The SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 12 was formed in Posen from parts of SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 5 Dietrich Eckhart & SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 7.
It was disbanded in August 1940 and its men was transferred to SS-Totenkopf-Standarte Kirkenes and some to SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 4 Ostmark & SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 9.

Known war crimes

Soldiers from a company of SS-Totenkopf-Standarte 12 executed the patients in a large psychiatric hospital in Owińska, Poland. Over 1000 patients are estimated to have been taken away in trucks, shot and buried in mass graves. (1)


SS-Obersturmbannführer Wilhelm Sacks

Manpower strength

July 1940 2.650


1. "Soldiers of Destruction" by Charles W. Sydnor and "Murderous Elite: The Waffen-SS and its complete record of war crimes" by James Pontolillo, page 117.

Sources used

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
Charles W. Sydnor - Soldiers of Destruction

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