Basic Organization of Infanterie-Regiment (mot) in SS and HG Division (mot)

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LSSAH (mot) in 1939 Table 22. Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (mot) in 1939

Firepower of LSSAH (mot) in 1939 Table 23. Firepower of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (mot) in 1939

SS-VT in 1940 Table 24. SS-VT Standarte (mot) in 1940

Firepower of SS-VT in 1940 Table 25. Firepower of SS-VT Standarte (mot) in 1940

SS-Totenkopf in 1940 Table 26. SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot) in 1940

Firepower of SS-Totenkopf in 1940 Table 27. Firepower of SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot) in 1940

Creation of the first three SS-Standarte. The official history of the SS (Schutzstaffel, security staff) could be sort back to the date of 1929 when Hienrici Himmler was appointed as commander of the SS. The SS was originated as a political formation which provided personal security for important members of the Nazi party in the early 1930s. After Adolf Hitler siezed the power in 1933, he ordered to establish the Stabswache (headquarter guard) as his personal security staff. The personnel of the Stabswache was carefully selected from the SS member and Sepp Dietrich, one of the Hitler's favorite officer, was appointed as commander of the Stabswache. The Stabswache was later officially renamed as "Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, LSSAH" on 3rd Sep 1933. The "LSSAH" became the very first Standarte (equal to the Regiment in Heer) of the SS. Meanwhile the "Politische Bereitschaften" was also established in major cities in Germany during 1933. They were the "political police" to suppress the anti-Nazi power in Germany. They were reorganized and renamed as "SS-VT" (SS-Verfügungs truppe, SS special duty troops) in 1935. Paul Hausser, the inspector of SS-VT, further organized the SS-VT units into two Standarte, SS-Standarte "Deutschland" and SS-Standarte "Germania" in 1936. A third SS-Standarte "Der Führer" joined the SS-VT in 1938. The SS-VT became the second groups of SS-Standarte of the SS. In addition, the "SS Totenkopf verbaende" (SS deaths head uints) were also raised in 1933. They wer recruit from the guards of the concentration camps or political prisons. Several Standarte were raised in the period before 1939. They were under the command of Theodor Eicke. The Totenkopf became the third groups of SS-Standarte of the SS. The first three groups of SS-Standarte began a slow but steady expansion since 1933 and they grew far beyond the requirement of a simple armed security staff. Finally they became a military group with 38 divisions and over a half million men. Generally speaking, all of them were originated from the first three groups of SS-Standarte: LSSAH, SS-VT and Totenkopf.

Organization of the "LSSAH" before 1940. At first the LSSAH had only 120 men in 1933 but it later expanded to four Sturmbann (equal to the Bataillon in Heer) in 1938. Although the SS was not part of the Wehrmacht, they were still organized along the same priciples as Heer. The fourth Sturmbann of the LSSAH was a guard unit stationed in Berlin and it is not considered as a combat unit in this moment. So the LSSAH just like Heeres motorized infantry regiment with three battalions, but it had more supportive units including one motorcycle infantry company, one engineer platoon and one armored car platoon (Table 22). All of them were fully motorized. The Sturmbann had three motorized infantry companies and one motorized machine gun company. They share the same formation as other Heeres motorized infantry regiments.

Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (mot)

Standarte-StabNachricht-ZugKradinfanterie-ZugPioniere-ZugPanzerspaeh-Zug

III. Sturmbann-Stab II. Sturmbann-Stab I. Sturmbann-Stab
12. MG-Kompanie (mot)9. to 11. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot) 8. MG-Kompanie (mot)5. to 7. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot) 4. MG-Kompanie (mot)1. to 3. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot)

15. Panzerabwehr-Kompanie (mot) 14. leichte IG-Kompanie (mot)13. Kradinfanterie-Kompanie

Table 22. Basic organization of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (mot) on 1 Sep 1939.

The firepower of the Standarte was at the same level as compared with that of the Heeres regiment except the additional motorcycle infantry company (Table 23).

Firepower of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler

LMG/HMG 2 cm/3.7 cm Pak 5 cm/8 cm Mortar 7.5 cm IG
Stab 11/0 4/0 0 0
I. Sturmbann 27/14 0 9/6 0
II. Sturmbann 27/14 0 9/6 0
III. Sturmbann 27/14 0 9/6 0
13. Kompanie 9/2 0 3/0 0
14. Kompanie 0 0 0 8
15. Kompanie 4/0 0/12 0 0
Total 105/44 4/12 30/18 8

Table 23. Firepower distribution of Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler on 1 Sep 1939, LMG: light machine gun, HMG: heavy machine gun, IG: infantry gun.

After the Polish Campaign the LSSAH received an additional heavy infantry gun company as 16. Kompanie in each Sturmbann on 21 Jan 1940. The last four companies were further organized under a new IV. schwere Sturmbann-Stab on 17 Apr 1940 and meanwhile an SS-Artillerie-Standarte was subordinated under the LSSAH. The reinforced LSSAH was finally reoganized and renamed as LSSAH-Brigade on 19 Aug 1940.


Organization of the "SS-VT" Standarte before 1940. The organization of the three SS-VT Standarte ("Germania", "Deutschland" and "Der Führer") was almost the same as that of the LSSAH before Polish Campaign. During Polish Campaign the SS-Standarte "Deutschland" was subordinated under the Panzer-Verband "Kempf", the other two SS-Standarte were under Heeres Korps command. After the Polish Campaign the three SS-Standarte were subordinated under the new "SS-VT" Division (mot) on 1 Apr 1940. At the same time the pioneer platoon was expanded as a full company as the 16. Kompanie in each Sturmbann (Table 24).

SS-VT Standarte (mot)

Standarte-StabNachricht-ZugKradinfanterie-ZugPanzerspaeh-Zug

III. Sturmbann-Stab II. Sturmbann-Stab I. Sturmbann-Stab
12. MG-Kompanie (mot)9. to 11. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot) 8. MG-Kompanie (mot)5. to 7. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot) 4. MG-Kompanie (mot)1. to 3. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot)

16. Pioniere-Kompanie (mot)15. Panzerjaeger-Kompanie (mot) 14. leichte IG-Kompanie (mot)13. Kradinfanterie-Kompanie

Table 24. Basic organization of SS-VT Standarte on 10 May 1940.

The firepower of the Standarte was at the same level as compared with that of the Heeres regiment except the additional motorcycle infantry company and motorized pioneer company (Table 25).

Firepower of SS-VT Standarte

LMG/HMG 2 cm/3.7 cm Pak 5 cm/8 cm Mortar 7.5 cm IG
Stab 11/0 4/0 0 0
I. Sturmbann 27/14 0 9/6 0
II. Sturmbann 27/14 0 9/6 0
III. Sturmbann 27/14 0 9/6 0
13. Kompanie 9/2 0 3/0 0
14. Kompanie 0 0 0 8
15. Kompanie 4/0 0/12 0 0
16. Kompanie 9/0 0 0 0
Total 114/44 4/12 30/18 8

Table 25. Firepower distribution of SS-VT Standarte on 10 May 1940, LMG: light machine gun, HMG: heavy machine gun, IG: infantry gun.


Organization of the "Totenkopf" Verbaende before 1940. The "SS Totenkopf verbaende" consisted of guard units from the concentration camps formed into military units and trained for combat. These Totenkopf verbaende were raised as ordinary foot infantry regiments. The bulk of the Totenkopf verbaende was formed into the SS-Totenkopf-Division on 16 Oct 1939 and became motorized gradually during 1939 to 1940. The organization of the Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot) was the same as that of other SS-Standarte (mot), the regiment had three battalions and two fire supportive companies (Table 26). There were three (SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment 1, 2, and 3) fully motorized infantry regiments in the SS-Totenkopf-Division (mot) by May 1940.

SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot)

Regiment-StabNachricht-ZugKradinfanterie-ZugPioniere-Zug

III. Sturmbann-Stab II. Sturmbann-Stab I. Sturmbann-Stab
12. MG-Kompanie (mot)9. to 11. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot) 8. MG-Kompanie (mot)5. to 7. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot) 4. MG-Kompanie (mot)1. to 3. Infanterie-Kompanie (mot)

14. Panzerjaeger-Kompanie (mot)13. leichte IG-Kompanie (mot)

Table 26. Basic organization of SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot) on 10 May 1940.

The detail organization at the company level of the SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot) was quite different from that of the other SS-Standarte. The heavy machine guns were withdrew from each company and concentrated in the machine gun company and the number of the light machine gun in each company was also raised to compenste the lack of heavy machine guns (Table 27).

Firepower of SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot)

LMG/HMG 3.7 cm Pak 5 cm/8 cm Mortar 7.5 cm IG
Stab 7/0 0 0 0
I. Sturmbann 36/12 0 9/6 0
II. Sturmbann 36/12 0 9/6 0
III. Sturmbann 36/12 0 9/6 0
13. Kompanie 0 0 0 8
14. Kompanie 4/0 12 0 0
Total 119/36 12 27/18 8

Table 27. Firepower distribution of SS-Totenkopf Infanterie-Regiment (mot) on 10 May 1940, LMG: light machine gun, HMG: heavy machine gun, IG: infantry gun.

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