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Foundy wrote:Hi Michael
Second time lucky !!, i typed this up the other day but when i came to preview it, i was logged out and it disapeared.
The confusion with the SS KB Zuges and the SS Kriegsberichter Kompanies stems from, what was actually planned, what was actually available to form the various units, and the final composition of the various units due to a lack of resources, losses ,re-assignments etc.
The original SS Kriegsberichter Kompanie was formed with 4 Zuges 1,2,3,& 4 assigned to DR,T,LAH & Polizei divisions.
The original kriegsberichter Kompanie expanded to become the SS Kriegsberichter Abteilung, with the number of numberred Zuges rising to 13 by May 1943.
Besides the various Halb Zuges & Trupps with various Legions, brigades etc and the Kommando, Kampfpropaganda and operation units.
In late May early July 1943 the first three SS Kriegsberichter Kompanies were gradually formed.
By November 1943 these Kompanies had a I Zug and a II Zug.
SS KB Zuges 1,2,3,5 are no longer shown,with these Zuges now becoming the I or II Zuges of the Kompanies.
As the SS Kriegsberichter Abteilung expanded into SS Standarte Kurt Eggers, the 4,5,6,& 7 Kriegsberichter Kompanies began to be formed between December 1943 and April 1944.
By January 1944 only the 4,6,7 numberred SS KB Zuges are shown, besides the various Halb Zuges & Trupps with various Legions, brigades etc and the Kommando, Kampfpropaganda and operation units.
The Kompanies were formed for the various SS Korps , but the composition of the Korps and the attached divisions etc varied so the Kompanies were not always tied with the Korps, and the various divisions sometimes had a Zug or the Kompanie attached.
In December 1943-january 1944.
SS Kriegsberichter Kompanie 1 is in the west with the forming I SS PzKps ,with the I zug in action with LAH in russia, and the II zug in Brussels.
SS Kriegsberichter Kompanie 2 is with II SS.Pz Kps in Russia and is mentioned as being in Vinnitsa.
With the zuges with divisions.
SS Kriegsberichter Kompanie 3 is shown with Wiking in Korun ,either with the I Zug or the I Zug and the Kompanie with the division?
Rolf D'Alquen is shown as Fuhrer SS Kriegsberichter Kompanie 3 in march 1944.
SS Kriegsberichter Kompanie 3 ?? is then at Narwa with III SS.Pz.Kps under the command of Benno Schaeppi.
This is the structure until April 1944, but by June 1944 the SS Kriegsberichter Kompanies are no longer shown, and the SS Kriegsberichter Zuges assigned to the various Divisions, Brigades etc are now named SS Kriegsberichter Zuges.
For example the LAH Zug is now SS-KB-Zug / leibsdandarte Adolf Hitler.
LAH's KB zug was originally the 3rd SS KB Zug, then became the I Zug of the I SS Kriegsberichter Kompanie.
The organisation with the named SS KB Zuges remained until the end of the war,with the named Zuges sometimes becoming Halb-Zug or Trupps due to losses.
Was the re-organisation too simplyfy the organisation of the Standarte, or because of losses or a lack of resources to maintain the structure?
I hope this helps.
Any corrections or new information is most welcome.