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

The name comes from a Hungarian national hero and military leader János Hunyadi (approximately 1407 until August 11, 1456), who from 1441 to 1456 led the freedom fight against the Turkish.

  • 61st SS Grenadier Regiment
  • 62nd SS Grenadier Regiment
  • 63rd SS Grenadier Regiment

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Standartenführer Thomas Müller
  • SS-Brigadeführer Josef Grassy

The division was formed in May 1944 in Neuhammer where the recruiting began. Because the Red Army was moving onwards fast the division that was still being formed had to retreat in the summer of 1944. In November 1944 they had battled in Roth, Nuremberg, where they suffered great losses. Along with the 26th SS Division Gömbös they retreated in March 1945 to Austria. There the XVII Waffen SS Corps was formed out of the two Hungarian SS Divisions. Although nearly 40,000 men gathered in the corps, the leaders were unable to train all of them and the unit was not ready to battle. On May 4, 1945 only one pioneers’ company from the 25th SS Division was ready to battle and it was left to protect Passau.

Some men surrendered to the US troops on May 5, 1945 near Attersee.

Insignia:

The letter H on the collar patches.