6th SS Mountain Division Nord

  • 11th SS Gebirgsjäger Regiment Reinhard Heydrich (from 1944)
  • 12th SS Gebirgsjäger Regiment Michael Gaissmair
  • 506th SS Panzergrenadier Battalion

Division Leaders:

  • SS-Brigadeführer Karl-Maria Demelhuber (May 1941 to April 1942)
  • SS-Brigadeführer Matthias Kleinhesterkamp (until December 1943)

Several other leaders followed, some served as the leader for longer periods, others for short periods of time. Among these leaders were:

  • SS-Gruppenführer Lothar Debes
  • SS-Gruppenführer Hans Scheider
  • SS-Gruppenführer Karl Brenner
  • SS-Gruppenführer Wilhelm Krüger
  • SS-Oberführer Gustav Lombard
  • SS-Brigadeführer Franz Schreiber

The division was formed in spring 1941. The core of this division were the 6th, 7th and 9th Totenkopf-Standarte units. The division had its first battles in Finland on the Lapland front in 1941. The division was trained quickly and badly and the results showed it. The division panicked and tried to escape from Salla. In the end of summer 1941 a mountain division was trained and it contained four battalions of mountain hunters, three mountain artillery divisions were merged together with the survivors of the Kampfgruppe Nord. The training took place in the Alps in Austria and in Balkan. In August 1942 the division was brought back to Finland, where it battled until September 1944 on the Northern front. From there on they moved to Norway and then to Denmark. The subunits were formed into battle groups. Some battles took place in the Ardennes in December 1944 and some in Saari in January 1945. From there the division retreated, and battled at the same time, to the Ruhr area. In May 1945 they surrendered to the US units in Bavaria.

Insignia:

Cuffband with the regiments' Reinhard Heydrich (from June 1942) and Michael Gaissmair (June 1942) names. Skijegerbataljon Norge used the same symbols as the division (the cuffbands of Nord were never worn. Some confusion was caused by the Allgemaine-SS territorial unit Nord, which was active in Northern Germany). The skull symbol on the collar patches, later runic symbols SS. The mountain units' symbol on the sleeve.

7 men from this division received the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.