The Waffen-Grenadier-Brigade der SS Charlemange (franzönische Nr. 1) was formed August 1944 when Französische SS-Freiwilligen-Sturmbrigade merged with the Légion des Volontaires Français.
It was upgraded to 33. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS Charlemagne (französische Nr. 1) February 1945.


SS-Hauptstrumführer Erich Kostenbader (10 Aug 1944 - ? Aug 1944)
Oberst Edgar Puaud (? Aug 1944 - ? Feb 1945)

Manpower strength

Dec 1944 7.340

Sources used

Richard Landwehr - French Volunteers of the Waffen-SS
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945

Reference material on this unit

Massimiliano Afiero - Charlemagne: I volontari francesi nella Waffen SS
André Bayle - Von Marseille bis Nowosibirsk
Gregory Bouysse - Waffen-SS Français (2 volumes)
Robert Forbes - Pour L' Europe.The French Volunteers of the Waffen-SS
Richard Landwehr - French Volunteers of the Waffen-SS
Richard Landwehr - Charlemagne's Legionnaires: French Volunteers of the Waffen-SS, 1943-1945
Christian De La Mazière - The Captive Dreamer
Christian De La Mazière - Ashes of honor
Jean Mabire - La division Charlemagne
Jean Mabire - Mourir à Berlin
Marc Augier aka Saint-Loup - Götterdammerung

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