The SS-Freiwilligen Legion Flandern was formed when SS-Freiwilligen-Verband Flandern was redesignated.
It was redesignated SS-Freiwilligen Sturmbrigade Langemarck 31 May 1943.

Commander

SS-Sturmbannführer Michael Lippert (24 Sep 1941 - 2 Apr 1942)
SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Albert von Lettow-Vorbeck (2 Apr 1942 - ? June 1942)
SS-Hauptsturmführer Hallmann (? June 1942 - 20 June 1942)
SS-Obersturmbannführer Josef Fitzthum (20 June 1942 - 11 July 1942)
SS-Sturmbannführer Conrad Schellong (11 July 1942 - ? May 1943)

Manpower strength

31 Dec 1942 685

Order of battle (Oct 1941)

Stab
1. Schützen-Kompanie
2. Schützen-Kompanie
3. schwere Infanterie-Kompanie
4. schwere Granatwerfer-Kompanie
5. PaK-Kompanie (3,7cm)

Insignia

The "Frw. Legion Flandern", "Freiw. Legion Flandern", "Legion Flandern" and "Flandern" cuff titles were used.

Notable members

Jef François (Leader of Germaansche SS in Vlaanderen 1942-1943)

Legion Vlanderen stamps (23 Dec 1941), Print run: 30.000
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(Courtesy of PJ Caliguire)

The flag of Legion Flandern on parade
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(Courtesy of Die Deutsche Wochenschau/Ivan)

Recruitment posters
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(Courtesy of Ola)

Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - Hitler's Renegades: Foreign nationals in the service of the Third Reich
Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
George H. Stein - The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939-1945

Reference material on this unit

Allen Brandt - The Last Knight of Flanders
Richard Landwehr - Lions Of Flanders
Aline Sax - Voor Vlaanderen volk en Führer
Jonathan Trigg - Hitler's Flemish Lions
A. Van Arendonck - Vlamingen aan het Oostfront
Pieter Jan Verstraete - August Claes: Symbool van de Oostfrontgemeenschap
Jan Vincx - Vlaanderen in Uniform 1940-1945

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