29th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Italien (1st Italian)

  • 81st Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS
  • 82nd Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS
  • 71st to 74th Waffen Grenadier Regiment of the SS (?)
  • 29th SS Fusilier Battalion Debica

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Standartenführer Pietro Manelli
  • SS-Standartenführer Gustav Lombard
  • SS-Brigadeführer Peter Hansen
  • SS-Standartenführer Constatin Heldmann
  • SS-Standartenführer Erwin Tzschppe

In September 1944 the Milizia Armata, an Italian Fascist security unit, was accepted in the Waffen-SS. It is unknown to whom the Legione SS Italiana, the 1st Italian Volunteer Sturmbrigade and the subunits Debica and Vendetta were subjected to.

They participated in the anti-partisan operations and had battles with the allies. In April 1945 the battle brigade received a free SS Division’s number. Further data about the division’s battles are missing. It is only known that the subunits operated separately.


Runic symbols SS on the collar patches.

(The division was planned to have a runic symbol with a fashise emblem in April 1945, but it is unknown whether it was worn).