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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 18 Jan 2022 04:19

New / Updated Information

Volkssturm-Bataillon Kindlein // Volkssturm-Bataillon Proskau [Kreis Oppeln / Reichsgau Oberschlesien]

https://www.dhm.de/lemo/zeitzeugen/vikt ... n-genommen

https://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/inde ... n-proskau/

"Deutscher Volkssturm-Bataillon 21/41"

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Volkssturm-Bataillon Wunnenstein Gau 42

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 18 Jan 2022 07:16

Germanicus wrote:
13 Dec 2021 03:40
Akte 217. Anordnungen und Weisungen der Abteilung der Luftwaffe der Deutschen Arbeitsfront über die weltanschauliche Schulung der MItarbeiter, Familienheimfahrten der ausländischen Arbeitskräfte u. a. Fragen.

Befehle und Kampfanweisungen des Kommandos des deutschen Volkssturmes und der einzelnen Einheiten für die Verteidigung Berlins.

A most fascinating file with over 188 pages on original documents on one Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/607 // Kampf-Bataillon Graupmann. I have only included the documents that spell Volkssturm. Most relate to just Kampf-Bataillon Graupmann which is the Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/607.


https://wwii.germandocsinrussia.org/de/ ... ect/zoom/4
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/607 // Kampfbataillion Graupmann - Verteidigungs-Abschnitt "F".

Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/607, die ich in dem Findbuch 12463, Akte 217 des deutsch-russischen Archivs (CAMO) gefunden habe:

1) Stellenbesetzung - Stand 06.03.1945:

- Bataillons-Führer: Graupmann
Ausbildungsoffizier z.b.V. für die Panzervernichtung Leutnant Josef Brettschneider (ab mind. 15.04.1945 Btl.-Fhr.)
- Bataillons-Adjudant: Claus
- Kompanie-Führer der 1. Kompanie: Dittschlag
- Kompanie-Führer der 3. Kompanie: Strempler
- Kompanie-Führer der 4. Kompanie: Böhm

2) Gliederung der 1. und der 4. Kompanie am 06.03.1945:

1 Kompanie-Trupp, 3 Schützenzüge und 1 Panzervernichtungszug;

die 3 Schützenzüge bestanden jeweils aus 4 Schützengruppen mit je 1 Führer und 9 Mann;

der Panzervernichtungszug bestand aus 8 Panzervernichtungstrupps mit je 1 Truppführer und 4 Mann. Der Truppführer und 2 Mann waren mit Panzerfäusten ausgerüstet während die übrigen 2 Mann für die Sicherung mit Handfeuerwaffen und Handgranaten ausgerüstet waren.

3) Einsatzraum der Kompanien am 06.03.1945:

- Die 1. Kompanie lag in Neubrück (Bataillonsabschnitt Mitte)
- Die 3. Kompanie lag in Stolpe (Bataillonsabschnitt Nord)
- Die 4. Kompanie lag in Heiligensee (Bataillonsabschnitt Süd)

https://www.forum-der-wehrmacht.de/inde ... graupmann/

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 18 Jan 2022 07:22

Volkssturm-Bataillon 40/11 // I. Volkssturm-Bataillon Völklingen // Volkssturm-Bataillon Welsch

Aufstellungsort:
Völklingen / Reichsgau Westmark

Aufstellungszeitpunkt:
11.11.1944

Einheitsführer:
Bataillons-Führer: Albert Welsch (früher Schullehrer)

Einsatz:

Das Bataillon bestand aus 6 Kompanien mit je 60-70 Mann und hatte ursprünglich die Aufgabe Strassen und Brücken zu bewachen.
Am 19.12.1944 befand sich der Gefechtsstand des Bataillons in Berschweiler.

Besonderheiten / Vermerk:

Angesichts der Tatsache, dass es sich bei dem Bataillons-Führer auch um den Bataillons-Führer Welsch handelt, kann davon ausgegangen werden,
das es sich bei dem I. Volkssturmbataillon Völklingen, dem Volkssturmbataillon Welsch sowie bei dem Volkssturmbataillon 40/11 um das gleiche Bataillon handelt. Die Annahme, dass das Volkssturmbataillon Welsch mit dem Volkssturmbataillon 40/5 identisch ist, ist meiner Meinung nach
falsch, da das Volkssturmbataillon 40/5 von dem Bataillons-Führer Hanus befehligt wurde.

Verbleib:
Es kann davon ausgegangen werden, dass das I. Volkssturmbataillon Völklingen im Januar 1945 in Volkssturmbataillon 40/11 umbenannt wurde.

Quelle:
G2 Periodic Report des XX. US Korps Nr. 137 vom 24.12.1944
RH26-172-3, bzw. KGl. der HGr. G

Also identified

Volkssturm-Bataillon 40/5
Volkssturm-Bataillon 40/29 (I. Aufgebot)

Volkssturm-Lehr-Bataillon des Gaus Westmark

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 18 Jan 2022 09:22

The Forgotten Soldier By Guy Sajer ( 1967) - (13 JANUARY 1927 - 11 JANUARY 2022)

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On The The Volkssturm

In the next street, we found the divisional store, which was still much better stocked than the supply stores of ordinary divisions. Some of our
men could be given quite a few of the things they needed. While we waited, we watched a crowd of men, part of a new Volkssturm battalion,
swarm into a factory courtyard. When we looked more closely at these men recently called up by the Fuhrer our eyes opened wide with surprise.
They all belonged to the last class of reserves and seemed to be an even more extreme case than the Marie-Louise conscripts at the end of the Napoleonic era.

Some of these troops with Mausers on their shoulders must have been at least sixty or sixty-five, to judge by their curved spines, bowed legs, and abundant wrinkles. But the young boys were even more astonishing. For us, who had saved our eighteen-, nineteen-, and twenty year-old lives
through a thousand perils, the idea of youth meant childhood and not adolescence, which was still our phase of life, despite our disillusion.
But now we were looking literally at children, marching beside these feeble old men.

The oldest boys were about sixteen, but there were others who could not have been more than thirteen. They had been hastily dressed in worn uniforms cut for men, and were carrying guns which were often as big as they were. They looked both comic and horrifying, and their eyes were
filled with unease, like the eyes of children at the reopening of school.

Not one of them could have imagined the impossible ordeal which lay ahead. Some of them were laughing and roughhousing, forgetting the
military discipline which was inassimilable at their age, and to which they had been exposed for barely three weeks. We noticed some
heart-wringing details about these children, who were beginning the first act of their tragedy. Several of them were carrying school satchels
their mothers had packed with extra food and clothes, instead of schoolbooks. A few of the boys were trading the saccharine candies which the ration allotted to children under thirteen. The old men marching beside these young sprouts stared at them with incomprehension.

What would be done with these troops? Where were they expected to perform? There was no answer to these questions. Were the authorities
going to try to stop the Red Army with them? The comparison seemed tragic and ludicrous.

Would Total War devour these children? Was Germany heroic, or insane?

Who would ever be able to judge this absolute sacrifice?

We stood in profound silence, watching and listening to the final moments of this first adolescence. There was nothing else we could do.

Memel.

The ruins of Memel could neither hold nor shelter the large segment of the Prussian population which had sought refuge there. This population,
to which we could give only the most rudimentary help, paralyzed our movements and our already precarious system of defense. Within the half circle we were defending, ringing with the thunder of explosions which covered every sort of shriek and scream, former elite troops, units of the Volkssturm, amputees re¬engaged by the services organizing the defense of the town, women, children, infants, and invalids were crucified on
the frozen earth beneath a ceiling of fog lit by the gleam of fires, or beneath the blizzards which emptied their snows over this semi-final act of
the war.

Twenty Russian bodies lay stiffening in front of the Volkssturm truck which continued to function despite the fact that one of its back wheels was
a thick log wedged against the chassis - another of the minor miracles of Memel. Then the Russians had sent a 50-mm. bullet under its hood, finishing off the two old men dressed as soldiers who sat in the cab. Hours later the damned thing was still blocking our view.

The Russians had tried to use it as a shield to get close enough to wipe us out with grenades, but Wiener had riddled them with enough fire to
finish them off too.

Speed had been the critical factor, and Wiener had simply been the quickest.

Now he sat in silence, wiping his gun as if it were a precious jewel. The rest of us - Hals, Lindberg, two others, and I - remained sitting in nervous agitation behind our cold, gray weapons, fully aware that they were no longer enough to guarantee our safety.

I had at my disposal three Panzerfausts, and the new P.M. which the Volkssturm had recently distributed with - an extremely effective weapon
which combined features of both the F.M. and the old P.M. I also had a small magnetic mine, which gave my stomach an extra turn. At Memel we each carried enough of an armory to ensure a quick death - with all that load, there was no question of getting away quickly.

The night passed slowly, lit by the huge fires. The beach, from which we stared with enormous eyes, shifted from pink to orange. A very young
boy from one of the Volkssturm groups had succumbed to despair. His body remained wedged upright in the midst of our group, most of whom
didn’t even notice that he had died. Another suddenly stood up and walked off, as if hypnotized by the flames in the south, moving toward Memel
in a state which was certainly not conscious. We watched him disappear into the brilliant, unreal half darkness.

Guy Sajer

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 18 Jan 2022 21:52

From the Russian website https://pamyat-naroda.ru/

The trick to searching for the Volkssturm in Russian please use the following Russian word key Фолксштурм

The enemy with two battalions of Volsksturm, 281 field reserve battalions, stubbornly defends Battle orders and orders,

Describes the period: 10.03.1945,

Author of the document: 9 gv. sk, Khapozin, gv. Major-General Posyakin, Military unit "Volkssturm" is mentioned on the pages of the document

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 18 Jan 2022 22:01

The enemy, with a separate regiment, Fricke and Winter Battle Groups, security battalions and Volksturm battalions, continues to resist our troops on the west bank of the Havel River.

Describes the period from 05.05.1945 to 05.05.1945.

Orders. Document No.: 3254/sh, 3255/sh, 3256/sh, Date of creation of the document:

05.05.1945 Archive: TsAMO, Fund: 1021, Inventory: 1, Case: 225, Sheet of the beginning of the document in the case: 351

Authors of the document: 47 A, Perkhorovych, Korolev, Lukyanchenko

Describes the combat operation: Berlin offensive operation. 16.4-8.5.45 g.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Halfdan S. » 18 Jan 2022 22:48

Germanicus wrote:
12 Jan 2022 01:56
Volkssturm-Bataillones identified in The Berlin Operation 1945 By Soviet General Staff

1. Panzervernichtungs-Brigade "Hitlerjugend"

Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Greifenhagen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Buchholz

Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/21
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/208
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/277
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/301
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/305
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/309
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/311
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/312
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/314
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/320 [Hitlerjugend]
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/427
Hi,

Still going strong ... what is the source for this?

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 19 Jan 2022 01:03

Halfdan S. wrote:
18 Jan 2022 22:48
Germanicus wrote:
12 Jan 2022 01:56
Volkssturm-Bataillones identified in The Berlin Operation 1945 By Soviet General Staff

1. Panzervernichtungs-Brigade "Hitlerjugend"

Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Greifenhagen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Buchholz

Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/21
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/208
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/277
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/301
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/305
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/309
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/311
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/312
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/314
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/320 [Hitlerjugend]
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/427
Hi,

Still going strong ... what is the source for this?

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Hello My Dear Friend - Thank you for your kind words.

I did a Google Book Search and typed in Volkssturm Battalion in the search parameters and found the above Volkssturm Units!!

The below is where it is from.

Most respectfully

Germanicus

https://books.google.com.au/books?id=b4 ... on&f=false

The Berlin Operation, 1945 – August 19, 2016
by Soviet General Staff (Author), Richard Harrison (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Berlin-Operation ... 1910777668

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 19 Jan 2022 06:59

A follow up of my post #1374 Post by Germanicus » 28 Nov 2021, 18:06

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The following additional Volkssturm-Bataillones are recorded in Dr David Yelton's Book

Volkssturm-Bataillon z.b.V 2/4
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/3
Volkssturm-Bataillon 3/4
Volkssturm-Bataillon 13/17
Volkssturm-Bataillon 16/279 [Trebbin]
Volkssturm-Bataillon 19/91
Volkssturm-Bataillon 23/482 [Oppeln]
Volkssturm-Bataillon 24/29
Volkssturm-Einsatz-Bataillon Goldap 25/235
Volkssturm-Bataillon 34/19
Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20
Volkssturm-Bataillon 40/12

Volkssturm-Bataillon Braunsberg II
Volkssturm-Bataillon Cosel
Volkssturm-Bataillon Deutsche Werke (Gothenhafen)
Volkssturm-Bataillon Metz
Volkssturm-Bataillon Porta Negra
Volkssturm-Bataillon Pyritz II
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ratibor I
Volkssturm-Bataillon Saarbrücken I
Volkssturm-Bataillon z.b.V Schleswig-Holstein
Volkssturm-Bataillon Steinwiesen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Walsrode 3
Volkssturm-Bataillon Wilhelmplatz I
Volkssturm-Bataillon Zempelburg in Bromberg [Ost Dok 8/325]

Volkssturm-Bataillones des Kreises Habelschwerdt

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In Dr Yelton's Book the following is recorded in relation to Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20 [The full narrative]

Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20

Some Volkssturm units on the Lower Rhine also performed adequately as frontline infantry. Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20 —a Levy I unit
from the Isselburg-Anholt area in Gau Westphalia North—initially mobilized in November for three weeks’ training and then served during the
winter as a security occupation force constructing field fortifications and drilling to combat armored or airborne attacks.

Around March 1, the unit left its Gau to enter the front along the Rhine at Dornick (between Rees and Emmerich in Gau Essen).

Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20’s commanding unit, 6th Parachute Division, reinforced it with a platoon of veterans to increase its combat
effectiveness. The Volkssturm unit demonstrated its capabilities by conducting nocturnal reconnaissance patrols on the Rhine’s west
bank, manning listening and observation posts, laying mines, directing artillery fire, and providing its own limited mortar and antiaircraft
machine gun support.

One German officer even remarked that the battalion’s men were “high standard personnel” who were “imbued with the best intentions and a
sense of duty.”

The unit was fairly well supplied and armed, although with the usually eclectic mix of German, Italian, Czech, Austrian, and French
weapons. Based on the number of reports it generated, the battalion was soundly incorporated into the First Parachute Army’s bureaucracy
and chain of command.

Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20’s actual combat performance is unknown. There was fierce fighting in the area, however, as several—
though not all—Volkssturm units supporting German paratroop and infantry formations fought hard against the Allied combined ground and
airborne assault.

Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20 apparently mounted some local counterattacks but was forced to retreat by the Canadian 9th Infantry
Brigade moving up from Rees in the last days of March. Despite the paucity of information concerning its behavior under fire, the unit
had all the ingredients necessary for adequate Volkssturm performance: support and supervision from regular troops, satisfactory training and equipment, and a will to fight.

As 1945 progressed, officers on the Western Front threw Volkssturm troops into the line as units or individuals with increasing frequency and
simply expected them to perform as seasoned infantrymen. Given time, support, and guidance, Volkssturm units could do this, as shown by Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20 and by some of the units on the Upper Rhine; but by 1945, time was a luxury.

Unfortunately for the Germans, Volkssturm-Bataillon 38/20 was the rare exception rather than the general rule.

Footnotes

54. Unit designation changed from Feldbtn. D to Feldbtn. VI to Btn. Thiet and finally to Btn. Rückriem. Feldbtn. D, “Meldung,” Nov.
24, 1944, T-81/95/110048; Thiet, “Btn. Befehl Nrs. 1, 4–9, 11, 14,” Nov. 28 and Dec. 27, 1944, Jan. 6, 14, 22, 26, 27, 29, and Feb. 9,
1945, T-81/95/110039–40, 109990, 109997–110021.

55. Korpstabsarzt, II Fallschirmjäger Korps, “KTB entries,” Mar. 2 and 4, 1945, BA-MA, RL 33, Nr. 6, 130, 133; Rückriem, “Btn. Befehl
Nr. 24,” Mar. 17, 1945, T-81/95/109951–53; 2nd Canadian Corps, “Interrogation of PW Report,” Mar. 31, 1945, Directorate of History,
Canadian National Defence HQ, File 144.111009 (D9).

56. Rückriem, “Btn. Befehl Nrs. 17, 23–26,” Feb. 18, Mar. 12, 17, 22, and 25, 1945, T-81/95/109942–55.

57. Genmaj. Rudolf Langhäuser, “The Fourth Commitment of the 6. Fallschirmjäger Division,” MS# B-452, Duke, Location 58-G Box 4.
Also Kofü, 1. Komp., Vs. Feldbtn. 38/7, “Bericht,” Mar. 15, 1945, StA Detmold, L113, Nr. 1069, 5.

58. This was one reason why this unit left the most complete existing records of any active Volkssturm formation. Rückriem, “Btn.
Befehl Nrs. 22, 24–25,” Mar. 11, 17, and 22, 1945; “Bewaffnung des Bataillons” Mar. 14, 1945, all in T-81/95/109946–56.


59. Lionel F. Ellis and Alan E. Warhurst, Victory in the West, vol. 2 (London: HMSO, 1962–1968), 288–94; Rainer Pape, ed. “bis 5 nach
12”: Herforder Kriegstagebuch 1944/45 (Herford: Bussesche Verlagshandlung, 1984), 183–84; Charles P. Stacey, The Victory
Campaign: The Operations in Northwest Europe, 1944–1945 (Ottawa: The Queen’s Printer and Controller of Stationery, 1960), 537–39.

60. Rückriem, “Btn. Befehl Nr. 26,” Mar. 25, 1945, T-81/95/109942; Stacey, 538. Btn. 38/20 may have survived as 6. Parachute Div.
continued to report two attached Volkssturm battalions on April 7. OKH/GenStdH/Org. Abt. IZ, “GKdos. Nr. 31672/45,” Apr. 7, 1945,
T-78/413/6381222–25.

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Halfdan S. » 19 Jan 2022 10:09

Germanicus wrote:
19 Jan 2022 01:03
Halfdan S. wrote:
18 Jan 2022 22:48
Germanicus wrote:
12 Jan 2022 01:56
Volkssturm-Bataillones identified in The Berlin Operation 1945 By Soviet General Staff

1. Panzervernichtungs-Brigade "Hitlerjugend"

Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Greifenhagen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Buchholz

I did a Google Book Search and typed in Volkssturm Battalion in the search parameters and found the above Volkssturm Units!!

The Berlin Operation, 1945 – August 19, 2016
by Soviet General Staff (Author), Richard Harrison (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Berlin-Operation ... 1910777668

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Cheers mate, I was unaware of this book - wonder if I am to understand that these Bataillons fought in the Battle of Berlin:
Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Greifenhagen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 19 Jan 2022 20:39

Halfdan S. wrote:
19 Jan 2022 10:09
Germanicus wrote:
19 Jan 2022 01:03
Halfdan S. wrote:
18 Jan 2022 22:48
Germanicus wrote:
12 Jan 2022 01:56
Volkssturm-Bataillones identified in The Berlin Operation 1945 By Soviet General Staff

1. Panzervernichtungs-Brigade "Hitlerjugend"

Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Greifenhagen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Buchholz

I did a Google Book Search and typed in Volkssturm Battalion in the search parameters and found the above Volkssturm Units!!

The Berlin Operation, 1945 – August 19, 2016
by Soviet General Staff (Author), Richard Harrison (Author)

https://www.amazon.com/Berlin-Operation ... 1910777668

283063.jpg
Cheers mate, I was unaware of this book - wonder if I am to understand that these Bataillons fought in the Battle of Berlin:
Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Greifenhagen
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg

Regards
Halfdan S.
Dear Halfdan S

The simple answer based on the Book is no.

I have reviewed my post you are quoting from and realised I have made an error in my reading of the book.

The following units need to be removed as I misread them to be Volkssturm yet are Kampfgruppes.

Volkssturm-Bataillon Ostsee
Volkssturm-Bataillon Ladeburg

The following relates to operations on the Oder from the Book.

My Respects

Germanicus

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

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In a previous post of mine I recorded the following.

#1590Post by Germanicus » 18 Jan 2022, 14:04

Heeresgruppe Weichsel mit Stand 1.April 1945

Armeekorps Oder

Gruppe Oberst Wellmann

Regiment Klossek
Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg
Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg

viewtopic.php?p=2387450#p2387450

Division z.b.V 610
[Volkssturm-Bataillon Bralitz-N., Volkssturm-Bataillon Hamburg, Volkssturm-Bataillon Angermünde-Schw.", Volkssturm-Bataillon Brandenburg]
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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 20 Jan 2022 21:01

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Volkssturm-Bataillon Ortsgruppe Süd-Ost Dortmund

Bataillonsführer Mainicke (Oberbügermeister von Dortmund)

Aufstellungsort:

Dortmund / Reichsgau Essen

Quelle: G2 Periodic Report Nr. 88 der 75. US Infanterie-Division vom 11.04.1945, Tactical Interrogation Report des 291. Infanterie-Regiments
vom 10.04.1945.

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Panzernahkampf-Kompanie der Hitlerjugend Wilhelmshaven

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SS Brigade Hitler-Jugend "Bärenfänger"

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 20 Jan 2022 22:05

HJ-Volkssturm-Bataillon 2. Wiener (III. Aufgebot) // Volkssturm-Bataillon Hauck

The HJ-Volkssturm-Bataillon 2. Wiener was formed directly in Vienna. The Wiener HJ-Bannen had also been ordered to set up a Kompanie
each. SS-Hauptsturmfuhrer Otto Hauck, who was recovering from a war injury in Vienna and was therefore consulted, was responsible for the list.

The command post of the HJ-Volkssturm-Bataillon 2. Wiener was set up in Lange Gasse, in the 9th district of Vienna (Alsergrund). These
HJ-Volkssturm-Kompanien remained in Vienna and were trained here in the Panzerfaust, a melee weapon for combating tanks at close range.
Part of this training took place in the middle of Vienna's Heldenplatz.

Battalion leader: SS Hauptsturmfuhrer Otto Hauck

Each of the 7 Wiener HJ-Banne had a Volkssturm-Kompanie at the end of March set up. These Kompanies were each to form two to three Panzerjagdkommandos of about 50 men each. A total of seven HJ-Volkssturm-Kompanien were set up, which in turn formed a total of 16 Panzerjagdkommandos.

1. HJ-Volksturm-Kompanie
2. HJ-Volksturm-Kompanie
3. HJ-Volksturm-Kompanie
4. HJ-Volksturm-Kompanie
5. HJ-Volksturm-Kompanie [Kompanie-Führer Feldwebel Fischer]
6. HJ-Volksturm-Kompanie
7. HJ-Volksturm-Kompanie

In the morning hours of April 6, 1945, the Russian units in the west and south began their push towards the outskirts of Vienna. The 16
Panzerjagdkommandos of the HJ-Volkssturm-Bataillon 2. Wiener were now deployed directly to the outskirts of Vienna. The first contact with the
enemy by an HJ-Einheit took place on April 5 near Purkersdorf. The 5. HJ-Volkssturm-Kompanie, led by Feldwebel Fischer, shot down a Russian
M4 Sherman tank.

Now the battle broke out for the individual anti-aircraft batteries, which were scattered in individual bases or anti-aircraft fortresses on the southern edge of Vienna and defied the onslaught of the Russians. Without exception, they were overrun. This also led to serious failures among
the deployed Volkssturm forces. At the central cemetery, the tank destroyer commandos of another HJ-Volkssturm-Kompanie opposed the
onslaught of the Russians there. Here, too, the Soviet troops could only be stopped briefly.

During April 6, the German troops were pushed back more and more into the city center. The Russian troops made the furthest penetration near Hütteldorf. Here the M4 "Sherman" tanks pierced the 46. Guards Tank Brigade of the 9th Guards Mech Corps crossed the thin German security line and advanced in the direction of St. Veit. The Panzerjagdkommandos of the HJ-Volkssturm-Kompanies deployed in Hütteldorf again shot down a number of Russian tanks and withdrew in the direction of Knödelhütte, Satzberg and Heuberg.

On April 7, the Russian troops succeeded in extending the penetration from Hütteldorf and St. Veit to the Westbahnhof and Lainz. Only along the
belt did the 2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" succeed in setting up a new line of defense during the course of the day. On the other hand, there
was only sporadic contact with the HJ-Panzerjagdkommandos deployed beforehand at the Knödelhütte. The HJ-Bataillon "Werewolf" was sent
there as reinforcement.

A fierce battle developed on Mariahilferstrasse between the units of the Führer-Grenadier-Division and the tanks of the Russian 46th Guards Tank Brigade, which were advancing towards the city centre, with tanks being shot down on both sides. HJ-Panzerjagdkommandos of the
HJ-Volkssturm-Bataillon 2. Wiener were deployed here and shot down some Russian tanks.

In the southern districts of Vienna, the front on April 7 ran from the Südbahnhof via the Arsenal to the Prater. Here the 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf" and the 6th Panzer Division held the position. The HJ-Panzerjagdkommandos fighting in the Knödelhütte area were surrounded by
Russian troops on April 7 together with the local anti-aircraft batteries. During the night some members of the HJ managed to break out.

On the afternoon of April 7, 1945, the combat commander of Vienna, General Bünau, and his alarm units were assigned to the II SS Panzer Corps after three days of deployment. When this became known in the regional leadership of the Vienna HJ, Hauptbannfuhrer Lauterbacher and his
staff decided to withdraw the two Wiener HJ-Bataillon from the fighting and towards the Danube. The Hohe Warte was designated as the
assembly point for both Wiener HJ-Bataillones.

On April 9, the Russian troops took the Kahlenberg and stood with their tanks near Nussdorf. The further advance to the Danube Canal should now
be denied to them by HJ-Panzerjagdkommandos. The two Wiener HJ-Bataillones in Vienna had gathered at the Hohe Warte by April 9 as planned. Ahead of them, on the line of Heiligenstädterstrasse, Armbrustergasse, Silbergasse and Billrothstrasse, individual HJ-Panzerjagdkommandos now
took up positions.

Fighting became increasingly fierce on April 9th. The 5th Guards Tank Corps advanced with T34 tanks across the Höhenstrasse in the direction of Heiligenstadt. On April 8 and 9, two attacks were repelled by the HJ-Panzerjagdkommandos west of the Hohe Warte and several Russian tanks were shot down in Silbergasse. However, the pressure from the attackers increased and so both Wiener HJ-Bataillones withdrew across the Danube Canal in the night of April 9th ​​to 10th.

On the night of April 13, the remnants of the 3rd SS Panzer Division "Totenkopf" and the 6th Panzer Division crossed the Reichsbrücke. The bridge itself was finally taken by the Russians almost intact on April 14th. The only ones still holding a bridgehead at the Floridsdorferbrücke were the
2nd SS Panzer Division "Das Reich" and the remainder of the two Wiener HJ-Bataillones.

From April 11, the remnants of the "HJ-Bataillon 2. Wiener" were combined with the remnants of the HJ-Bataillon "Werwolf" into the
HJ-Kampf-Gruppe "Werwolf" and in the strength of six to seven companies (600 to 700 Hitler Youth and Management personnel) as a reserve of
the II SS Panzer Corps.

Parts of the HJ-Kampf-Gruppe "Werwolf" were deployed in depth in a security line on the heights north-east of Korneuburg, from Flansdorf to Manhartsbrunn and Schleindorf. Further to the east, near Deutsch-Wagram, Hitler Youth from an HJ-Volkssturm-Kompanie from Area 28 (Lower Danube) had been used in combat a few days earlier. On April 13, Soviet troops reached the line from Hagenbrunn to Enzersfeld. The gaps between the declining German associations now grew larger and larger. The HJ-Kampf-Gruppe "Werwolf" was alerted again. Lieutenant Ralf Ringler moved
into a defensive position east of Manhartsbrunn with three Kompanies of the HJ-Kampf-Gruppe "Werwolf".

The remains of the HJ-Kampf-Gruppe "Werwolf" were collected on April 17, 1945 in Ruppersthal. Here they were praised for their commitment in
a speech by the commander of the II SS Panzer Corps, SS Obergruppenfuhrer Bittrich. Several Hitler Youth received awards. The marching orders were then given in a westerly direction. Over the next few days, the Hitler Youth marched on foot to Linz and from there in the direction of
Ennstal.

In the course of the march movement, the HJ-Kampf-Gruppe Werwolf" was again divided into two battalions of three companies each. This 1st
and 2nd Bataillon of the HJ-Kampf-Gruppe Werwolf" finally reached the Tamsweg area on 3 May. The HJ members were now divided among
individual farms and this is where they were to experience the end of the war. Many of the Hitler Youth would only return to Vienna months and years later. But many were also missing forever.

Source:

Markus Reisner: "Schirach's Vienna Hitler Youth - "Loyal to the End", Master's thesis at the University of Vienna
Ringler, Illusion of Youth, p.142-170, p. 180ff
Rauchensteiner, The War in Austria 1945., p. 127 ff; p.156ff.
Egger/Jordan, Fires on the Danube., p.53ff
Fred Borth, Not Too Young To Die. The Hitler Youth in the Battle for Vienna 1945, Vienna 1988, p.93f; p.109 ff., p. 181.

Volkssturm-Kompanie "Generaloberst Dietl" from March 1945 in Vienna, which was probably set up from members of the HJ-Bann 509
Wien-Florisdorf. Unfortunately, it is not clear from the report to which Volkssturm battalion she belonged.

HJ-Bann 509.jpg

Source: Völkischer Beobachter, issue Vienna No. 63 of March 15, 1945, page 2

HJ-Bann 491 Wien-Ottakring
HJ-Bann 501 Wien-Mitte
HJ-Bann 502 Wien-Ost
HJ-Bann 503 Wien-Süd
HJ-Bann 504 Wien-Südost
HJ-Bann 505 Wiener-Wald
HJ-Bann 506 Wien-Südwest
HJ-Bann 507 Wien-West
HJ-Bann 508 Wien-Nord
HJ-Bann 509 Wien-Florisdorf

Source: Handbook of the City of Vienna, Volume 1944

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Re: An extensive list of Volkssturm-Bataillons?

Post by Germanicus » 21 Jan 2022 07:46

For those interested in reading about the Volkssturm please check out these books or publications.

You will probably find these are the only books directly published about the Volkssturm.

Hitler’s Volkssturm The Nazi Militia and the Fall of Germany, 1944–1945 - David K. Yelton

Hans Kissel, Der Deutsche Volkssturm 1944/45: Eine territoriale Miliz im Rahmen der Landesverteidigung (Frankfurt am Main: E. S. Mittler
und Sohn, 1962);

Franz Seidler, “Deutscher Volkssturm”: Das letzte Aufgebot 1944/45 (Munich: Herbig, 1989)

Klaus Mammach, Der Volkssturm: Das letzte Aufgebot 1944/45 (Cologne: Pahl Rugenstein, 1981)

Willy Timm, Freikorps “Sauerland” 1944–45: Zur Geschichte des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Südwestfalen (Hagen: Stadtarchiv Hagen, 1976).

Paul, Johann. Vom Volksrat zum Volkssturm: Bergisch Gladbach und Bensburg 1918–1945. Bergisch Gladbach: Heider, 1988

Hitler's Last Levy in East Prussia: Volkssturm Einsatz Bataillon Goldap (25/235) 1944-45 [Just, Bruno]

Der Volkssturm im Süden Hamburgs 1944/45 German edition by Kerstin Siebenborn

In a Raging Inferno: Combat Units of the Hitler Youth 1944-45 by Hans Holzträger

Die Vergessenen : Volkssturmsoldaten in Ostbrandenburg jenseits der Oder und an der Oderfront / Dietrich Ehrhardt Verlag (2015)

Der Deutsche Volkssturm : Idee, Bildung, Organisation und Einsatz; die Rechtsstellung der Angehörigen des Deutschen Volkssturmes.
Publisher: Kornelimünster : Bundesarchiv, 1957.

Der erste Volkssturm gegen das Tabaklaster Author: Are Waerland

Volkssturm-Saga Author: Rudolf Helm

Das letzte Aufgebot : vom Sterben der deutschen Jugend Author: Günter Fraschka

Volkssturm-Schriften Publisher: Wien Vogelsang

Kriegsende eines HJ-Volkssturmsoldaten : 1945-48 ; Erlebnisbericht und Recherche Author: Werner Nemitz

Volkssturm by Jesse Russell | 27 April 2012

Volkssturm by Lambert M. Surhone (Author), Miriam T. Timpledon (Author), Susan F. Marseken (Author)

The Boys of Seelow: The Hitler Youth by Joel Connealy and Rob Grace

Soldatenschicksale : Luftwaffe - Marine - Waffen SS - Wehrmacht - Volkssturm Author: Friedrich Brettner

Burton Wright III, “Army of Despair: The German Volkssturm 1944–1945” (Ph.D. diss., Florida State University, 1982).

White, Wolfred K. “The Volkssturm: A Study of the German National Militia 1944–1945.” M.A. thesis, Florida State University, 1963.

Hitler's Home Guard: Volkssturmmann: Western Front, 1944-45 David K. Yelton

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