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Waffen-SS divisions

See "Allgemeine-SS Order of Battle" for General-SS commands and formations

All divisions in the Waffen-SS were ordered in a single series as formed, regardless of type. 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" is made up of Germans, or other Germanic peoples, while a "Division of the SS" is made up of non-Germanic volunteers.

Waffen-SS divisions

Number Division name Ethnic origin Last commander Years active Divisional insignia Maximum manpower
1st "Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler" German SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Otto Kumm 1933–1945 20,844 (1942)
2nd "Das Reich" German SS-Standartenführer Karl Kreutz 1939–1945 20,184 (1944)
3rd "Totenkopf" German SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hellmuth Becker 1939–1945 21,186 (1942)
4th "Polizei" German SS-Oberführer Walter Harzer 1940–1945 19,377 (1941)
5th "Wiking" Volunteers from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands and Flanders SS-Oberführer Karl Ullrich 1940–1945 17,347 (1941)
6th "Nord" German SS-Standartenführer Franz Schreiber 1941–1945 21,247 (1942)
7th "Prinz Eugen" Ethnic German volunteers from the Banat, the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Hungary and Romania SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Schmidthuber 1942–1945 21,120 (1943)
8th "Florian Geyer" German and ethnic Germans from Siebenbürgen (Transylvania) and Banat (Serbia). SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Joachim Rumohr 1941–1945 13,000 (1944)
9th "Hohenstaufen" German SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Sylvester Stadler 1943–1945 19,611 (1943)
10th "Frundsberg" German SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Roestel 1943–1945 19,313 (1943)
11th "Nordland" Primarily Nordic volunteers SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Gustav Krukenberg 1943–1945 11,749 (1943)
12th "Hitlerjugend" Germany SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Hugo Kraas 1943–1945 21,482 (1943)
13th "Handschar" Bosniaks, Croats, Ethnic Germans from Croatia SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Desiderius Hampel 1943–1945 21,065 (1943)
14th "Galizien" Ukrainians from Galicia General (UNA) Pavlo Shandruk 1944–1945 22,000 (1944)
15th 1st Latvian Latvians SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Karl Burk 1942–1945 20,291 (1943)
16th "Reichsführer-SS" German SS-Oberführer Otto Baum 1943–1945 14,223 (1943)
17th "Götz von Berlichingen" German, Romanian Germans and French volunteers SS-Oberführer Georg Bochmann 1943–1945 18,354 (1944)
18th "Horst Wessel" Ethnic Germans from Hungary SS-Standartenführer Heinrich Petersen 1944–1945 11,000 (1944)
19th 2nd Latvian Latvians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant derr Waffen-SS Bruno Streckenbach 1944–1945 10,592 (1944)
20th 1st Estonian Estonians SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Berthold Maack 1944–1945 15,382 (1944)
21st "Skanderbeg" Albanians SS-Oberführer August Schmidthuber 1944–1945 6,156 (1944)
22nd "Maria Theresia" Ethnic Germans from Hungary SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS August Zehender 1944–1945 8,000 (1944)
23rd "Kama" Croats SS-Oberführer Gustav Lombard 1944 2,199 (1944)
23rd "Nederland" Dutch SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Jürgen Wagner 1945 6,000 (1944)
24th "Karstjäger" ethnic German volunteers from Italy and Slovenia SS-Oberführer Adolf Wagner 1944–1945 3,000 (1944)
25th "Hunyadi" (1st Hungarian) Hungarians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant derr Waffen-SS Josef Grassy 1944–1945 15,000 (1944)
26th "Hungaria" (2nd Hungarian) Hungarians SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant derr Waffen-SS Josef Grassy 1944–1945 13,000 (1944)
27th "Langemarck" Flemish SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller 1944–1945 7,000 (1944)
28th "Wallonien" Wallonia SS-Standartenführer Léon Degrelle 1944–1945 4,000 (1944)
29th "RONA"
aka Kaminski Brigade
Russian SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Christoph Diehm 1944 15,000 (1943)
29th "Italia" Italians SS-Oberführer Erwin Tzschoppe 1945 15,000 (1944)
30th "Russische Nr. 2" Belarusian SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Siegling 1944–1945 4,400 (1944)
30th "Weißruthenische Nr. 1"
formed from "Russische Nr. 2"
Belarusian SS-Standartenführer Hans Siegling 1945
31st 31st SS Volunteer Grenadier Division "Batschka" Hungary SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Gustav Lombard 1944–1945 11,000 {1944}
32nd "30. Januar" German SS-Standartenführer Hans Kempin 1945
33rd "Ungarische Nr. 3"
became part of "Hungaria"
Hungary SS-Oberführer László Deák 1945
33rd "Charlemagne" France SS-Standartenführer Walter Zimmermann 1945
34th "Landstorm Nederland" Netherlands SS-Oberführer Martin Kohlroser 1945
35th SS and Police Grenadier Division German Oberst Rüdiger Pipkorn 1945
36th "Dirlewanger" Mixed SS-Brigadeführer und Generalmajor der Waffen-SS Fritz Schmedes 1945
37th "Lützow" Hungary SS-Standartenführer Karl Gesele 1945
38th "Nibelungen" German SS-Standartenführer Martin Stange 1945 6000

Also:

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

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