14th Waffen Grenafier Division of the SS Galizien (1st Ukrainian)

The name Galizien did not please the Ukrainians and after several arguments it was changed in November 1944 into Ukrainien.

  • 29th Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS
  • 30th Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS
  • 31st Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Brigadeführer Walter Schimana
  • SS-Brigadeführer Fritz Freitag
  • SS-Brigadeführer Sylvester Stadler
  • SS-Oberführer Nikolaus Heilmann
  • Pavlo Schandruk

The division was formed on June 28, 1943 in Lemberg. The training took place in Germany and Poland at Heidelager and Neuhammer. The core of this division was the staff consisting of Germans and Volksdeutsches. Altogether there were more than 30,000 volunteers. In June 1944 the trained division was sent to Russia, where in July it was trapped in the Broditarnov pocket. Only 3,000 men out of 14,000 managed to break out of it and retreat to the German border. In autumn 1944 the division rested and was rearranged in Slovakia and it was sent to battle near Graz-Feldbach, where more than 1,000 men were killed. Part of the division hid in the Carpathian Mountains, where they battled until 1946 and in the winter of 1946 and 1947 they managed to break into the US zone in Germany. The division had battles at the beginning of 1945 in Steiermark and then joined the Ukrainian National Army.

According to some data 15,000 men surrendered to the British is Radstadt and were sent to Rimini and 1,000 men were sent to the US units. The prisoners were not handed over to the Red Army.

The men were released from the war prison in 1951 and got a permission to return to Ukraine.

Insignia:

A lion standing on its back feet and looking left on the collar patches.

1 man from this division received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.