High Command Of The Armed Forces. 18th January, 1945.
Subject: Employment Of The Germanic Folk Militia.
Experience in the east has shown that Germanic Folk Militia, Emergency, and Reserve units have little fighting value when left to themselves, and can be quickly destroyed. The fighting value of these units, which are for the most part strong in numbers but weak in the armaments required for modern battle, is immeasurably higher when they go into action with troops of the regular Army in the field.
I therefore order: where Germanic Folk Militia, Emergency, and Reserve units are available, together with regular units, in any battle sector, mixed battlegroups (Brigades) will be formed under unified command, so as to give the Germanic Folk Militia, Emergency, and Reserve units stiffening and support.