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Unit Name
6./14 Schiffstammabteilung
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Commander (s)
Fregattenkapitän F. Hauth
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Estimated Strength
1 Infantry Company
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Date committed to Battle
17th September 1944
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A large number of Marine units where committed to the Battle of Arnhem in September 1944 which included the 6th company of 14th Schiff-Stamm Battalion. The Battalion was stationed in Holland and like most units in late September 1944 they were on high alert and tasked with security or as an alarm unit. The Naval Battalion was not a front line unit and it is known that a majority of the personnel withing the battalion were over the age of 50.

The 14th Schiffstammabteilung (minus 1st Company) was stationed in the Betuwe area on the 17th September 1944 and was on high alert due to the recent allied landings reported all over Holland. The battalion sent their 2nd and 3rd companies to the southern end of the Arnhem Bridge, their 4th and 5th companies south to Nijmegen (conflicting information as there are reports of the 4th & 5th company located at the Neerbosch Bridge on the river Waal) and the 6th company was located in Opheusden.

The 6th company was tasked to cross the Rhine river via ferry at Grebbeveer and join the forces of Kampfgruppe 'von Tettau' north of the river. It was placed under command of another Naval unit - the 10. Schiffstammabteilung. Working with the 10th, the company was involved in moving East along the river. It is unknown if the company took part in the attack of the brickworks but it eventually took up defensive positions in Westerbouwing.

The chief-of-staff of the 9th SS-Panzer Division wrote a report about the unit on the 28th September 1944. He said:

"14. Schiffstammabteilung under the command of Fregattenkapitän F. Hauth was in the area from the first day of the enemy airborne landings on 17 September, and was deployed as an infantry unit with defensive and security tasks. The unit possessed a sufficient quantity of infantry weapons (686 rifles, 84 pistols, 27 machine pistols, 21 light machine guns and 5 heavy machine guns) plus 2 captured Russian anti-tank guns. Regarding leadership, the unit was not really suitable for use as infantry because the Officers and NCOs did not have the necessary training for such operations. The men's weapon contol is adequate. Their battle capability is satisfactory. To sum up the unit was not suitable for offensive action, but deemed perfectly suited to defence tasks."

By the end of the Battle of Arnhem the unit's strength was 11 officers, 90 NCOs and 578 men which is evident that is was not committed for offensive operations with still a high number of personnel left in the unit on the 28th September 1944.

An extract map from General Hans von Tettau's report "Einsatz des Stabes von Tettau in Holland, Sept - Oct 1944 which shows the movement of the 14th Schiffstammabteilung during the Battle of Arnhem.


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