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Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945

  • 11.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division
  • Campaigns
  • Western Front 1945
  • History This division was formed in March 1945 in the Linz area in the Netherlands. Formation was to have been completed by 5.01.45, but it was cancelled on 4.08.45. The collection of troops in the Linz area apparently continued even after cancellation. On 4.11.45 CO Oberst Gericke had arrived in Linz, and by 4.20.45 nearly 1100 men had arrived, with 650 in Hörsching and 2700 in Gardelegen. These men could not be transferred to Linz, due to the war situation at that time. Apparently, the various units of the cancelled division were sporadically thrown into combat with various other formations along the northern length of the Western Front shortly before Germany surrendered in May 1945.
    General Composition
    Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 37
    Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 38
    Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 39
    Fallschirm-Panzer-Jäger-Abteilung 11
    Fallschirm-Artillerie-Regiment 11
    Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 11
    Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 11
    Fallschirm-Sanitäts-Abteilung 11
    Kommandeur der Fallschirm-Jäger-Division Nachschubtruppen 11
    Commanders Oberst Walter Gericke 3.45 - 4.45
    War Service Never fully formed, formation cancelled, component units saw sporadic combat shortly before WWII ended.