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History

 

July 1944: During the summer of 1944 some 800-1000 men express a wish to join the SS at the HQ of V Corps of the Honvédség in Szeged. Their request is forwarded to the Hungarian Ministry of Defence who contacts Georg Keppler SS-Gruppenführer und Generalleutnant der Waffen-SS.

August 15 1944: Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” is formed consisting of Hungarian soldiers, Hungarian Gendarmes and Levente Youth (1)  members and is to be commanded by Standartenfuhrer Laszlo Deak in Szeged. The unit is classed as a special troop of the Reichfuhrer SS

It is about battalion strength (slightly more than 1 000 men) and its structure is this:

Battalion Headquarters Platoon

HQ Company Security Platoon

 Communications Platoon

 

 Motorcycle Despatch Platoon

 1st Company

 2nd Company

3rd Company (Later designated the training company)

4th Company (Heavy machine gun Platoon)

Command language is to be Hungarian.

August 20 1944: A contract is signed with the Hungarian Ministry of Defence to form a new SS unit.  László Deák is assigned CO as SS- Standartenfuhrer .  Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” is taken over by the Waffen SS and is assigned as a “special  formation” to IX SS Mountain Corps under SS Gruppenfuhrer Karl Sauberweig which is headquartered  in Belgrade.


August 21 1944: The unit moves to IX SS-Gebirgskorps supply depot in Belgrade. The depot accepts the recruits and equips them.


August 25 1944: Armed and fully supplied the Kampfgruppe moves to Újvidék/Novi Sad


August 26 1944: Basic training of the green 3 Company and training of the other Companies for German weapons starts.


September 10 1944: The unit returns to Hungary.  Training starts near to the town of Titel which is in Bacs Committee.


September 21 1944: Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” is combat ready apart from the green 3 Company which is designated a training unit.


September 22 1944: The Kampfgruppe (less 3rd company who carry on training) transfer back to southern Bácska-Bánát where they fight Tito and his partisans under the overall command of Army Group F/Southeast. This continues until October 10 1944. The Kampfgruppe withdraw to Ujvidek.


October 10 1944: 3rd Company rejoin the rest of Kampfgruppe ,,Deak”


October 11 1944: Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” (now at full strength)  is heavily engaged in a fighting retreat along both banks of the river Danube in the south Batschka region and around Baranya under 22 SS ,,Maria Theresia” (2) and then 31. SS Grenadier division. This continues until October 28 1944


October 28 1944: After acting as rearguard during the withdrawal, and suffering losses of 297 men (3 officers and 272 men killed and 22 men missing) and approximately 400 wounded Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” is withdrawn back to Hungary.

October 29 1944: Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” are moved to the Kaposvár area and  to Zalaszentgrót


October 30 1944: Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” reaches its new quarters at Balatonszentgyorgy.

 

November 3 1944: Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” is officially ordered to disband and become part of 25 SS ,,Hunyadi”

 

November 9 1944: Laszlo Deak is promoted to Oberfuhrer and named first commander of 61 Grenadier Regiment

 

November 10 1944: Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” becomes part of 61 Grenadier regiment (mainly in I Battalion) 

 
 
 
 
Insignia
 

Standard Waffen SS uniforms were worn. As the Kampfgruppe fought alongside the 22 SS Division the cornflower collar patch as worn by 22 SS Division ,,Marie Theresia” may have been used.

 


1  The Levente Institution was a para-military organisation for 17 years of age and over. It was similar to the Hitler Youth but differed in respect of political and ideological training.
 

2  On or around October 11 1944 Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” was pencilled in to become part of  a 33 SS Freiwilligen Grenschutz Division. There was a proposal to form a 33. SS-Freiwilligen-Grenadier Division out of the Hungarian Heimwacht (the home defense force of the Hungarian ethnic-German community). The plan fell through and the 33. Division later became the 31 SS Freiwilligen Division. This may account for a source that states that Kampfgruppe ,,Deak” was attached to 33 SS Division.

 

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