34th SS Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland (2nd Dutch)

  • 83rd SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiment (October 1944)
  • 84th SS Volunteer Grenadier Regiment
  • SS Panzerjäger Abteilung Nordwest
  • SS Flak Brigade Clingendaal

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Brigadeführer Joachim Ziegler
  • SS-Brigadeführer Jürgen Wagner
  • SS-Standartenführer Knapp
  • SS-Standartenführer Martin Kohlroser (from May to November 1944)

In the spring of 1943 the Landwacht Niederlande was formed in Holland because of the increasing danger of invasion. In October 1943 it was renamed as Landstorm Nederland and it was subjected to the SS. This unit’s main staff was made up of 3,000 men, but temporarily the number of men increased to 8,000. In 1944 the unit was sent to fight the US and British troops. During the battles other Dutch units (for example the SS defence battalion Nordwest) joined them and in September 1944 it was expanded into the 34th SS Volunteer Grenadier Division Landstorm Nederland. The division was sent to Arnhem battle in October 1944 to fight with the British. Later they participated in the anti-partisan operations in North Brabant. In February 1945 they battled in Gelderland and from there they moved to Rein-Waalland. The division surrendered in May 1945.

Insignia:

Cuffband Landstorm Nederland; many who transferred from the SS Defence Battalion Nordwest, wore their former battalion's armbands; runic symbols with a flaming grenade on the collar patches, later the skull symbol.