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The Kradschuetzen in Waffen-SS before Russian Campaign

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The Kradschuetzen in Waffen-SS before Polish Campaign. There was no organic motorcycle rifle battalion in Waffen-SS at that time. There were four fully motorized SS regiments at that time and each regiment had one motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command.

The Kradschuetzen in Waffen-SS before French Campaign. There was no organic motorcycle rifle battalion in Waffen-SS at that time. The SS-VT Division (mot) had three fully motorized SS regiments at that time and each regiment had one motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command. The SS-Aufklaerung-Sturmbann (mot) (SS motorized reconnaissance battalion) in the division also had three motorcycle reconnaissance companies. The SS-Totenkopf Division (mot) had three fully motorized SS regiments at that time but there was no motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command. The only two motorcycle reconnaissance companies in the division belonged to the SS motorized reconnaissance battalion. The famous SS-Leibstandarte "Adolf Hitler" (mot) (SS motorized regiment "Adolf Hitler") had only one motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command.

The Kradschuetzen in Waffen-SS Division (mot) before Russian Campaign. The SS-Reich Division (mot) had three fully motorized SS regiments at that time and only the 11. SS Infanterie-Regiment (mot) remained one motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command. The other motorcycle rifle companies were extracted from the other two regiments to form the SS-Reich Kradschuetzen-Bataillon. The SS-Reich Aufklaerung-Abteilung (mot) (SS-Reich motorized reconnaissance battalion) in the division also had one motorcycle reconnaissance company. The SS-Totenkopf Division (mot) had three fully motorized SS regiments at that time and each regiment had one motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command. There were still two motorcycle reconnaissance companies in the SS-Totenkopf motorized reconnaissance battalion. The SS-Wiking Division (mot) had three fully motorized SS regiments at that time but there was no motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command. The only one motorcycle reconnaissance companies in the division belonged to the SS-Wiking motorized reconnaissance battalion. Thus only the SS-Reich Division (mot) had a motorcycle rifle battalion at that time.

The Kradschuetzen in other motorized Waffen-SS units before Russian Campaign. The famous Leibstandarte SS-Adolf Hitler (mot) (LSSAH motorized regiment) was expanded to a brigade on 19th August 1940. The brigade had four fully motorized SS battalions without organic motorcycle rifle battalion. There were two motorcycle reconnaissance companies in the motorized reconnaissance battalion. The SS-Brigade Nord (mot) (SS-Nord motorized brigade) had three fully motorized SS regiments at that time but there was no motorcycle rifle company under the regiment command. The only one motorcycle reconnaissance companies in the brigade belonged to the SS-Nord motorized reconnaissance battalion. The 1. SS Brigade RFSS was raised in May 1941 with two motorized SS regiments and one motorized artillery battalion. There was one motorized reconnaissance company under the brigade command at that time. The 2. SS Brigade RFSS was raised in May 1941 with two motorized SS regiments. There was no motorcycle rifle company in the brigade at that time.

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