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1st Sturmjaeger Regiment
 
History

January 5 1945: The schi battalions from 25 SS ,,Hunyadi” and 26 SS ,,Hungaria” are transported by rail from Neuhammer camp. They go by different routes. (1)

January 6 1944: 25. Schi and 26. Schi battalions link up with IV Panzer Corps at Gyroszentivan. They are to take part in the relief of Budapest.

January 8 1945: The 1st Hungarian Sturmjaeger Regiment comes into being at Tata in Hungary (2).
It is classed as a “special troop” of the Reichfuhrer SS and is issued with better equipment than standard Waffen Grenadiers.

Its initial order of battle was:

Commander Sturmbannfuhrer Kelemen Ridegh

Regimental Staff (FP 65 461

Translator platoon

Signals platoon

Motorcycle messenger platoon

Field Police

Staff security platoon

 

I Battalion (companies I-III) (FP 65 461 A)

Commander Hauptsturmfuhrer Tamas Barna

(Formally 25 Waffen Schi Jaeger Battalion der SS) 

II Battalion (companies IV-VI) (3) (FP 65 461B)

 

Commander Hauptsturmfuhrer Dr A Lenk

(Formally 26 Waffen Schi Jaeger Battalion der SS)

January 9 1945: The Sturmjaeger regiment carries out combined unit training exercises for the first and only time.

 
January 10 1945: The training exercises continue. Late in the day the regiment is transferred by trucks to the frontline positions of 5th SS Division ,,Viking”.

January 11 1945: The Sturmjaeger regiment goes into action for the first time along side 10th SS Regiment ,,Westland”. The  regiment which spearheads the assault captures Piliszenkereszt but suffers a large number of casualties.(4)


January 13 1945: The Sturmjaeger regiment is withdrawn from the fighting for rest, re-supply and regrouping.

January 14 1945: The regiment moves to Csor.

January 15 1945: The regiment is now down to 900 men having had 600 casualties in two days of fighting.

January 18 1945: The Sturmjaeger regiment returns to the front and this time fights with the III panzer corps. The regiment takes part in the advance towards Dunapentele.

January 19 1945: The corps loses some 160 dead and 70 wounded in the course of the advance towards Dunapentele.

January 20 1945: The Sturmjaeger regiment is back with the ,,Viking” division and along with ,,Westland” and the Hungarian SS Brigade ,,Ney” retakes Stuhlweissenburg. 

January 21 1945: In the two days of fighting since rejoining ,,Viking” the Sturmjaeger regiment has had a further 230 casualties. Parts of the Sturmjaeger regiment have now become mixed in with SS Brigade ,,Ney”

January 22/23 1945: During the advance with ,,Viking” towards Adony the Sturmjaeger regiment becomes even more splintered and no longer operates as a single unit. The regiments’ headquarters are disbanded.

January 25 1945: A part of the regiment is now with III Panzer corps again whilst II battalion is in action in the Lepseny / Balantonvilagos / Balatonszabadi area. 

January 29 1945: The remnants of the Sturmjaeger regiment are ordered to regroup at Csor.

February 2 1945: What is left of the Sturmjaeger regiment is involved in defensive fighting around Stuhlweissenburg. This continues until March 22 1945. The regiment is attached to both ,,Viking” and III Panzer Corps during the fighting.

March 22 1945: The regiment withdraws towards Austria.

March 23 1945: The regiment is withdrawn from combat due to the regiment having no ammunition. (5) The regiment is split into 2 units, ,,Gruppe Lenk” (6) and ,,Gruppe Ridegh” (7)

March 24/26 1945: After a long march on foot the two units reach the area around Morichida and Janoshaza. ,,Gruppe Lenk” is attached to the German 1st Mountain division (under XXII Mountain Corps) in theSt. Michael area while ,,Gruppe Ridegh” is attached to a Hungarian mountain division in the Marcal line.  

March 30 1945: ,,Gruppe Lenk” joins IV SS Panzer Corps south of Szombathely and is assigned to SS Brigade ,,Ney”. ,,Gruppe Ridegh” joins II SS Panzer Corps.

April 4 1945: At 03.00 ,,Gruppe Ridegh” crosses the Austria / Hungarian border near Mosonszentpeter. The unit continues to fight at various locations (including Neustadt and Mayerling) in Austria for the next 4 weeks. ,,Gruppe Lenk” rejoins 1st Mountain division / III Panzer Corps in the area close to St Michael in Austria.

April 18 1945: ,,Gruppe Lenk” rejoins ,,Viking” and comes under the command of 1st Hungarian Schi battalion.

May 1945: In the last days of the war ,,Gruppe Lenk” (about 150/200 strong) leaves the 1st Hungarian Schi battalion and travels to Klangenfurt where it surrenders to English troops (8)

May 5 1945: ,,Gruppe Ridegh” (about 150 strong) surrender to the Americans at Enns. (9)

 
Uniforms

The  regiment was issued with captured French khaki jackets and tunics and standard German SS issue mountain clothing.

 

Insignia

The  regiment had first choice of the Hungarian approved insignia. Collar tabs of ‘H’ where apparently issued.


1 The 25. Schi battalion travels via Prague and Vienna, the 26. Schi battalion travels via Ostrava and Bratislava

2 It numbers approximately 1 500 men.

3 IV company was the heavy weapons company

4 In the offensive actions in around Piliszenkereszt the Sturmjaeger regiment had 2 officers and 127 men killed and 2 officers and 17 men listed as missing

5 The Sturmjaeger regiment had been issued with the latest automatic assault rifles when formed

6 This comprises of companies I, III and VI under Hauptsturmfuhrer Lenk

7 This comprises of companies II, IV and V under Sturmbannfuhrer Ridegh

8 Parts of ,,Gruppe Lenk” surrender along with the Hungarian ,,St Laszlo” division

9 In defensive fighting and during the withdraw the Sturmjaeger regiment had 2 officers and 301 men killed and 3 officers and 143 men listed as missing.

 


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