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.

Insignia:

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).