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February 6 1945:The Hungarian SS divisions (25. SS ,,Hunyadi” and 26. SS ,,Hungária”) are training at Neuhammer camp when the Russians advance comes near. Due to the divisions being only partly formed an Alarm Regiment is organised from volunteers from both 25. ,,Hunyadi” and 26. ,,Hungaria” (please see the section on 25. SS ,,Hunyadi” for full details)

February 7 1945:Due to the German – Hungarian Agreement that says that the Hungarian SS Divisions could only fight on Hungarian soil volunteers are asked for to make up the Alarm Battalion. During the formation of the Alarm Regiment the Waffen SS Grenadier battalion ,,Szalasi” is formed. Its name being taken from the fact that most if not all the volunteers are from the Arrow cross movement and are still wearing the black uniforms of the movement [1]. The men want to fight in their black uniforms but they are unsuitable and also illegal under the Geneva Convention. Jozsef Grassy personally intervenes and gets the battle group their regulation uniforms. It is unlikely that Szalasi knows of the battle group named after him. The battalion numbers approximately 250 men. The officers and non-commissioned officers' are mainly Hungarian with the exception of some platoon sergeants and an officer. SS-Sturmbannfuhrer Rudolf von Keitz is named as the battalion's commander but he does not take the position in the end. The eventual commander is a Hungarian Waffen-Obersturmbannfuhrer. The large part of the battalion is inexperienced and untrained 

February 8 1945: In the course of Neuhammer camp's evacuation Kampfgruppe ,,Szalasi” leaves Neuhammer and heads for Dresden passing into the Zwickau area.

February 14 1945: February 14 – 21. Kampfgruppe ,,Szalasi” arrives and sets up camp between Aue and Reichenberg. The kampfgruppe receives orders to move to an area close to Görlitz. The command also removes the kampfgruppe from the Hungarian SS division’s control at the same time.

February 22 1945: The kampfgruppe starts the march to the area as instructed but a new command is received which directs them to the Hirschberg area, where the kampfgruppe stays until the end of February.

March 1 1945: Kampfgruppe ,,Szalasi”(numbering approximately 200-300 men ) becomes part of the 31. SS volunteer grenadier division and the kampfgruppe becomes part of the 31. SS volunteer artillery battalion. Shortly after the battalion receives some SS-Untersturmfuhrer’s who have attended the Prague SS military academy recently (SS-Junkerschule), thus resulting in little Hungarian officer’s at the corps. Later at Waldenburg SS-Untersturmführer Bernwald Zvonimir takes command of the battalion.The battalion's command post is established in Striegé.

April 13 1945: During a battle reconnaissance, the battalion's commander, SS-Untersturmfuhrer Bernwald Zvonimir receives a splinter wound from Soviet mortar and leaves the battalion for treatment

May 5 1945: SS-Untersturmfuhrer Bernwald Zvonimir returns to the battalion but not as company commander.

May 7 1945: The remaining elements of what had been Kampfgruppe ,,Szalasi” are captured by the Russians shortly after the capture of Breslau.

 
Uniform and Insignia

Standard German issue uniforms. The insignia worn when the unit was kampfgruppe ,,Szalasi” is unknown. When taken over by the 31. SS Division it is assumed that the divisional insignia would have been worn,



[1]  One source states that Alarm battalion ,,Szalasi” is formed from volunteers who have served in the elite ,,Szalasi Guard” This was the bodyguard to the Hungarian National leader. Another source states that the volunteers for Kampfgruppe ,,Szalasi” came from Arrow Cross members from both 25. SS Division ,,hunyadi” and 26. SS Division ,,Hungaria” The majority of the volunteers are 16-17 yrs old


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