Bataillon der Waffen-SS z.b.V.
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It was originally a part of the Foreign Ministry under Joachim von Ribbentrop but the Waffen-SS and NSKK provided transportation and other support to the group. It was active in Poland and the Balkans but especially during the invasion of the USSR when companies from it was attached to each of the three Heeresgruppe. A fourth company is believed to have been sent to North Africa.
It was transferred into the Waffen-SS 1942 and was disbanded in 1943.
The name Bataillon der Waffen-SS z.b.V. was also used for the SS-Sonderbataillon Kommandostab Reichsführer-SS in 1941.
CommanderSS-Sturmbannführer Eberhard Freiherr von Künsberg
Manpower strength31 Dec 1942 390
Order of battle4 x Kompanie
Footnotes1. Rosenberg also had a unit of his own involved in the looting, the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR).
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