31st SS Volunteer Grenadier Division

  • 78th SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiment
  • 79th SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiment
  • 80th SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiment

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Lombard
  • SS-Gruppenführer August-Wilhelm Trabandt

The division was formed from July to August 1944 in Hungary and Slovakia. The training took place in Neuverbas, Batschka. The division was formed out of Volksdeutsches in Batschka and out of Hungarian and Yugoslavian army reservists. The officers and junior officers were brought from the 23rd SS Division Kama. The strongest unit of the division was the 31st SS Volunteer Fusilier Battalion, which's core was made up of nearly 300 Slazzy-Jugendmannschaft Hungarian boys. After the division was formed, it was sent to battle under Theiss and was led by Kampfgruppe SS-Obersturmbannführer Syr. The Division Brandenburg, which beat off the Red Army's attacks, had suffered great losses and the Kampfgruppe was brought in to strengthen the division. At the beginning of November 1944 the Division Batschka protected the Germans' evacuation on the west bank of Donau River, but the Red Army managed to break through the division's positions. At the end of November 1944 the division had rough retreating battles near Lake Balaton. Along with two Wehrmacht divisions they managed to stabilize the front. In January 1945 the division was taken to Silesia. The subunits fought separately on the front in rough battles in Striegau. From March to May 1945 they battled in Feindeshand, which was between Strehlen and Schweidnitz. On May 8, 1945 they moved towards Pilsen in Czech and surrendered to the US troops. The Czechs murdered 4,000 men.

Insignia:

No insignia.