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The Allgemeine-SS regional commands comprised the regional Allgemeine-SS units (SS-Oberabschnitt) that were part of the units and commands of the Schutzstaffel (SS) during the Nazi era. The regional commands covered Austria and Germany.

CommandsEdit

Many of the commanders of the regional units also served as SS and Police Leaders. By 1942, the existing Oberabschnitt commands were as follows:

Designation Headquarters Years of Operation Last commander Notes
AlpenlandSalzburgJune 1, 1939 – May 8, 1945SS-Brigadeführer Hermann HarmOne of two major Oberabschnitt in Austria
Böhmen-MährenPragueApril 1, 1944 – May 8, 1945SS-Oberführer Emanuel SladekPrimary Oberabschnitt in Czechoslovakia
DonauViennaMay 30, 1938 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Walter SchimanaFormed from Oberabschnitt Österreich in 1938
ElbeDresdenApril 4, 1936 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Ludolf von AlvenslebenFormed from Oberabschnitt Mitte in 1936
Fulda-WerraArolsenJanuary 1, 1937 – May 8, 1945SS-Obergruppenführer Josias Erbprinz zu Waldeck-Pyrmont
Lothringen-SaarpfalzSaarbrückenOctober 1, 1940 – October 15, 1941SS-Gruppenführer Theodor BerkelmannRenamed Oberabschnitt Westmark in 1941
MainNurembergApril 1, 1936 – May 8, 1945SS-Brigadeführer Benno Martin
MitteBraunschweigApril 1, 1936 – May 8, 1945SS-Obergruppenführer Rudolf QuernerFormed from Oberabschnitt Nordwest in 1936
NordHamburgOctober 1, 1932 – April 20, 1940SS-Gruppenführer Hans-Adolf PrützmannDivided into Oberabschnitts Nordsee and Ostsee in 1940
NordostKönigsbergDecember 15, 1933 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Otto Hellwig
NordseeAltonaApril 20, 1940 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Georg von Bassewitz-BehrFormed from Oberabschnitt Nord in 1940
NordwestOsloApril 20, 1940 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Wilhelm RediessPrimary Oberabschnitt in Norway.
Ost(1)BerlinNovember 16, 1933 – November 14, 1939SS-Obergruppenführer Sepp DietrichOne of the original SS-Gruppen formed in 1929. Known as SS-Gruppe Ost until 1934, renamed Oberabschnitt Spree in 1939 no titular after Sepp Dietrich
Ost(2)KrakauSeptember 15, 1942 – May 8, 1945SS-Obergruppenführer Wilhelm KoppePrimary Oberabschnitt in Poland. Named from former Oberabschnitt Ost located in Germany
OstlandRigaDecember 12, 1941 – March 3, 1945SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich JeckelnPrimary Oberabschnitt in Latvia
ÖsterreichViennaFebruary 15, 1934 – May 30, 1938SS-Oberführer Ernst KaltenbrunnerRenamed as Oberabschnitt Donau in 1938
OstseeStettinFebruary 1, 1940 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Emil MazuwFormed from Oberabschnitt Nord in 1940
RheinKoblenzJanuary 1, 1934 – September 11, 1943SS-Gruppenführer Theodor BerkelmannMerged with Oberabschnitt Westmark in 1943 to form Oberabschnitt Rhein-Westmark
Rhein-WestmarkWiesbadenSeptember 11, 1943 – March 24, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Jürgen StroopFormed from Oberabschnitts Rhein and Westmark in 1943
SpreeBerlinNovember 14, 1939 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Max Schneller (permanent deputy)Known as Oberabschnitt Ost until 1939. Previous name then assigned to a new Oberabschnitt formed in Poland
SüdMunichApril 4, 1936 – April 20, 1945SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Karl Freiherr von EbersteinLongest Oberabschnitt in continuous existence, known originally as SS-Gruppe Süd
SüdostBrieg and BreslauMarch 15, 1932 – May 8, 1945SS-Obergruppenführer Richard Hildebrandt
SüdwestStuttgartNovember 16, 1933 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Otto Hofmann
UkrainaKievDecember 1, 1941 – September 2, 1944SS-Obergruppenführer Hans-Adolf PrützmannPrimary Oberabschnitt in the Ukraine
WarthePosenOctober 26, 1939 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Willy Schmelcher
WeichselDanzigNovember 9, 1939 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Fritz Katzmann
WestDüsseldorfNovember 18, 1929 – May 8, 1945SS-Gruppenführer Karl GutenbergerKnown originally as SS-Gruppe West
WestmarkNeustadt & MetzOctober 15, 1941 – September 11, 1943SS-Gruppenführer Theodor BerkelmannMerged with Oberabschnitt Rhein in 1943 to become Oberabschnitt Rhein-Westmark

ReferencesEdit

  • Yerger, Mark C. Allgemeine-SS: The Commands, Units, and Leaders of the General SS, Schiffer Publishing (1997). ISBN 0-7643-0145-4

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