The 2. SS-Infanterie-Brigade (mot) was formed in April 1941 from SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 5 Dietrich Eckhart (SS-Infanterie-Regiment 5), SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 4 Ostmark (SS-Infanterie-Regiment 4) and SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 14 (SS-Infanterie-Regiment 14) and was assigned to Kommandostab RFSS. It was used to form Lettische SS-Freiwilligen-Brigade in May 1943.

Known war crimes

This brigade took part in numerous atrocities, especially against Jews, as part of Kommandostab RFSS.

Commanders

SS-Brigadeführer Karl von Treuenfeld (24 Apr 1941 - ? July 1941)
SS-Standartenführer Gottfried Klingemann (5 July 1941 - ? Jan 1943)
SS-Brigadeführer Friedrich Edler von R. Scholz (26 Jan 1943 - 30 Apr 1943)
SS-Standartenführer Rohde (1 May 1943 - ? 1943)
SS-Standartenführer Hinrich Schuldt (? 1943 - 18 May 1943)

Manpower strength

31 Dec 1942 924

Holders of high awards

Holders of the German Cross in Gold (3)
- Burk, Karl, 05.11.1942, SS-Standartenführer, Kdr. SS-Flak-Abt. "Ost" / 2. SS-Inf.Brig. (mot) / XXXVIII. AK [in Personalunion Flakführer XXXVIII. AK]
- Klingemann, Gottfried, 23.02.1943, SS-Brigadeführer, Kdr. 2. SS-Inf.Brig. (mot)
- Schintlholzer, Louis, 21.08.1942, SS-Obersturmführer, 2. SS-Inf.Brig. (mot)

Order of battle (26 May 1941)

Stab
SS-Infanterie-Regiment 4 (1)
SS-Infanterie-Regiment 14
Begleit-Bataillon Reichsführer-SS
SS-Flak-Abteilung Ost
Nachrichten-Kompanie
Sanitäts-Kompanie
Kr.Kw.-Zug
Werkstatt-Zug

Officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen

Einsatzgruppen 1
(includes officers serving in the Einsatzgruppen either prior to or after service in this unit)

Footnotes

1. The remnants of SS-Infanterie-Regiment 4 Langemarck were transferred to SS-Division (mot) Reich where it was used to form Schnelles-SS-Schützen-Regiment Langemarck.

Sources used

Terry Goldsworthy - Valhalla's Warriors: A history of the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front 1941-1945
Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
James Pontolillo - Murderous Elite: The Waffen-SS and its complete record of war crimes
George H. Stein - The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939-1945

Reference material on this unit

Martin Cüppers - Wegbereiter der Shoah: Die Waffen-SS, der Kommandostab Reichsführer-SS und die Judenvernichtung 1939-1945
G.M. Prechtl - Unsere Ehre Heißt Treue: Kriegstagebuch des Kommandosstabes Reichführer-SS - Tätigkeitsberichte der 1. und 2. SS-Inf.Brigade, der 1. SS-Kav.Brigade und von Sonderkommandos der SS

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