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    Default 40th Waffen SS Division

    Formed on 1/4/45 in the chaos of the collapsing Reich, barely Regimental strength it was formed from various training unts including the cooks and cleaners from Goring's "Karinhall ", bandsmen from Goebbels various propaganda units, some Luftwaffe ground crew and Waffen SS Officer cadets. Formed into a Regiment of four battalions, 3 Grenadier and one Panzer (which was only really a company) equipped with a combination of Panzer I's and II's which had been re furbished by the mechanics of the 2nd Battalion.

    Led by it's Commander Leutnant Gruber (who's command vehicle was an Sdkfz 222) it was committed to the Western Front around Nouvion where it dissapeared, records are sketchy at best the only real link I can find is.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Hubert_Gruber

    31. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division


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    Default Re: 40th Waffen SS Division

    Quote Originally Posted by ptimms View Post
    Formed on 1/4/45 in the chaos of the collapsing Reich, barely Regimental strength it was formed from various training unts including the cooks and cleaners from Goring's "Karinhall ", bandsmen from Goebbels various propaganda units, some Luftwaffe ground crew and Waffen SS Officer cadets. Formed into a Regiment of four battalions, 3 Grenadier and one Panzer (which was only really a company) equipped with a combination of Panzer I's and II's which had been re furbished by the mechanics of the 2nd Battalion.

    Led by it's Commander Leutnant Gruber (who's command vehicle was an Sdkfz 222) it was committed to the Western Front around Nouvion where it dissapeared, records are sketchy at best the only real link I can find is.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Hubert_Gruber
    Interesting!
    But what was division No. 39 again?
    "I just ran out of ammo. I will ram this one. Good bye, we'll meet in Valhalla." - Major Heinrich Ehrler, April 4, 1945

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    Default Re: 40th Waffen SS Division

    I'll tell you on april 1st 2009 !!

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    Default Re: 40th Waffen SS Division

    do you know what the name of the 39th ss div was

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    Default Re: 40th Waffen SS Division

    Quote Originally Posted by peopleselbow View Post
    do you know what the name of the 39th ss div was
    Yes.

    The 39th SS Division.

    It was also known as the Thirty Ninth SS Division.

    One half of it was detached and was known as the 19.5 S Division, while the other half was known as the Other 19.5 S Division.
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