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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.

Commands

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
Alpenland Salzburg June 1, 1939 – May 8, 1945 SS-Brigadeführer Hermann Harm One of two major Oberabschnitt in Austria
Böhmen-Mähren Prague April 1, 1944 – May 8, 1945 SS-Oberführer Emanuel Sladek Primary Oberabschnitt in Czechoslovakia
Donau Vienna May 30, 1938 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Walter Schimana Formed from Oberabschnitt Österreich in 1938
Elbe Dresden April 4, 1936 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Ludolf von Alvensleben Formed from Oberabschnitt Mitte in 1936
Fulda-Werra Arolsen January 1, 1937 – May 8, 1945 SS-Obergruppenführer Josias Erbprinz zu Waldeck-Pyrmont
Lothringen-Saarpfalz Saarbrücken October 1, 1940 – October 15, 1941 SS-Gruppenführer Theodor Berkelmann Renamed Oberabschnitt Westmark in 1941
Main Nuremberg April 1, 1936 – May 8, 1945 SS-Brigadeführer Benno Martin
Mitte Braunschweig April 1, 1936 – May 8, 1945 SS-Obergruppenführer Rudolf Querner Formed from Oberabschnitt Nordwest in 1936
Nord Hamburg October 1, 1932 – April 20, 1940 SS-Gruppenführer Hans-Adolf Prützmann Divided into Oberabschnitts Nordsee and Ostsee in 1940
Nordost Königsberg December 15, 1933 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Otto Hellwig
Nordsee Altona April 20, 1940 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Georg von Bassewitz-Behr Formed from Oberabschnitt Nord in 1940
Nordwest Oslo April 20, 1940 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Wilhelm Rediess Primary Oberabschnitt in Norway.
Ost(1) Berlin November 16, 1933 – November 14, 1939 SS-Obergruppenführer Sepp Dietrich One 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) Krakau September 15, 1942 – May 8, 1945 SS-Obergruppenführer Wilhelm Koppe Primary Oberabschnitt in Poland. Named from former Oberabschnitt Ost located in Germany
Ostland Riga December 12, 1941 – March 3, 1945 SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Jeckeln Primary Oberabschnitt in Latvia
Österreich Vienna February 15, 1934 – May 30, 1938 SS-Oberführer Ernst Kaltenbrunner Renamed as Oberabschnitt Donau in 1938
Ostsee Stettin February 1, 1940 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Emil Mazuw Formed from Oberabschnitt Nord in 1940
Rhein Koblenz January 1, 1934 – September 11, 1943 SS-Gruppenführer Theodor Berkelmann Merged with Oberabschnitt Westmark in 1943 to form Oberabschnitt Rhein-Westmark
Rhein-Westmark Wiesbaden September 11, 1943 – March 24, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Jürgen Stroop Formed from Oberabschnitts Rhein and Westmark in 1943
Spree Berlin November 14, 1939 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Max Schneller (permanent deputy) Known as Oberabschnitt Ost until 1939. Previous name then assigned to a new Oberabschnitt formed in Poland
Süd Munich April 4, 1936 – April 20, 1945 SS-Obergruppenführer Friedrich Karl Freiherr von Eberstein Longest Oberabschnitt in continuous existence, known originally as SS-Gruppe Süd
Südost Brieg and Breslau March 15, 1932 – May 8, 1945 SS-Obergruppenführer Richard Hildebrandt
Südwest Stuttgart November 16, 1933 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Otto Hofmann
Ukraina Kiev December 1, 1941 – September 2, 1944 SS-Obergruppenführer Hans-Adolf Prützmann Primary Oberabschnitt in the Ukraine
Warthe Posen October 26, 1939 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Willy Schmelcher
Weichsel Danzig November 9, 1939 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Fritz Katzmann
West Düsseldorf November 18, 1929 – May 8, 1945 SS-Gruppenführer Karl Gutenberger Known originally as SS-Gruppe West
Westmark Neustadt & Metz October 15, 1941 – September 11, 1943 SS-Gruppenführer Theodor Berkelmann Merged with Oberabschnitt Rhein in 1943 to become Oberabschnitt Rhein-Westmark

References

  • 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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