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"Der Krieg an sich ist nichts, er bindet nicht und er löst nicht.
Erst die Probleme, die er aufwirt, machen ihn zum Schicksal".

"War itself means nothing, it does not create bonds nor does it loosen them.
It is the problems which it throws up which make it fateful".

E.W. Möller, Kriegsberichter 'Wiking'









Order of Battle 1940-45


Divisional Headquarters
- Divisional Staff (32 Officers, 143 NCOs and enlisted)

Divisional Commander
- Maps and the divisional war diary, liaison with neighbouring units, and structuring component units of the division.

Ia (I General Staff Officer)
- The Chief of Operations, dealt with all areas of the command and tactical control of the units of the division, as well as areas of leadership, training, transport, housing, air-raid protection, evaluation, presentation of combat options to the commander, and also stood in as the commander when the commander himself was not available.


Ib (II General Staff Officer) (Supply and Administration)
- Directed the supply and workshop units of the division, field police, provost marshall and field post office units.

O2 (1st Assistant Adjutant)
- Assisted the Ib and handled the organization of all back line services.

Ib/WuG (Waffen und Geräte - Weapons and Equipment).
- Responsible for replacement, repair, supply, and maintenance of ammunition, weapons and non-specialized equipment.

Ib/Kfz (Divisional Engineer).
- Provided for replacement and supply of motor vehicles, spare parts, tires, fuel, etc. as well as traffic control, the workshop companies, fuel points and columns.

Ic (III General Staff Officer).
- Intelligence. Responsible for interrogation of POWs, radio intercept work, etc.

O3 (Third Assistant Adjutant).
- Assisted the Ic, oversaw map unit and interpreters at division HQ.

Id (Training)

IIa (Adjutant)
- Handled administration such as loss and casualty reports, rosters, etc. as well as administration relating to officers - replacements, promotions, decorations, leaves, punishment.

IIb (Division Assistant Adjutant)
- Handled administrative matters described above regarding the NCOs and men and oversaw the divisional orderly room.

III (Chief of Feldjustizamt - legal branch)
- In charge of divisional courts-martial, civilian relations, legal matters.

IVa (Head of Intendantur).
- Supplies, clothing, medical, dental, pay matters, canteens, housekeeping needs, etc.

IVb (Divisional Surgeon)
- Commanded the medical services simultaneous with this position, responsible for sanitation and hygiene, movement and treatment of sick and injured soldiers, procurement and maintenance of medical equipment.

IVz (Divisional Paymaster)

IVe (Chief Chaplain)
- While regular divisions had 2 chaplains (one Catholic, one Protestant) Grossdeutschland was forbidden from having chaplains after holding mass at Notre Dame in 1940. Divisional level chaplain support was provided as needed from the Corps level.

Map Section
- Eight men charged with reproducing maps, overprinting captured maps, shot diagrams for the divisional artillery, etc. (Under O3, Divisions Assistant Nachrichten Officer)

Headquarters Company (under Divisions O4)
A 219-man Divisional Escort Company was added to Divisional headquarters, this unit was intended to guard divisional headquarters, serve as a mobile reserve, and was in essence a small battle group suited to all operational circumstances. It included, according to varying sources, some or all of the following:

- Rifle Platoon
- Motorcycle Platoon
- Heavy Machinegun/Mortar Platoon
- Infantry Platoon
- Heavy Anti-Tank Platoon
- Self-Propelled Flak Platoon
- Mixed Anti-Tank (Panzerjäger) Platoon

Feldgendarmerie (Military Police)
Military Police Troop - Numbering one platoon of men, the Military Police detachment (recruited like the rest of the Army's MPs from civilian police) were equipped with light cars and motorcycles. Almost all military policemen not holding officer rank were NCOs (Unteroffizier or higher) excepting some drivers, in order to provide authority for their duties - including maintenance of discipline, but most importantly collection of prisoners and traffic control duties. Grossdeutschland had several hundred motorized vehicles which had to be moved over great distances both rapidly and efficiently.

Kriegsberichter (War Correspondent Platoon)
Responsible for recruitment and propaganda literature. Grossdeutschland was unusual in having its own correspondents permanently assigned to the division.

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SS-Division (mot.) Germania
November 1940 - January 1941

Stab
SS-Regiment Germania
SS-Regiment Nordland
SS-Regiment Westland
SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5
SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
1. und 2. Sanitärs-Kompanie
1-3 Werkstatt-Kompanie



SS-Division (mot.) Wiking
January 1941 - 9 November 1942


Stab
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Germania
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Nordland
SS-Infanterie-Regiment Westland
SS-Artillerie-Regiment 5
SS-Artillerie-Meßbatterie
SS-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5
SS-Pionier-Bataillon 5
SS-Panzerjäger-Abteilung 5
SS-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 5
SS-Fla-M.G.-Bataillon
Nachschub-Dienste
Sanitäts-Dienste
Ordnungsdienste


5.SS-Panzer Grenadier Division Wiking
9 November 1942 - October 1943

Divisionsstab
SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug
SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trupp


SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment GERMANIA
    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            1.-3.Kompanie
            4.(schwere) Kompanie
    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            5.-7.Kompanie
            8.(schwere) Kompanie
    - III.(gep.)/SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
[as of 1944 with the division]
            9.-11.Kompanie
            12.(schwere) Kompanie


SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment WESTLAND
    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            1.-3.Kompanie
            4.(schwere) Kompanie
    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            5.-7.Kompanie
            8.(schwere) Kompanie
    - III./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            9.-11.Kompanie
            12.(schwere) Kompanie


SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment NORDLAND [18.3.1943 transferred to 11.SS-Pz.Gren.Division NORDLAND]
    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            1.-3.Kompanie
            4.(schwere) Kompanie
    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            5.-7.Kompanie
            8.(schwere) Kompanie
    - III.(Finn.)/SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
[detached  at 11.7.1943 and finally disbanded]
            9.-11.Kompanie
            12.(schwere) Kompanie


SS-Panzer Regiment 5
    - I./SS-Pz.Abteilung
            Stabs Kompanie
            1.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. II

            2.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. III
            3.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. III
            4.Kompanie - Pz.Kpfw. IV

SS-Panzerjäger Abteilung 5
            Stabs Kompanie
            1.-4.Kompanie

SS-StuG Abteilung 5 (planned)

SS-Panzer Artillerie Regiment 5
    - I./SS-Pz.Artillerie.Btl
            1.-4.Batterie
    - II./SS-Pz.Artillerie.Btl
            5.-8.Batterie
    - III./SS-Pz.Artillerie.Btl
            9.-12.Batterie

SS-FlaK Abteilung 5
            Stabs Kompanie
            1.-4.Kompanie

SS-Werfer Abteilung 5
            Stabs Batterie
            1.-4.Batterie

SS-Panzer Nachrichten Abteilung 5
            Stabs Kompanie
            1.-2.Kompanie

SS-Panzer Aufklarungs Abteilung 5
            Stabs Kompanie
            1.-4.Kompanie

SS-Panzer Pionier Batallion 5
            Stabs Kompanie
            1.-4.Kompanie


SS-Instandsetzungs Abteilung 5
            2 Werkstatt Kompanien           
            3 kleine Nachschub Kompanie
            1 Kraftfahr Kompanie

SS-Wirtschafts Batallion 5
            1 Verwaltungs Kompanie

SS-Sanitäts Batallion 5
            1 Sanitäts Kompanie
            1 Krankenfrafwagen Kompanie

SS-Ausbildungs und Ersatz Batallion 5
            1-5.Kompanie


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5.SS-Panzer Division Wiking
October 1943 - May 1945

Divisionsstab
SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug 5
SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trupp 5


SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 9 GERMANIA
    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            1.-3.Kompanie
            4.(schwere) Kompanie
    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            5.-7.Kompanie
            8.(schwere) Kompanie
    - III.(gep.)/SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            9.-11.Kompanie
            12.(schwere) Kompanie

SS-Panzer Grenadier Regiment 10 WESTLAND
    - I./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            1.-3.Kompanie
            4.(schwere) Kompanie
    - II./SS-Pz.Gren.Btl
            5.-7.Kompanie
            8.(schwere) Kompanie
    - III./Estnischen SS-Pz.Gren.Btl NARWA
[attached on 23.3.1943 and detached on March 1944 when it returned to Estonia and was reformed into SS-Füsilier Batallion 20 of the forming 20. Estnische SS-Freiwilligen-Division.]
            9.-11.Kompanie
            12.(schwere) Kompanie

SS-Panzer Regiment 5
    - I./SS-Pz.Abteilung 5
            1.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. IV]
            2.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. IV]
            3.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. IV]
            4.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. IV]

    - II./SS-Pz.Abteilung 5
            1.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]
            2.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]
            3.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]
            4.Kompanie - [17 Pz.Kpfw. V Panther]

SS-Panzerjager-Abteilung 5

            1.Kompanie [StuG]
            2.Kompanie [StuG]
            3.Kompanie [14 Pak 7,5cm]

SS-Panzer-Aufklarungs-Abteilung 5
            1.Kompanie [Panzer Spähwagen]
            2.-4.Kompanie [Krad and VW]
            5.(schwere) Kompanie [SPW]

SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 5

    - I./SS-Panzer Artillerie Abteilung 5
            1.-2.Batterie - [Sf. FH 10,5cm Wespe]
            3.Batterie - [Sf. FH 15cm Hummel]
     - II./SS-Panzer Artillerie Abteilung 5
            4.-5.Batterie - [FH 15cm ]
    - III./SS-Panzer Artillerie Abteilung 5
            6.-7.Batterie - [FH 15cm]
            8.Batterie - [FKanone 10cm]

SS-Flak-Abteilung 5

            1.Batterie  [12 Flak 2cm]
            2.Batterie [9 Flak 3,7cm]
            3.Batterie [4 Flak 8,8cm]

SS-Werfer-Abteilung 5

            Stabs Batterie
            1.-4.Batterie

SS-Panzer-Nachrichten-Abteilung 5

            1.Kompanie [Fernsprecher]
            2.Kompanie [Funker]

SS-Panzer-Pionier-Batallion 5

            1.-2.Kompanie (mot.)
            3.Kompanie (gep.)

SS-Dina 5


SS-Instandsetzungs-Abteilung 5

            2 Werkstatt Kompanien           
            3 kleine Nachschub Kompanie
            1 Kraftfahr Kompanie

SS-Wirtschafts-Batallion 5

            1 Verwaltungs Kompanie

SS-Sanitats-Abteilung 5

            1 Sanitäts Kompanie
            1 Krankenfrafwagen Kompanie

SS-Ausbildungs und Feldersatz-Batallion 5

            1.-5.Kompanie


I./SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 23 "Norge"
[as of 16.11.1944 with the division, original a part of the 11.SS-Pz.Gren.Division Nordland]
            1.-3.Kompanie
            4.(schwere) Kompanie

I./SS-Panzer-Grenadier-Regiment 24 "Danmark"
[as of 16.11.1944 with the division, original a part of the 11.SS-Pz.Gren.Division Nordland]

            1.-3.Kompanie
            4.(schwere) Kompanie


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