The engineering unit SS-Wehrgeologen-Abteilung (mot) 500 was formed in 1942. In March 1944 it was transferred to Brittany in north-western France where it was used to build coastal defences and preparations for flooding. After refitting in Hengelo in the Netherlands it was transferred to Italy in September where it was stationed in the Veneto and Trentino regions. While working of the mountain defences it also saw some action against partisans.


SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Rolf Höhne

Manpower strength

April 1944 - 12 Officers, 50 NCOs, 580 Men

Order of battle

4 x Kompanie

Sources used

Sammlung Vopersal, N 756, vol. no. 297
Kurt Mehner - Die Waffen-SS und Polizei 1939-1945

Reference material on this unit

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