List of Waffen-SS divisions

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All divisions in the Waffen-SS were ordered in a single series of numbers as formed, regardless of type.[1] Those tagged with nationalities were at least nominally recruited from those nationalities. Many of the higher-numbered units were small battlegroups (Kampfgruppen), i.e., divisions in name only.

As a general rule, an "SS Division" was made up of Germans or other Germanic peoples, while a "Division of the SS" was made up of non-Germanic volunteers.[2]

Waffen-SS divisions by number[edit]

Number Division name Ethnic origin Last commander Years active Divisional insignia Maximum manpower
1st Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Germans SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Otto Kumm 1933–1945 1. SS-Panzer-Division Leibstandarte-SS Adolf Hitler.svg 10,796 (1941)[1]
2nd Das Reich Germans SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz 1939–1945 SS-Panzer-Division symbol.svg 19,021 (1941)[1]
3rd Totenkopf Germans SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hellmuth Becker 1939–1945 3rd SS Division Logo.svg 19,754 (1941)[1]
4th Polizei Germans SS-Oberführer Walter Harzer 1940–1945 4. SS-Polizei-Panzergrenadier-Division.svg 17,347 (1941)[1]
5th Wiking Volunteers from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands and Flanders SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich 1940–1945 5th SS Division Logo.svg 19,377 (1941)[1]
6th Nord Germans SS-Standartenführer Franz Schreiber 1941–1945 6th SS Division Logo.svg 10,573 (1941)[1]
7th Prinz Eugen Ethnic Germans from the Banat, the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Schmidthuber 1942–1945 7th SS Division Logo.svg 21,120 (1943)
8th Florian Geyer Germans and ethnic Germans from Siebenbürgen (Transylvania) and Banat (Serbia). SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Joachim Rumohr 1941–1945 8th SS Division Logo.svg 13,000 (1944)
9th Hohenstaufen Germans SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Sylvester Stadler 1943–1945 9th SS Division Logo.svg 19,611 (1943)
10th Frundsberg Germans SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Roestel 1943–1945 10th SS Divsion Logo.svg 19,313 (1943)
11th Nordland Primarily Nordic volunteers SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Gustav Krukenberg 1943–1945 11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division „Nordland“.svg 11,749 (1943)
12th Hitlerjugend Germans SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hugo Kraas 1943–1945 12th SS Division Logo.svg 21,482 (1943)
13th Handschar Bosniaks (then Croats), Croats, Ethnic Germans from Croatia SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Desiderius Hampel 1943–1945 13th SS Division Logo.svg 21,065 (1943)
14th Galizien Ukrainians from Galicia General (UNA) Pavlo Shandruk 1944–1945 14. SS-Freiwilligen-Infanterie-Division „Galizien”.svg 22,000 (1944)
15th 1st Latvian Latvians SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Karl Burk 1942–1945 15divss.svg 20,291 (1943)
16th Reichsführer-SS Germans SS-Oberführer Otto Baum 1943–1945 16th SS Division Logo.svg 14,223 (1943)
17th Götz von Berlichingen German, Romanian Germans and French volunteers SS-Oberführer Georg Bochmann 1943–1945 17th SS Division Logo.svg 18,354 (1944)
18th Horst Wessel Ethnic Germans from Hungary SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Petersen 1944–1945 18th SS Division Logo.svg 11,000 (1944)
19th 2nd Latvian Latvians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Bruno Streckenbach 1944–1945 19th SS Division Logo.svg 20,592 (1944)
20th 1st Estonian Estonians SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Berthold Maack 1944–1945 Estonian Division.jpg 15,000 (1944)
21st Skanderbeg Albanians SS-Oberführer August Schmidthuber 1944–1945 21st SS Division Logo.svg 9,156 (1944)
22nd Maria Theresia Ethnic Germans from Hungary SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Zehender 1944–1945 22nd SS Division Logo.svg 8,000 (1944)
23rd Kama Croats and Bosniaks SS-Oberführer Gustav Lombard 1944 23rd SS Division Logo.svg 2,199 (1944)
23rd Nederland Dutch SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Jürgen Wagner 1945 23adivss.gif 6,000 (1944)
24th Karstjäger ethnic German volunteers from Italy and Slovenia SS-Oberführer Adolf Wagner 1944–1945 24th SS Division Logo.svg 3,000 (1944)
25th Hunyadi (1st Hungarian) Hungarians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Josef Grassy 1944–1945 25th SS Division Logo.svg 15,000 (1944)
26th Hungaria (2nd Hungarian) Hungarians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS Josef Grassy 1944–1945 26th SS Division Logo.svg 13,000 (1944)
27th Langemarck Flemish SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller 1944–1945 27. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division „Langemarck“ (1. flämische).svg 7,000 (1944)
28th Wallonien Walloons SS-Standartenführer Léon Degrelle 1944–1945 28. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division, „Wallonien”.svg 4,000 (1944)
29th RONA
aka Kaminski Brigade
Russian-speaking citizens of USSR SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Christoph Diehm 1944 Ronav.png 15,000 (1943)
29th Italia Italians SS-Oberführer Erwin Tzschoppe 1945 29. Waffen-SS-Grenadier-Division („Italia“).svg 15,000 (1944)
30th Russische Nr. 2 Belarusians SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Siegling 1944–1945 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS.svg 11,000 (1944)
30th Weißruthenische Nr. 1
formed from Russische Nr. 2
Belarusians SS-Standartenführer Hans Siegling 1945 30th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS.svg 4,400 (1944)
31st 31st SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Batschka Volksdeutsche mostly from the Bačka SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Gustav Lombard 1944–1945 31divss.gif 11,000 {1944}
32nd 30. Januar Germans SS-Standartenführer Hans Kempin 1945 32divss.gif
33rd Ungarische Nr. 3
became part of Hungaria
Hungarians SS-Oberführer László Deák 1945
33rd Charlemagne French SS-Standartenführer Walter Zimmermann 1945 33. SS-Waffen-Grenadier-Division „Charlemagne”.svg 11,000 (1944)
34th Landstorm Nederland Dutch SS-Oberführer Martin Kohlroser 1945 34th SS Division Logo.svg
35th SS and Police Grenadier Division Germans Oberst Rüdiger Pipkorn 1945 35divss.svg
36th Dirlewanger Mixed SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Fritz Schmedes 1945 Dirlewanger Crossed Grenades symbol.svg 4,000 (1945)
37th Lützow Hungarians SS-Standartenführer Karl Gesele 1945 Symbol of the 37. SS-Freiwilligen-Kavallerie-Division.svg
38th Nibelungen Germans SS-Standartenführer Martin Stange 1945 38divss.gif 6,000

Also:

Number Division Origin Last commander Operational Symbol Maximum manpower
Panzer Division Kempf
a temporary unit of mixed Heer and SS-Verfügungstruppe components
Germans 1939 164-180 tanks
1st 1st Cossack Cavalry Division Russians Helmuth von Pannwitz 1943–1945 1st Cossacks Division.svg 17,500

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g George H. Stein (1984). "Operation Barbarossa". The Waffen SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War, 1939-1945. Cornell University Press. pp. 119–120. ISBN 0801492750. 
  2. ^ Gerwarth, Robert; Böhler, Jochen (2016). The Waffen-SS: A European History. Oxford University Press. p. 200. ISBN 9780192507822.