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

25th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Hunyadi (1st Hungarian)
Insignia of 25th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Hunyadi (1st Hungarian)[1]
Active 1944–45
Country  Nazi Germany
Allegiance Adolf Hitler
Branch Waffen-SS
Type Grenadier infantry
Size Division
Nickname(s) Hunyadi
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Thomas Muller
József Grassy

The 25th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Hunyadi (1st Hungarian) (German: 25. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Hunyadi (ungarische Nr.1.)) was a short-lived infantry division of the Waffen-SS, an armed branch of the German Nazi Party that served alongside but was never formally part of the Wehrmacht during World War II. Established in November 1944 following the German overthrow of the Hungarian regime of Miklós Horthy, it consisted mainly of troops drawn from the Royal Hungarian Army's 13th Honvéd Division. It was never properly formed, trained, or equipped, and after being evacuated from its training camp in the face of the advancing Soviet Red Army, it surrendered to the United States Army in Austria in May 1945.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Commanders 2
  • Order of battle 3
  • Insignia 4

History

The division was initially designated 25. SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Division by the Germans,[2] but was later redesignated 25. Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS Hunyadi.[3] The title Hunyadi commemorated the 15th century Hungarian general John Hunyadi. Established in November 1944 following the German overthrow of the Hungarian regime of Miklós Horthy, it consisted of troops drawn from the Royal Hungarian Army's 13th Honvéd Division, as well as a ski battalion. By January 1945, the 20,000 troops available for the formation of the division were concentrated at the German training camp at Neuhammer, but there were few weapons and vehicles to equip the fledgling division, and supplies were also scarce. In February 1945, the Soviet Red Army was closing on the division's training area, so the troops were evacuated, reaching Austria in April. A kampfgruppe left behind as a rearguard at Neuhammer was destroyed. The remainder of the division was involved in its first significant combat on 3 May, fighting elements of the U.S. Third Army. It surrendered to the Americans near the Attersee over the following two days.[4]

Commanders

The division was commanded by two officers:[2]

Order of battle

The division consisted of the following principal units:[5]

  • 61st Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS
  • 62nd Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS
  • 63rd Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS
  • 25th Waffen Artillery Regiment of the SS
  • 25th Waffen Ski Battalion of the SS

Insignia

A right hand collar patch bearing the

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