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battles and engagements of the 29st waffen ss grandier division(italian n1) against allied forces

Discussion in 'Italy, Sicily & Greece' started by waffen alez, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. waffen alez

    waffen alez Member

    Sep 18, 2008
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    I've heard that the italian waffenss division had been used against partisan forces but also against allied forces, what do you know about?




  2. PzJgr

    PzJgr Drill Instructor

    Dec 19, 2000
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    Jefferson, OH
    In April 1944 three Battalions fought against Allied bridgeheads of Anzio and Nettuno with surprisingly good results for which Heinrich Himmler allowed them to wear SS-Runes on black rather than red. On 7 September 1944 renamed to Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS (italienische Nr. 1) under Generalkommando Lombardia of Heeresgruppe C. New recruits made the unit grow in December 1944 to 15,000 men. In Spring 1945 the Division under command by SS-Oberführer Ernst Tzschoppe as Kampfgruppe Binzfought against French units and Resistenza in Piemont.

    On 30 April 1945 the last parts of the Division surrendered to US troops in Gorgonzola Lombardy.
  3. JCFalkenbergIII

    JCFalkenbergIII Expert

    Jan 23, 2008
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    29. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (italienische Nr. 1) was formed in Sep 1944 when Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS (italienische Nr. 1) was upgraded to a division. It was given the number 29 when Waffen-Grenadier Division der SS (Russische Nr 1) was disbanded but it never close to divisional size.

    The division mainly fought the italian resistance but saw some action against the allies. The parts of the division that surrendered to the resistance at the end of the war were all executed.
    Lineage Italienische-Freiwilligen-Legion (Nov 1943 - ? 1943) 1. Sturmbrigade Italienische Freiwilligen Legion (? 1943 - Sep 1944) Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS (italienische Nr. 1) (Sep 1944 - Mar 1945) 29. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (italienische Nr. 1) (Mar 1945 - May 1945) [​IMG]
    Commanders SS-Oberführer Constantin Heldmann (10 Feb 1945 - ? 1945) SS-Oberführer Erwin Tzschoppe (? 1945 - ? Apr 1945) [​IMG]
    Chief of Staff SS-Sturmbannführer Georg Buchholz (? - ? Mar 1945) SS-Hauptsturmführer Schneider (? - ? Apr 1945) [​IMG]
    Area of operations Italy (Sep 1944 - Apr 1945) [​IMG]
    Manpower strength Dec 1944 15.000 [​IMG]

    Honor titles
    The division was not named, but two of its units were:
    29. SS- Füsilier-Bataillon „Debica“
    Named after the SS’ Heidelager training grounds in Debica, Poland, where the unit was formed.
    „Vendetta“ (= II. Bataillon, 82. Waffen-Grenadier-Regiment der SS)
    Vendetta is an Italian term originating from the Latin “vindicta”, which literally translates as “revenge” and describes a feud that is motivated by a desire for revenge.

    Order of battle
    Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 81
    Waffen-Grenadier Regiment der SS 82
    Waffen-Artillerie Regiment der SS 29
    Füsilier-Battailon 29
    Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 29
    SS-Pionier-Kompanie 29
    SS-Nachrichten-Kompanie 29

    Officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen and Concentration Camps
    Concentration Camps 3
    Einsatzgruppen 1
    (includes officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen och Concentration Camps either prior to or after service in this unit)

    Axis History Factbook: 29. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (italienische Nr. 1)
  4. ColHessler

    ColHessler Member

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