“SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 Denmark” was part of “11. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nordland“. The regiment consisted of three battalions.
The regiment was the founded simultaneously with the division in July 1943, as part of the III Germanske SS-Panzerkorps (chief SS-Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner)
The foundation of the regiment was the recently decommissioned Free Corps Denmark, but regiment 24 was accessed not only by Danish volunteers, but also Germans and a number of Romanian home Germans; the so-called “Siebenbürgere”.
First, Regiment 24 Denmark was deployed in the anti-partisan fight in Hrastovica, Sisak, Glina and Petrinja in Yugoslavia. In Hrastovica, the 5th company was ambushed.
During the Christmas Days of 1943, the regiment was transferred to the Eastern Front west of Leningrad. From Leningrad, it gradually retreats over Narva, where there are unusually tough battles. They are followed by similarly fierce battles at the mounds of Kinderheim, Grenader and 69.9 down towards Riga and westwards towards Kurland. Then withdraw over the port city of Libau, today called Lipaja.
In Berlin, Regiment 24 takes part in the last fighting over Neukölln to Berlin Stadtmitte and Tiergarten. From here, the regiment’s organized resistance ceases. A few units escape from Berlin over Neuruppin, Velfen, and further to the northwest to surrender to U.S. forces. Other units surrender to the Russians.
SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 “Denmark” was a regiment in the 11th SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Nordland”. The plan was to expand the SS-Regiment “Nordland” from 5th SS-Division “Wiking” to an SS Division of the same name.
SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 24 “Danmark” was officially established on 6 May 1943, but the regiment could not really begin until 20 May 1943, when Free Corps Denmark was abolished and many of the Danish volunteers were transferred to the new SS-Regiment Danmark. The Danes alone could not fill the ranks of an entire SS Regiment and therefore the rows were filled with Germans and “Germans” from Romania.
The 11th SS-Panzergrenadier-Division “Nordland” was deployed in the battle line from September 1943 to the bitter battles of Berlin in April and May 1945, the unit was almost constant on the front line. In the 17 months the division was in combat, 29 knight’s crosses were awarded. That’s an average of 1.71 knight’s crosses per month. By comparison, the most decorated SS-Division “Das Reich” had an average of 1.22 knight’s cross per month. In this light, the SS-Division “Nordland” must be described as one of Germany’s absolute elite units.
Establishment and training in Germany: March 1943 – September 1943
Education and partisan combat in Croatia: September 1943 – December 1943
Front effort at the Oranienbaum pocket in Russia: December 1943 – February 2, 1944
Front line effort at Narwa in Estonia: 2 February 1944 – 21 September 1944
Front line effort in Kurland, Latvia: 22 September 1944 – 30 January 1945
Front line effort in Pomerania (Arnswalde, Stargard, Altdamm): 5 February 1945 – March 1945
Front line effort in Berlin: March 1945 – 2 May 1945
The first battalion of the SS-Regiment “Denmark” and SS-Regiment “Norge” was withdrawn from the front line in the spring of 1944 after heavy battles with heavy casualties. Both battalions were sent back to Germany to re-fill the ranks. However, none of the battalions returned to the SS-Division “Nordland”. From 16 November 1944 to 8 May 1945, battalions participated in battles in Hungary under the 5th SS-Panzer Division “Wiking”.
Denmark in WWII
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