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Einsatzkommandos in Poland, 1939

The Sicherheitsdienst deployed the following order of battle as Einsatzgruppen and Einsatzkommandos for the 1939 Polish Campaign:


Einsatzgruppe I, also known as EG I–Wien: commanded by SS-Standartenführer Bruno Streckenbach; deployed with the German Fourteenth Army

Einsatzkommando 1/I: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Ludwig Hahn

Einsatzkommando 2/I: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Bruno Müller

Einsatzkommando 3/I: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Alfred Hasselberg

Einsatzkommando 4/I: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Karl Brunner


Einsatzgruppe II, also known as EG II–Oppeln: commanded by SS-Obersturmbannführer Emanuel Schäfer; deployed with the German Tenth Army

Einsatzkommando 1/II: commanded by SS-Obersturmbannführer Otto Sens

Einsatzkommando 2/II: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Karl-Heinz Rux


Einsatzgruppe III, also known as EG III–Breslau: commanded by SS-Obersturmbannführer Hans Fischer; deployed with the German Eighth Army

Einsatzkommando 1/III: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Wilhelm Scharpwinkel

Einsatzkommando 2/III: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Fritz Liphardt


Einsatzgruppe IV, also known as EG IV–Dramburg: commanded by SS-Brigadeführer Lothar Beutel (replaced by Josef Albert Meisinger in October 1939); deployed with the German Fourth Army

Einsatzkommando 1/IV: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Helmut Bischoff

Einsatzkommando 2/IV: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Walter Hammer


Einsatzgruppe V, also known as EG V–Allenstein: commanded by SS-Standartenführer Ernst Damzog; deployed with the German Third Army

Einsatzkommando 1/V: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Heinz Gräfe

Einsatzkommando 2/V: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Robert Schefe

Einsatzkommando 3/V: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Walter Albath


Einsatzgruppe VI: commanded by SS-Oberführer Erich Naumann; deployed in Wielkopolska area

Einsatzkommando 1/VI: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Franz Sommer

Einsatzkommando 2/VI: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Gerhard Flesch


Einsatzgruppe z. B.V: commanded by SS-Obergruppenführer Udo von Woyrsch and later SS-Oberführer Otto Rasch; deployed in Upper Silesia and Cieszyn Silesia


Einsatzkommando 16, also known as EK–16 Danzig: commanded by SS-Sturmbannführer Rudolf Tröger; deployed in Pomerania.

Einsatzkommandos in Poland, 19392016-01-12T17:25:38-06:00

SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Eduard Strauch, Einsatzkommando 1b & 2

SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Eduard Strauch, Einsatzkommando 1b & 2

SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Eduard Strauch, born August 17, 1906 in Essen, commander Einsatzkommando 1b and Einsatzkommando 2, winner of the Iron Cross 1st Class, sentenced at Nürnberg to Death, released from prison by reason of insanity, died on September 9, 1955 in a mental hospital in Uccle, Belgium, said in 1943 on killing Jews: “Gentlemen…we are convinced that someone must carry out these tasks.  I can state with pride that my men…are proud to act out of conviction and fidelity to their Führer.” 

SS-Obersturmbannführer Dr. Eduard Strauch, Einsatzkommando 1b & 22016-02-28T18:29:39-06:00
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