38th SS Grenadier Division Nibelungen

The division was named after the German national epos "The Song of the Nibelungs" (Nibelungenlied), which was created in Austria in the 13th century. The division's initial name was Junkerschule Bad Tölz.

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Division Leaders:

  • SS-Standartenführer Hans Kempin
  • SS-Obersturmbannführer Richard Shulze-Kossens
  • SS-Gruppenführer Carl Ritter von Oberkamp
  • SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Lammerding
  • SS-Standartenführer Martin Strange

The division was formed on March 27, 1945 in Schwarzwald and Freiburg. The staff was put together of the SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz's young officers, Himmler's bodyguard battalion, 8,000 17-year-old conscripts and the remains of the 30th SS Division. The order to form the division came from Hitler and the unit was meant for battling on the Western front. In April 1945 the 7-battalion and 2,700-men Kampfgruppe was sent to the Upper Bavarian front, they also battled near the Rhine. Later the unit participated in the battles on the Donau front in the area of Ingolstadt, Kehlheim and Landshut. The division surrendered in the Alpen-Donau area, Reit and Winkl to the US units on May 8, 1945.

In connection with forming the division out of the Bad Tölz officers' school staff, the Estonians who studied there were also accepted to the division (on the photo Estonian SS-Oberjunker Ülo Verner Nerep).


No insignia.