Vahl 7 May 1944 – 22 July 1944
SS-Standartenführer Karl Schümers 22 July 1944 – 16 August 1944
SS-Oberführer Helmut Dörner 16 August 1944 – 22 August 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Schmedes 22 August 1944 – 27 November 1944
SS-Standartenführer Walter Harzer 27 November 1944 – 1 March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Fritz Göhler 1 March 1945 – ? March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Walter Harzer ? March 1945 – 8 May 1945

5th SS Panzer Division Wiking[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner 1 December 1940 – 1 May 1943
SS-Obergruppenführer Herbert Gille 1 May 1943 – 6 August 1944
SS-Oberführer Eduard Deisenhofer 20 July 1944 – 11 August 1944
SS-Standartenführer Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp 11 August 1944 – 9 October 1944
SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich 9 October 1944 – 5 May 1945

6th SS Mountain Division Nord[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Richard Herrmann 28 February 1941 – 25 May 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Karl Maria Demelhuber 25 May 1941 – 21 September 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Georg Keppler 21 September 1941 - ?? October 1941
SS-Obergruppenführer Karl Maria Demelhuber ?? October 1941 - 21 April 1942
SS-Obergruppenführer Matthias Kleinheisterkamp 21 April 1942 - ?? April 1942
SS-Oberführer Hans Scheider 21 April 1942 – 15 June 1942
SS-Obergruppenführer Matthias Kleinheisterkamp 15 June 1942 – 15 December 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Lothar Debes 15 December 1943 – 20 May 1944
SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich-Wilhelm Krüger 20 May 1944 – 20 August 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Lombard 20 August 1944 – 1 September 1944
SS-Gruppenführer Karl-Heinrich Brenner 1 September 1944 – 2 April 1945
SS-Standartenführer Franz Schreiber 2 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

7th SS Volunteer Mountain Division Prinz Eugen[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Gruppenführer Artur Phleps 30 January 1942 – 15 May 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Karl von Oberkamp 15 May 1943 – 30 January 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Kumm 30 January 1944 – 20 January 1945
SS-Brigadeführer August Schmidhuber 20 January 1945 – 8 May 1945

8th SS Cavalry Division Florian Geyer[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Lombard ?? March 1942 - ?? April 1942
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein ?? April 1942 - ?? August 1942
SS-Obergruppenführer Wilhelm Bittrich ?? August 1942 - 15 February 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Freitag 15 February 1943 – 20 April 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Lombard 20 April 1943 – 14 May 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein 14 May 1943 – 13 September 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Bruno Streckenbach 13 September 1943 – 22 October 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Hermann Fegelein 22 October 1943 – 1 January 1944
SS-Gruppenführer Bruno Streckenbach 1 January 1944 – 14 April 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Lombard 14 April 1944 – 1 July 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Joachim Rumohr 1 July 1944 – 11 February 1945

9th SS Panzer Division Hohenstaufen[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Obergruppenführer Wilhelm Bittrich 15 February 1943 – 29 June 1944
SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller 29 June 1944 – 10 July 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Sylvester Stadler 10 July 1944 – 31 July 1944
SS-Oberführer Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock 31 July 1944 – 29 August 1944
SS-Oberführer Walter Harzer 29 August 1944 – 10 October 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Sylvester Stadler 10 October 1944 – 8 May 1945

10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Michael Lippert ?? March 1943 - 15 February 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Lothar Debes 15 February 1943 – 15 November 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Karl Fischer von Treuenfeld 15 November 1943 – 27 April 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Heinz Harmel 27 April 1944 – 28 April 1945
SS-Obersturmbannführer Erwin Franz Roestel 28 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Franz Augsberger 22 March 1943 – 1 May 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Fritz von Scholz 1 May 1943 – 27 July 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Joachim Ziegler 27 July 1944 – 25 April 1945
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Krukenberg 25 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Witt 31 July 1943 – 14 June 1944
SS-Standartenführer Kurt Meyer 14 June 1944 – 6 September 1944
SS-Obersturmbannführer Hubert Meyer 6 September 1944 – 24 October 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Kraemer 24 October 1944 – 13 November 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Hugo Kraas 13 November 1944 – 8 May 1945

13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Handschar (1st Croatian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS Gruppenführer Artur Phleps 13 February 1943 – 9 March 1943
SS-Standartenführer der Reserve Herbert von Obwurzer 9 March 1943 – 1 August 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Karl-Gustav Sauberzweig 1 August 1943 – 1 June 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Desiderius Hampel 1 June 1944 – 12 May 1945

14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Galicia (1st Ukrainian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Gruppenführer Walter Schimana 30 June 1943 – 20 November 1943
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Freitag 20 November 1943 – 22 April 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Freitag 5 September 1944 – 24 April 1945

15th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Latvian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Peter Hansen 25 February 1943 – 1 May 1943
SS-Gruppenführer Carl Graf von Pückler-Burghauss 1 May 1943 – 17 February 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Nikolaus Heilmann 17 February 1944 – 21 July 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Herbert von Obwurzer 21 July 1944 – 26 January 1945
SS-Oberführer Eduard Deisenhofer 26 January 1945 - ??/??/????
SS-Oberführer Adolf Ax 26 January 1945 – 15 February 1945
SS-Brigadeführer Karl Burk 15 February 1945 – 2 May 1945

16th SS Panzergrenadier Division Reichsführer-SS[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Gruppenführer Max Simon 3 October 1943 – 24 October 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Baum 24 October 1944 – 8 May 1945

17th SS Panzergrenadier Division Götz von Berlichingen[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Otto Binge 3 October 1943 - ? January 1944
SS-Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff ? January 1944 - 15 June 1944
SS-Standartenführer Otto Binge 16 June 1944 – 18 June 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Otto Baum 18 June 1944 – 1 August 1944
SS-Standartenführer Otto Binge 1 August 1944 – 29 August 1944
SS-Oberführer Eduard Deisenhofer 30 August 1944 – 30 September 1944
SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller 30 September 1944 - ? September 1944
SS-Standartenführer Gustav Mertsch ? September 1944 - ? October 1944
SS-Gruppenführer Werner Ostendorff 21 October 1944 – 15 November 1944
SS-Standartenführer Hans Lingner 15 November 1944 – 9 January 1945
SS-Standartenführer Gerhard Lindner 9 January 1945 – 21 January 1945
SS-Standartenführer Fritz Klingenberg 21 January 1945 – 22 March 1945
SS-Obersturmbannführer Vinzenz Kaiser 22 March 1945 – 24 March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Jacob Fick 24 March 1945 – 27 March 1945
SS-Oberführer Georg Bochmann 27 March 1945 – 8 May 1945

18th SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Horst Wessel[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Wilhelm Trabandt 25 January 1944 – 3 January 1945
SS-Gruppenführer Josef Fitzthum 3 January 1945 – 10 January 1945
SS-Oberführer Georg Bochmann 10 January 1945 – ?? March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Petersen ?? March 1945 – 8 May 1945

19th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Latvian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Oberführer Friedrich-Wilhelm Bock 15 March 1944 – 13 April 1944
SS-Gruppenführer Bruno Streckenbach 13 April 1944 – 8 May 1945

20th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Estonian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Franz Augsberger ?? January 1944 - 19 March 1945
SS-Brigadeführer Berthold Maack 20 March 1945 – 8 May 1945

21st Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Skanderbeg (1st Albanian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer August Schmidhuber 1 May 1944 – 20 January 1945

22nd SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Maria Theresia[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer August Zehender 21 April 1944 – 11 February 1945

23rd Waffen Mountain Division of the SS Kama[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Helmuth Raithel 1 July 1944 – 31 October 1944

23rd SS Volunteer Panzer Grenadier Division Nederland[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Sturmbannführer Herbert Garthe ? November 1941 - ? February 1942
SS-Oberführer Otto Reich ? February 1942 - 1 April 1942
SS-Obersturmbannführer Arved Theuermann 1 April 1942 - ? July 1942
SS-Standartenführer Josef Fitzthum ? July 1942 - 20 April 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Wagner 20 April 1944 – 8 May 1945

24th Waffen Gebirgs Division der SS[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Obersturmbannführer Karl Marx 1 August 1944 – 5 December 1944
SS-Sturmbannführer Werner Hahn 5 December 1944 – 10 February 1945
SS-Oberführer Adolf Wagner 10 February 1945 – 8 May 1945

25th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Hunyadi (1st Hungarian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller 2 November 1944 - 27 November 1944
SS-Gruppenführer József Grassy 27 November 1944 – 8 May 1945

26th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Hungarian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Rolf Tiemann ? November 1944 ? November 1944
SS-Oberführer Zoltan Pisky ? November 1944 - 23 January 1945
SS-Oberführer László Deák 23 January 1945 – 29 January 1945
SS-Brigadeführer Berthold Maack 29 January 1945 – 21 March 1945
SS-Gruppenführer Jozsef Grassy 21 March 1945 – 8 May 1945

27th SS Volunteer Division Langemarck[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Sturmbannführer Michael Lippert 24 September 1941 – 2 April 1942
SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Albert von Lettow-Vorbeck 2 April 1942 - ? June 1942
SS-Hauptsturmführer Hallmann ? June 1942 - 20 June 1942
SS-Obersturmbannführer Josef Fitzthum 20 June 1942 – 11 July 1942
SS-Sturmbannführer Conrad Schellong 11 July 1942 – 27 November 1944
SS-Oberführer Thomas Müller 27 November 1944 – 8 May 1945

28th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Wallonien[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
Captain-Commandant Georges Jacobs ?? August 1941 - ?? January 1942
SS-Hauptmann B.E.M. Pierre Pauly ?? January 1942 - ?? March 1942
SS-Hauptmann George Tchekhoff ?? March 1942 - ?? April 1942
SS-Sturmbannführer Lucien Lippert ?? April 1942 - 13 February 1944
SS-Oberführer Karl Burk 13 February 1944 – 30 January 1945
SS-Obersturmbannführer Léon Degrelle 30 January 1945 – 8 May 1945

29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS RONA (1st Russian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
??? ??? Konstantin Voskoboinik ? October 1941 - ? January 1942
SS-Brigadeführer Bronislav Kaminski 17 June 1944 – 19 August 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Christoph Diehm 19 August 1944 - ? August 1944

29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Italian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Peter Hansen 13 November 1943 – ?? March 1944
SS-Obergruppenführer Karl Wolff ?? March 1944 – ?? September 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Pietro Mannelli ?? September 1944 – ?? September 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Peter Hansen ?? September 1944 – ?? October 1944
SS-Standartenführer Gustav Lombard ?? October 1944 – 9 November 1944
SS-Standartenführer Constantin Heldmann 9 November 1944 – ?? January 1945
SS-Oberführer Ernst Tzschoppe ?? January 1945 – 8 May 1945

30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (2nd Russian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Hans Siegling 18 August 1944 – 31 December 1944

30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS (1st Belarussian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
?? ?? ?? Rasdastu Astrouski 28 June 1944 – 8 May 1945

31st SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Batschka[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Lombard 1 October 1944 – 8 May 1945

32nd SS Volunteer Grenadier Division 30 January[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Johannes-Rudolf Mühlenkamp 30 January 1945 – 5 February 1945
SS-Standartenführer Joachim Richter 5 February 1945 - 17 February 1945
SS-Oberführer Adolf Ax 17 February 1945 - 15 March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Hans Kempin 15 March 1945 – 8 May 1945

33rd Waffen Cavalry Division of the SS (3rd Hungarian)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
???? ???? ??? ?? December 1944 - 8 May 1945

33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French)[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
(LVF) Roger Labonne ?? August 1941 - 31 March 1942
Major's LaCroix/Demessine 1 April 1942 – 31 May 1943
SS-Oberführer Edgar Puaud 1 June 1943 - ?? August 1943
SS-Obersturmbannführer Paul Gamory-Dubourdeau ?? August 1943 - 31 July 1944
SS-Hauptsturmführer Erich Kostenbader 1 August 1944 - ?? August 1944
SS-Brigadeführer Edgar Puaud September 1944 - 28 February 1945
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Krukenberg 28 February 1945 – 25 April 1945
SS-Standartenführer Walter Zimmermann 25 April 1945 – 8 May 1945

34th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Oberführer Viktor Knapp 11 May 1943 – 1 April 1944
SS-Obersturmbannführer Deurheit 1 April 1944 – 5 November 1944
SS-Standartenführer Martin Kohlroser 5 November 1944 – 8 May 1945

35th SS and Police Grenadier Division[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Standartenführer Ruediger Pipkorn 18 March 1945 – 8 May 1945

36th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Oberführer der Reserve Oskar Dirlewanger 15 June 1940 - ? April 1945
SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Schmedes ? April 1945 - 8 May 1945

37th SS Volunteer Cavalry Division Lützow[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Oberführer Waldemar Fegelein ?? February 1945 - ?? March 1945
SS-Standartenführer Karl Gesele ?? March 1945 - 8 May 1945

38th SS Division Nibelungen[edit]

SS-Commanders

Rank Name Service Period
SS-Obersturmbannführer Richard Schulze-Kossens ?? March 1945 - 12 April 1945
SS-Standartenführer Martin Stange 12 April 1945 - 8 May 1945
SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding also assigned as commanders, but never took up the post
SS-Obergruppenführer Karl von Oberkamp also assigned as commanders, but never took up the post

References[edit]

  • Waffen-SS Commanders by Mark C. Yerger
  • Waffen-SS Divisions 1939-45 by Chris Bishop