The SS-Artillerie-Standarte/SS-VT was formed in 1939 at Münsterlager.
It took part in the invasion of Poland attached to Panzer-Division Kempf and following that campaign it was used to form SS-Division Verfügungstruppe (later renamed Das Reich)

Known war crimes

Soldiers from the SS-Artillerie-Standarte along with a few Heer soldiers killed 50 Jews in Goworowo, east of Róznan on 9 September,
A soldier from the SS-Artillerie-Standarte was sentenced to three years in prison in 1939 by a military court for taking part in the massacre and a Heer officer to nine-years. The sentences was later overturned in an amnesty. (1)


SS-Obersturmbannführer Peter Hansen

Order of battle

Rgt. Stab
I. Artillerie-Abteilung
II. Artillerie-Abteilung
III. Artillerie-Abteilung
Le Artilleriekolonnen x 3


1. "The Origins of the Final Solution" by Christopher R. Browning and "Hitler strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology and atrocity" by Alexander B. Rossino, page 105-107.

Sources used

Christopher R. Browning - The Origins of the Final Solution
Andrew Mollo - Uniforms of the SS: Collected Edition
Alexander B. Rossino - Hitler strikes Poland: Blitzkrieg, Ideology and atrocity
Jacek Solarz - SS Verfügungstruppen 1939
George H. Stein - The Waffen-SS: Hitler's Elite Guard at War 1939-1945
Otto Weidinger - Das Reich, vol I

Reference material on this unit

Otto Weidinger - Das Reich I