10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg

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10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg
10th SS Divsion Logo.png
Insignia of the 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg
Active 2 January 1943 – 8 May 1945
Country National Socialist Germany National Socialist Germany
Branch Flag of the Schutzstaffel.png Waffen-SS
Type Panzer
Size Division
Engagements Operation Epsom
Operation Market Garden
Operation Nordwind
Halbe Pocket

The 10th SS-Panzer-Division "Frundsberg" (German: 10. SS-Panzer-Division „Frundsberg“) was a German Waffen-SS tank division that fought on the Western and Eastern fronts during World War II.

History

Originally, the name Karl der Große (Charlemagne) was used for short periode in 1943, but French volunteers in the Wehrmacht and in the Waffen-SS used "Charlemagne" (33rd Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS Charlemagne (1st French), so the honour title Frundsberg was chosen, which refers to 16th Century German civil war commander Georg von Frundsberg.

This Division and her sister Division - the 9th SS Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen - played an important part in resist the British forces in Normandy, particularly during Operation Epsom. Later the Division got a key roll in stemming the Allied onslaught during Operation Market Garden at Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, at which time it, along with the 9th SS Panzer, constituted the II SS Panzer Corps.

Günter Grass

In August 2006, German writer and Nobel price winner for literature Günter Grass admitted to having been a tank gunner with the division after having been conscripted into the Waffen-SS at the age of 17 in November 1944. As Grass had always been an outspoken negativ critic of Germany's treatment of its past, his surprise admission caused a great stir in the press.

Commanders

Order of battle

  • SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 21
  • SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 22
  • SS Panzer Regiment 10
  • SS Panzer Artillery Regiment 10
  • SS Aufklärungs Battalion 10
  • SS Sturmgeschütz Battalion 10
  • SS Panzerjäger Battalion 10
  • SS Flak Battalion 10
  • SS Pionier Battalion 10
  • SS Panzer Signal Battalion 10
  • SS Verwaltungs Troop 10
  • SS Instandsetzungs Battalion 10
  • SS Medical Battalion 10
  • SS Supply Battalion 10
  • SS Field Post Department 10
  • SS War Reporter Platoon 10
  • SS Feldgendarmerie Troop 10

Area of operations

  • France, (January 1943 – March 1944 on formation)
  • Eastern FrontEastern Front (World War II)|, Southern sector (March 1944 – April 1944)
  • Poland, (April 1944 – June 1944)
  • France, (June 1944 – September 1944)
  • Belgium & the Netherlands, (September 1944 – October 1944)
  • West Germany, (October 1944 – February 1945)
  • Northwest Germany, (February 1945 – March 1945)
  • East Germany & Czechoslovakia, (March 1945 – May 1945)
  • Surrender and disbanded

External links

  • The Combat History of the 10th SS Panzer Division "Frundsberg" at Stenger Historica