The SS-Kriegsberichter-Kompanie (SS War Reporter's Company) was established in January 1940, it's original formation
being four platoons of war correspondents and their support staff. The platoons were able to operate independent of each
other, each equipped with still and movie cameras to enable to units to visually document the actions of Waffen-SS men in
The company was placed under the command of ex-Allgemeine SS Standartenführer Günter d'Alquen. Upon his transfer to the
Waffen-SS, d'Alquen was given the rank of Waffen-SS Hauptsturmführer der Reserve. d'Alquen would command the unit
throughout its existence, ending the war as an Waffen-SS Standartenführer der Reserve.
Soon after its formation, one platoon was attached to each of the four Waffen-SS combat formations. These platoons were to
remain attached to their respective formations throughout the campaigns in France and the Low Countries, reporting on the
actions of the SS combat formations during the campaign.
The platoons remained attached to the SS combat units during the campaign in the Balkans, taking many famous
photographs, including that of SS-Standartenführer Kurt Meyer at the battle for the Kleisoura Pass.
SS-Kreigsberichter-Kompanie photo depicting Kurt Panzermeyer Meyer in action at Kleisoura Pass, 14 April 1941.By August
1941, the number of Waffen-SS formations had increased, and so the SS-Kreigsberichter-Kompanie was increased in size as
well, becoming the SS-Kreigsberichter-Abteilung. As an Abteilung, the unit had several more war correspondent units attached
to it, enabling it to cover the actions of all the Waffen-SS formations in the field.
As the number of SS combat formations increased, so did the number of correspondents required. In December 1943, the unit
was enlarged to regimental size, and renamed SS-Standarte Kurt Eggers. The honour title Kurt Eggers referred to the SS War
Correspondent and editor of the SS Magazine Das Schwarze Korps who had been killed earlier in the year, while reporting on
the Wiking's battles near Kharkov.
Many of the Kurt Eggers photographers, movie cameramen, writers, broadcaster and recorders were foreign volunteers, and
most were multilingual. Several formations within the Standarte were formed to gather information for occupied or allied
countries, and these sub-units were generally staffed by volunteers of the relevant nationality. At least two U.S. citizens,
several British and a New Zealander served with the Standarte throughout the war.
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