10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg

The name comes from the German landsknecht father and leader Feldhauptmann Georg von Frundsberg (1473 to 1528). The division's former name was Karl der Grosse.

  • 21st SS Panzergrenadier Regiment
  • 22nd SS Panzergrenadier Regiment
  • 10th SS Panzer Regiment Langemarck

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Standartenführer Michael Lippert
  • SS-Brigadeführer Lothar Debes (until November 1943)
  • SS-Gruppenführer Karl Fischer von Treuenfeld (until May 1945)
  • SS-Brigadeführer Heinz Harmel

The division was formed, just like the aforementioned 9th SS-division, before 1943 out of German 18-year-old soldiers and the training took place in France during 1943. Once the division had completed its training, it was sent to the Russian front in March 1944, where in April it participated in the battles under Tarnopol. In June 1944 they quickly returned to Normandy, France, where the allies' landing had arrived and the division had to face rough battles until April 1944 under Caen, Avranches and Falaise. Afterwards they retreated through Belgium until September to the Arnhem area, where they met the British air force units that had landed there. Together with the 9th SS Division they managed to destroy the British units. The allies' pointless attempt became fatal to thousands of men, who fell from the sky into the arms of two SS Divisions. The 10th SS Division had suffered losses in battles and now received supplement, but the onwards moving enemy did not wait long and in November 1944 there were new battles near Aachen. From January to February 1945 they battled in the Hagenauer forest near the Upper Rhine and under Strasbourg. They moved forward from February to March 1945 and headed to Pomerania, where they had difficult battles in the areas of Stettin, Stargard and Fürstenwalde. The division had 15,000 men and 49 tanks and surrendered to the Red Army in Schönau in May 1945.

Insignia:

Cuffband Frundsberg, runic symbols SS on the collar patches.

13 men from this division received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.