The SS-Panzerbrigade Westfalen was formed from various training and reserve units around Paderborn in March 1945 and the Heer unit Schwere Panzer Abteilung 507 was also made part of the unit. It was immediately sent to fight the US Army but was destroyed near the Teutoburgerwald.


SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Stern      

Order of battle

SS-Panzer-Aufklärer Regiment Meyer (SS-Sturmbannführer Meyer)
- SS-Pz.Aufkl.Ausb.u.Ers.Abt. I (SS-Sturmbannführer der Reserve Carl-Heinz Frühauf)
- SS-Pz.Aufkl.Ausb.u.Ers.Abt. II (SS-Hauptsturmführer Schaarschmidt)
- SS-Pz.Aufkl.Unterführer-Ausb.Abt. (SS-Hauptsturmführer Sonne)
SS-Panzer-Ausb.u.Ers.Rgt Holzer
- SS-Pz.Aufkl.Ausb.u.Ers.Abt. I (SS-Hauptsturmführer Zimmermann)
- SS-Pz.Aufkl.Ausb.u.Ers.Abt. II (SS-Hauptsturmführer van Geldern)
- SS-Pz.Aufkl.Unterführer-Ausb.Abt. (SS-Hauptsturmführer Burmeister)
- Abt Kloskowski (SS-Hauptsturmführer Kloskowski)
- Abt Grams (SS-Hauptsturmführer Ruprecht Grams)
Schwere Panzer Abteilung 507 (Major Fritz Schöck)

Notable members

Wilhelm Tieke (author of several books on the Waffen-SS)

Sources used

Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945
Ulrich Saft - Krieg in der Heimat. ... bis zum bitteren Ende im Harz

Reference material on this unit

Wilhelm Tieke - SS-Panzer-Brigade Westfalen: Activation - Operations - Destruction, March and April 1945