The 10th SS Panzer Division Frundsberg was a Waffen-SS panzer division that was formed and fought during World War II. It was created in February 1, 1943, in southern France as the 10th SS Panzergrenadier Division, which was a reserve division under the command of Standartenführer Michael Lippert. Its status of Panzergrenadier was changed to Panzer division (armored) in June 1943. On October 3, 1943, this German Waffen-SS Panzer Division was Christened "Frundsberg", to honor the 16th Century German landsknecht commander Georg von Frundsberg.
The 10th SS Panzer Division was formed from conscripts, having its baptism of fire at Tarnopol, in the Ukraine, in April 1944. It participated in the rescue of German troops that had been trapped in a Russian encirclement in the Kamianets-Podilskyi pocket. In June 1944, it was then sent to Normandy to counter the Allied landings. Along with the 9th SS Panzer-Division Hohenstaufen, the 10th SS Panzer Division fought ferociously, holding the British Forces back in Normandy, specially during Operation Epsom.
Having been sent to Belgium to be refitted and reinforced, the 10th SS Panzer Division successfully fought against the Allied parachute units during Operation Market Garden at Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, at which time it, along with the 9th SS Panzer, constituted the II SS Panzer Corps. Then it fought in the Alsace in January 1945 before being sent to the Eastern Front where it engaged several divisions of the Red Army in Pomerania. In April 1945, the 10th SS Panzer Division fought against the Soviet Army in Spremberg (eastern Germany, near the Polish border), where it was encircled by overwhelming Soviet units. Nevertheless, with overwhelming courage and determination, the men that constituted this German division managed to tear out a gap and get out of the encirclement and retreat westward. In the following days it kept fighting in Kausche and Plessa. In May 1945, at the end of the war, the decimated 10th SS Panzer Division still fought in Bad Schandau, in the Czech Republic. Between May 10 and May 12, 1945, the Division’s remnants attempted unsuccessfully to reassemble, and disbanded on their own in an effort to make their way west individually. A number of survivors, who were not captured by either Soviet or Czech forces enroute, surrendered to the US 102nd Infantry Division at Tangermünde, on the Elbe River.
Elements that made up the 10th SS Panzer Division
SS-Flak Artillerie-Abteilung 10
SS-Standartenführer Michael Lippert: (February 1, 1943 – February 15, 1943)
SS-Gruppenführer Lothar Debes: (February 15, 1943 – 15 November 1943)
SS-Gruppenführer Karl Fischer von Treuenfeld: (November 15, 1943 – April 27, 1944)
SS-Brigadeführer Heinz Harmel: (April 27, 1944 – April 28, 1945)
SS-Obersturmbannführer Franz Roestel: (April 28, 1945 – May 12, 1945)