The III. SS-Panzerkorps (germanisches) was formed in April 1943 at Truppenübungsplatz Grafenwöhr and fought mainly on the Eastern front. It was stationed in Croatia September-December 1943 were it took part in the disarming of Italian troops and also some anti-partisan operations.
It ended the war near Mecklenburg.

Commanders  

SS-Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner (1 May 1943 - 9 Nov 1943)
SS-Obergruppenführer Georg Keppler (9 Nov 1944 - 4 Feb 1945)
SS-Obergruppenführer Matthias Kleinheisterkamp (4 Feb 1945 - 11 Feb 1945)
Generalleutnant Martin Unrein (11 Feb 1945 - 5 Mar 1945)
SS-Obergruppenführer Felix Steiner (5 Mar 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Chef des Stabes  

SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Sporn (1 May 1943 - 1 June 1943)
SS-Oberführer Joachim Ziegler (20 June 1943 - ? July 1944)
SS-Oberführer Gustav Krukenberg (? 1944 - 1 Aug 1944)
SS-Standartenführer Hans Sport (1 Sep 1944 - 9 Nov 1944)
SS-Oberführer Helmut von Vollard-Böckelberg (? Sep 1944 - 1 Mar 1945)
SS-Sturmbannführer Jürgen von Bock (? Mar 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
SS-Obersturmbannführer Wilhelm Radtke (? Apr 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
SS-Oberführer Helmut von Volland-Böckelberg (? Apr 1945 - ? May 1945)

Area of operations  

Germany (May 1943 - Sep 1943)
Yugoslavia (Sep 1943 - Dec 1943)
Eastern front, northern sector (Dec 1943 - Feb 1945)
Germany (Feb 1945 - May 1945)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the Commendation Certificate of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army (1)
- Wald, Kurt, 07.01.1945 (5113), SS-Obersturmführer, Btl.Fhr./Auffrischungsstab Gen.Kdo. III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps
Holders of the German Cross in Silver (4)
- Meyer, Martin, 03.02.1945, SS-Standartenführer, Korps-Intendant III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps
- Schönfelder, Roland, 14.01.1945, SS-Sturmbannführer, Stomü III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps
- Sporn, Hans, 28.06.1944, SS-Obersturmbannführer, Stopi III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps
- Unbehaun, Dr. Gerd, 03.02.1945, SS-Oberführer, Korpsarzt III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps
Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Waffen-SS (1)
- Schäfer, Max, 25.11.1944, SS-Obersturmbannführer, III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps
Holders of the Knight's Cross (2)
- Swords (1)
-- Steiner, Felix 10.08.1944 [86. Sw] SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS K.G. III. (germ.) Pz.Korps
- Oakleaves (1)
-- Schäfer, Max 25.01.1945 [714. EL] SS-Standartenführer Korps-Pi.Führer / III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps

Holders of high awards (Korps-Truppen)

Holders of the Honor Roll Clasp of the Waffen-SS (1)
- Becker, Helmuth, 25.05.1944, SS-Oberscharführer, 3./SS-Korps-Werf.Abt. 3 / III. (germ.) SS-Pz.Korps

Order of battle - Korpstruppen

Fliegerstaffel
SS-Korpskartenstelle (mot.) 103
Schwere SS-Panzer-Abteilung 103 / 503
1944 ArKo (H) 138
SS-ArKo III
SS-Flak Abteilung 103
1.SS-Flugabwehr-Kompanie
2.SS-Flugabwehr-Kompanie
SS-Werfer-Abteilung 103 / 503 (1)
- SS-Werfer-Batterie 521
SS-Korps-Nachrichten-Abteilung 3/103
Schwere SS-Beobachtungsbttr (mot.) 503
SS-Wehrgeologen-Kompanie
1.SS-Kraftfahr-Kompanie 103
2.SS-Kraftfahr-Kompanie 103
SS-Kraftfahrzeug-Instandsetzungs-Zug
SS-Bekleidungs-Instandsetzungs-Kompanie
SS-Korps-Sanitäts-Abteilung 103
SS-Korps-Sanitäts-Kompanie 503
SS-Feldlazarett 503
SS-Feldpostamt (mot.) 103
SS-Kriegsberichter-Kompanie (mot.)
SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trp. (mot.) 103
SS-Korps-Sicherung-Kompanie 103
SS-Sturm-Kompanie 103
SS-Pflegestellw 156 / RuSHA

Notable members

Christian Peder Kryssing (Danish officer who reached the highest Waffen-SS rank of any non-German, SS-Brigadeführer)

Officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen

Einsatzgruppen 2
(includes officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen either prior to or after service in this unit)

Footnotes

1. SS-Werfer-Abteilung 103 was formed in 1943 as SS-Wefer-Abteilung Generalkommando III SS-Panzer-Korps with five batteries and was redesignated SS-Werfer-Abteilung 103 in October 1943 and SS-Werfer-Abteilung 503 in September 1944. SS-Werfer-Batterie 521 (sometimes listed as SS-Vielfachwerfer-Batterie 521) was attached to it during the second half of 1944.

Sources used

Roger James Bender & Hugh Page Taylor - Uniforms, Organization and History of the Waffen-SS, vol 2
Georges M. Croisier - Waffen-SS (PDF)
Terry Goldsworthy - Valhalla's Warriors: A history of the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1941-1945
Steve Kane - Waffen-SS Forces in the Balkans: A checklist (in World War II Journal, Vol 7)
Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
Samuel W. Mitcham Jr - The Panzer Legions: A guide to the German Army Tank Divisions of WWII and Their Commanders
Marc J. Rikmenspoel - Waffen-SS Encyclopedia
Mark C. Yerger - Waffen-SS Commanders: The Army, corps and divisional leaders of a legend (2 vol)

Reference material on this unit

Dough Nash - Hell's Gate
George M. Nipe Jr. - Decision In the Ukraine, Summer 1943: II. SS and III. Panzerkorps
Wilhelm Tieke - Korps Steiner Nordland/Nederland: Nachräge zu den Truppengeschichten
Wilhelm Tieke - Tragedy of the Faithful: A history of III. (germanisches) SS-Panzer-Korps
Lennart Westberg, Martin Månsson & Geir Brenden - Himmler's Favourite: The Combat History of III SS Panzerkorps Volume 1: From Formation to Autumn 1944

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