The 10. SS-Panzer-Division "Frundsberg" was mainly formed from conscripts as a reserve for the anticipated invasion of France. Many of the recruits from the ReichsArbeitsDienst (RAD), the national labour service. It first saw action at Tarnopol in April 1944 where it took part in rescuing German troops from the Kamenets-Podolsk pocket. It was then sent to Normandy to counter the Allied landings, where, along with the 9. SS Division "Hohenstaufen", it took part in fighting against the Allied Operation Epsom. The division suffered heavy casualties and retreated into Belgium before being sent to rest and be reconstituted near Arnhem, Holland where it soon had to fight the Allied parachute assault during Operation Market Garden at Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, when together with the 9th SS Panzer division it constituted the II SS Panzer Corps. After rebuilding, it fought in the Alsace in January 1945. It was then sent to the Eastern Front, where it fought against the Red Army in Pomerania and then Saxony. Encircled at the Halbe Pocket, the division had many losses but managed to break out of the encirclement and retreat through Moritzburg, before reaching the area of Teplice in Czechoslovakia, where the division surrendered to the US Army at the end of the war.
SS-Panzergrenadier-Division 10 (Feb 1943 - June 1943) SS-Panzergrenadier-Division 10 Karl der Grosse (June 1943 - Oct 1943) SS-Panzer-Division 10 Frundsberg (Oct 1943) 10. SS-Panzer-Division Frundsberg (Oct 1943 - May 1945)
SS-Standartenführer Michael Lippert (? Jan 1943 - 15 Feb 1943) SS-Gruppenführer Lothar Debes (15 Feb 1943 - 15 Nov 1943) SS-Gruppenführer Karl Fischer von Treuenfeld (15 Nov 1943 - 27 Apr 1944) SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Harmel (27 Apr 1944 - ? Apr 1945) SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Roestel (? Apr 1945 - 8 May 1945)
Chief of Staff
SS-Obersturmbannführer Braun (? Feb 1943 - ? Mar 1943) SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Lingner (? Mar 1943 - ? Aug 1944) ? Büthe (? Sep 1944 - ? Oct 1944) SS-Sturmbannführer Hans-Joachim Stolley (? Nov 1944 - 1 Mar 1945)
SS-Sturmbannführer Georg-Waldemar Rösch (? Mar 1943 - 1 Mar 1945)
Area of operations
France (Jan 1943 - Mar 1944) Eastern front, southern sector (Mar 1944 - Apr 1944) Poland (Apr 1944 - June 1944) France (June 1944 - Sep 1944) Belgium & Netherlands (Sep 1944 - Oct 1944) Western Germany (Oct 1944 - Feb 1945) Northeastern Germany (Feb 1945 - Mar 1945) Eastern Germany & Czechoslovakia (Mar 1945 - May 1945)
Dec 1943 - 19,313 June 1944 - 13,552 Dec 1944 - 15,542
Georg von Frundsberg (24 Sept. 1473 – 20 August 1528), somewhat one of the forefathers of modern infantry, was an Imperial military commander and leader of the Landsknechte under Maximilian I. and Karl V, who led his troops against the French, the Swiss, the Venetians and in the Low Countries. After having distinguished himself through bravery in the battle at Regensburg in 1504, the Emperor knighted him on the scene. Among others, von Frundsberg achieved victories at Bicocca (1522) and Pavia (1525).
From April 1943 to early November 1943, the division was named “Karl der Große” (Charles the Great), but due to objections from Hitler, who did not count this emperor among his favorite historical personalities, it was re-named on 20 November 1943.
Holders of high awards
Holders of the German Cross in Gold (20) Holders of the German Cross in Silver (2) - Rösch, Georg-Waldemar, 18.04.1945, SS-Sturmbannführer, Ib 10. SS-Pz.Div. “Frundsberg” - Schill, Gerhard, 24.11.1944, SS-Sturmbannführer, Div.Int. (IVa) 10. SS-Pz.Div. “Frundsberg” Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Heer (3) - Gebhardt, Rolf, 00.00.1945, Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel, 1.(I.Zg)/SS-Pz.Rgt. 10 - Hummelberger, Hans, 27.06.1944, SS-Untersturmführer, 6./SS-Pz.Gren.Rgt. 21 - Küffner, Gottfried, 25.08.1944, SS-Hauptscharführer, 2./SS-Pz.Aufkl.Abt. 10 Holders of the Knight's Cross (15, including two unofficial/unconfirmed) Unit-Level Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army for Shooting Down Aircraft (1) - SS-Panzer-Aufklärungs-Abteilung 10
Order of battle
SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 21 SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 22 SS-Panzer-Regiment 10 SS-Panzer-Artillerie-Regiment 10 SS-Kradschützen-Regiment 10 SS Sturmgeschütz-Abteilung 10 SS Panzerjäger-Abteilung 10 SS Flak-Abteilung 10 SS Pionier-Abteilung 10 SS Panzer-Nachrichten-Abteilung 10 SS-Verwaltungs Truppen 10 SS-Instandsetzungs Abteilung 10 SS-Sanitäts-Abteilung 10 SS-Nachschub Truppen 10 SS-Feldpostamt 10 SS-Kriegsberichter-Zug 10 SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trupp 10
Hermann Behrends (SS-Gruppenführer, Reichstag deputy, deupty head of the Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle, VOMI, Höhere SS und Polizeiführer Serbien, Sandschack und Montenegro 1944) Günter Grass (author and playwright (The Tin Drum, Cat and Mouse, Dog Years, Crabwalk, Peeling the Onion, etc.); winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999; served as a tank gunner in the division in 1945) Sven-Erik Olsson (the only Swedish volunteer to receive the German Cross in Gold making him the one to receive the highest award) Franz Riedel (usually credited with 40+ destroyed tanks but the exact number is unknown)