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31.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division military mug

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11oz 31.SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division mug

31. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier-Division was formed in October 1944 from conscripted volksdeutsche (ethnic Germans), mainly from the Batschka region of Hungary, around a cadre from the disbanded Kama division.It fought briefly against the Soviets in Hungary in November 1944 where it suffered heavy losses. After refitting with the addition of manpower from SS-Polizei-Regiment Brixen it saw action in Silesia during the final months of the war.

war crimes
In the village of Tscherwenka (Czervenka), Hungary (present day Serbia), 1944 soldiers of this division took part in the killing of Jews previously used as slave labour in the mines. (1)Commanders
SS-Brigadeführer Gustav Lombard (1 Oct 1944 - 8 May 1945) Operations Officer (Ia)
SS-Sturmbannführer Otto Reuter (1 Oct 1944 - 1 Mar 1945) SS-Hauptsturmführer Marzel Reichel (1 Mar 1945 - 8 May 1945) Quartermaster (Ib)
SS-Obersturmführer Ernst-Friedrich Fritscher (1 Oct 1944 - 5 Nov 1944) SS-Obersturmführer Anton Büntgen (5 Nov 1944 - 1945) SS-Obersturmführer Johann Lehner (1 Mar 1945 - 1945) Area of operations
Hungary & Czechoslovakia (Oct 1944 - May 1945) Manpower strength
Dec 1944 11.000 Nicknames
Kukuruz Division (Corn Division – a reference to the many farmers of the cornfields of Hungary’s Batschka region who served in the division)Division LombardDivision BatschkaAccording to some sources this division was named Böhmen-Mähren while others claim that the name was Batschka. Both names are incorrectly applied – the division never possessed an honorific title or a subtitle in its name indicating ethnic origin. Batschka was, however, used informally as a nickname.Order of battle
SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 78- I./SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 78- II./SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 78- III./SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 78SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 79- I./SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 79- II./SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 79- III./SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 79SS-Freiwilligen Grenadier Regiment 80SS-Artillerie Regiment 31- I./SS-Artillerie Regiment 31- II./SS-Artillerie Regiment 31- III./SS-Artillerie Regiment 31- IV./SS-Artillerie Regiment 31SS-Füsilier-Bataillon 31SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 31SS-Nachschub-Truppen 31SS-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 31SS-Pionier-Bataillon 31SS-Kranken-Transport-Kompanie 31SS-Veterinär-Kompanie 31Feldpostamt