The IX. Waffen-Gebirgskorps der SS (kroatisches) was formed in June 1944 in Croatia and was used to fight partisans until late 1944 when it was transferred to Hungary where it was destroyed fighting against the Soviet Red Army.

Commanders  

SS-Gruppenführer Karl-Gustav Sauberzeig (21 June 1944 - ? Dec 1944)
SS-Obergruppenführer Karl von Pfeffer-Wildenbruch (? Dec 1944 - 12 Feb 1945)

Chef des Stabes  

SS-Obersturmführer Erich Braun (? June 1944 - ? Aug 1944)
Oberstleutnant Daniel Usdau Lindenau (? Dec 1944 - ? Feb 1945)

Area of operations  

Croatia (June 1944 - Dec 1944)
Hungary (Dec 1944 - Feb 1945)

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (3)
- Schaper, Bodo, 22.01.1945, Major i.G. [Heer], Ia IX. Waffen-Gebirgs-AK d. SS
- Schmedding, Ernst, 22.01.1945, SS-Standartenführer, Arko IX. Waffen-Gebirgs-AK d. SS
- Sobotta, Karl-Heinz, 22.01.1945, SS-Sturmbannführer, Korps-Pionier-Führer IX. Waffen-Gebirgs-AK d. SS
Holders of the Knight's Cross (3, including one unofficial/unconfirmed)
- Oakleaves
-- Pfeffer-Wildenbruch, Karl 01.02.1945 [723. EL] SS-Obergruppenführer u. General der Polizei u. W-SS, K.G. IX. Waffen-Geb.AK d. SS
- Knight's Cross
-- Lindenau, Daniel Usdau 10.02.1945 Oberstleutnant i.G. Chef d. Gen.St. IX. SS.-Geb.AK
-- [On their request on 19.03.1945, HGr Süd, Abt. IIa, got the message by Major Domaschk on 26.03.1945 : "Ein Ritterkreuzvorschlag für Otl. i.G. Lindenau hat nicht vorgelegen. Das Ritterkreuz ist an ihn nicht verliehen worden." ; award date presumably determined by OdR]
-- Pfeffer-Wildenbruch, Karl 11.01.1945 SS-Obergruppenführer u. General der Polizei u. W-SS K.G. IX. Waffen-Geb.AK d. SS

Order of Battle - Korpstruppen

SS-Korps-Nachrichten-Abteilung 109
SS-Gebirgs-Artillerie-Regiment 509
Schwere SS-Beobachtungs-Batterie 509
SS-Flak-Abteilung 509
SS-Feldgendarmerie-Trupp 509
SS-Feldpostamt 509
SS-Feldlazarett 509
SS-Kampfgruppe Dörner (SS-Polizei Regiment 1 with some additional manpower)

Order of battle (26 Dec 1944)

8. SS-Kavallerie-Division
22. SS-Kavallerie-Division
13. Panzer-Division
60. Panzergrenadier-Division Feldherrnhalle
271. Infanterie-Division
Flaksturmregiment Nr 12
4. SS-Polizei-Regiment
4 x Infantry battalions (surviving elemets from other units)

Sources used

Roger James Bender & Hugh Page Taylor - Uniforms, Organization and History of the Waffen-SS, vol 2
Georges M. Croisier - Waffen-SS (PDF)
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
Marc J. Rikmenspoel - Waffen-SS Encyclopedia
Gordon Williamson - German Mountain & Ski Troops 1939-45
Mark C. Yerger - Waffen-SS Commanders: The Army, corps and divisional leaders of a legend (2 vol)

Reference material on this unit

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