The SS-Freiwilligen Legion Niederlande was formed 24 September 1941 when SS-Freiwilligen-Verband Niederlande was redesignated.
It was upgraded to 4. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Brigade Nederland in October 1943.


SS-Sturmbannführer Herbert Garthe (? Nov 1941 - ? Feb 1942)
SS-Oberführer Otto Reich (? Feb 1942 - 1 Apr 1942)
SS-Obersturmbannführer Arved Theuermann (1 Apr 1942 - ?)
SS-Standartenführer Josef Fitzthum (? - ?)

Manpower strength

31 Dec 1942 1.755

Holders of high awards

See 23. SS-Freiwilligen-Panzergrenadier-Division Nederland (niederlandische Nr. 1)

Order of battle

I. Bataillon
- 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
13. Kompanie (artillerie)
14. Kompanie (panzerjäger)

Notable members

Gerardus Mooyman (The first non-German to recieve the Knight's Cross, credited with a total of 23+ destroyed tanks)
Dirk Frans Pont (Member of the Senate of the Netherlands for the Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging)
Gerard Rollema (Commander of 5. SS-Standaard in the Germaansche SS in Nederland, Germanic SS in the Netherlands)

In fiction

The 1977 movie "Soldaat van Oranje" ("Soldier of Orange") directed by Paul Verhoeven features soldiers from this unit.

Award ceremony for soldiers of Legion Niederlande, including Gerardus Mooyman in February 1943
(Courtesy of Bundesarchiv/Wikimedia, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Germany)

Recruitment poster "Which of the two is the true Dutchman?"
(Courtesy of Ola)

Stamps of the Legion
(Courtesy of PJ Caliguire)

Sources used

Dr. K-G Klietmann - Die Waffen-SS: eine Dokumentation
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
Jan de Roos & Thea de Roos-van Rooden - Moed en overmoed: Een biografie van burgemeester Dirk Frans Pont
George H. Stein - The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939-1945

Reference material on this unit

Perry Pierik - From Leningrad to Berlin: Dutch Volunteers in the German Waffen-SS
Jan Vincx & Viktor Schotanius - Nederlandse vrijwilligers in Europese krijgsdienst 1940-1945 Vol 2: Vrijwilligers Legioen Nederland

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