The XVIII. SS-Armeekorps controlled Heer units on the Upper Rhine front until the end of the war.

Commanders

SS-Gruppenführer Heinz Reinfarth  (? Dec 1944 - 12 Feb 1945)
SS-Obergruppenführer Georg Keppler  (12 Feb 1945 - 8 May 1945)

Chef des Stabes

SS-Brigadeführer Peter Hansen  (5 Feb 1945 - ? Apr 1945)
Oberstleutnant Kurt Gerber  (? Apr 1945 - ? May 1945)

Area of operations

France & Western Germany  (Dec 1944 - May 1945)

Order of battle - Korpstruppen

ArKo 499
Nachrichten-Abteilung 499

Order of battle

48. Infanterie-Division
89. Infanterie-Division
159. Infanterie-Division
716. Infanterie-Division
Division Nr. 805
Brigade 1005
Brigade Baur
Luftwaffen-Brigade Notti
Polizei-Bataillon Deggingen


The SS-Sonderstab Rode (named for SS-Brigadeführer Ernst Rode) was formed in late November 1944 to oversee the construction of defensive works at Neuenburg (present day Neuenburg am Rhein). It was commanded by SS-Obersturmbannführer Werner Bühnemann and made up of workers (both Alsatian civilians and workers from the occupied east) and soldiers from both the Volkssturm and Waffen-SS. It is believed to have been disbanded a few weeks later when the work as completed.

Sources used

Roger James Bender & Hugh Page Taylor - Uniforms, Organization and History of the Waffen-SS, vol 2
Georges M. Croisier - Waffen-SS (PDF)
Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Richard Landwerhr - SS Special Staff Rode (in Siegrunen No 80)
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
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

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