The Estnische SS-Legion was formed in August 1942 from Estonian volunteers. It was sent to Debica, Poland, for training. In March 1943 it was decided that the first battalion would be attached to 5. SS-Panzer-Division Wiking as the Estnisches SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon Narwa and it was removed from the legion.
The amount of volunteers made it possible to expand it and it was redesignated Estnische SS-Freiwilligen Brigade May 1943.


SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Augsberger (20 Oct 1942 - ? May 1943)

Manpower strength

Mar 1943 969 (37/175/757) (Officers/NCO/Enlisted)

Order of battle

I. Bataillon (Apr 1943 transferred to the Wiking division as Estnisches SS-Freiwilligen-Panzer-Grenadier-Bataillon Narwa)
- 1. Kompanie
- 2. Kompanie
- 3. Kompanie
- 4. Kompanie
II. Bataillon
- 5. Kompanie
- 6. Kompanie
- 7. Kompanie
- 8. Kompanie
III. Bataillon
- 9. Kompanie
- 10. Kompanie
- 11. Kompanie
- 12. Kompanie
Pioniere Kompanie
Panzerjäger Kompanie
Artillerie Kompanie

Registration point for volunteers to the Estonian Legion

(Courtesy of Wikimedia)


Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - Hitler's Renegades: Foreign nationals in the service of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Foreign Legions of the Third Reich, vol 4
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
Rolf Michaelis - Estländare i tysk tjänst 1941-1945: en översikt

Reference material on this unit

August Jurs - Estonian freedomfighters in World War Two
Mart Laar - Eesti Leegion: sönas ja pildis / The Estonian legion in words and pictures
Richard Landwehr - Estonian Vikings
Rolf Michaelis - Esten in der Waffen-SS: Die 20. Waffen-Grenadier-Division der SS (estnische Nr. 1)

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