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27. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Langemarck"

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Frw. Legion Flandern
Naming History: 07/1941: SS-Freiwilligen-Legion-Flandern
05/1943: SS-Sturmbrigade "Langemarck"
10/1943: SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade "Langemarck"
10/1944: 27.SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Division "Langemarck" (Flemish No. 1)
Divisional Status: in name only
Nationality: Flemish
Fought in: Pomerania
Fate: Unknown

By late September 1944 most of Belgium had been liberated. Many Flemish collaborators accompanied the retreating Germans. These collaborators now found themselves deprived of their citizenship and unemployed in Germany. On 30 October 1944, the 6th Brigade was sent to Luneburger Heath, Germany. The physically fit were drafted into the new designated Waffen-SS division, the "27. Freiwilligen-Grenadier Division der SS Langemarck."

(Frw. Legion Fladern Cuff Title)

The new division that consisted of the original 3000 men was under strength but was augmented by incorporating former Flemish Luftwaffe, Kriegsmarine, NSKK and Organization Todt personnel, totaling 15,000 men.

This division was originally placed under SS-Ostubf. Konrad Schellog who oversaw the Division's development but he was soon replaced by Standartenführer Thomas Muller, who had temporarily commanded the 17th SS Pz-Gren Div. "Gotz von Berlichingen."

Because of the collapsing eastern front a special Battle-Group was assembled near Luneburger Heath on the 24 December 1944. The Battle-Group, which was under the command of Ostufbaf. Schellong consisted of the following: I Battalion of SS Rgt 66, I Batalion of SS Rgt 67 and SS Anti-tank Detachment 27. Part of the Divisional Staff was also attached to the group. By early February 1945 a 2000 men battlegroup was in the Pomerania defensive front where it was virtually annihilated in the closing months of the war. They continued fighting defensive actions around the Stettin region. After pulling out of Stettin the Battle-Group was rebuilt near the villages of Brussow and Retzin. Replacements came from the divisional training camp, the bulk of SS Rgt 68 plus the original three battalions formed a 4000 men Battle-Group. The refitted Battle-Group Schellong entered the frontlines along the west bank of the northern Oder River. After constant defensive battles some remnants of the division and battle-group ended at Macklenburg surrendering to the Russians in May 1945. The Flemish volunteers wore the cuff band "LANGEMARCK." In addition, they also wore on their left shoulder the German made cloth shield showing a black lion on a yellow background.
Text by: Rene Chavez