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  • 8.Fallschrim-Jäger-Division
  • Campaigns
  • Western Front 1945
  • History This division was ordered formed on 9.24.44 (with FJR.22, 23, and 24), but the formation was cancelled on 10.15.44 and FJR.23 went to the 2.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division, and the Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung was transferred to the Heer on 1.02.45.

    The division was reformed in January 1945, at Köln-Wahn from various ad-hoc units. The division was refreshed on 3.15.45 at Wesel, by order of Oberbefehlshaber West. The division fought in the defense of the Reichswald and opposed the British Rhine crossing at Rees, and later surrendered in the Ruhr-pocket.
    General Composition
    Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 22
    Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 24
    Fallschirm-Jäger-Regiment 32
    Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 8
    Fallschirm-Pionier-Bataillon 8
    Fallschirm-Feldersatz-Bataillon 8
    Kommandeur der Fallschirm-Jäger-Division Nachschubtruppen 8

    On 2.20.45 Luftwaffen-Festungs-Bataillon XXVII was absorbed by the division.

    Commanders GenMaj. Walter Wadehn 1.06.45 - 5.05.45
    War Service
    Higher HQ
    2.45 - 3.45 II. FsAK / Fs.AOK.1 Nijmegen, Kleve, Menzelen, Wesel
    4.45 II. FsAK / Fs.AOK.1 Ems, Weser, Ruhr-pocket