Research on the German Armed Forces 1918-1945
This division was ordered formed on 9.24.44, but formation was cancelled on
10.25.44. Fallschirm-Luftnachrichten-Abteilung 9 formed for the planned
division was instead transferred to the Heer 85.Infanterie-Division
The division was reformed between December 1944 and February 1945 in the Stettin area from various regular and ad-hoc units.
In late February 1945 II./FJR.25 and III./FJR.26 were flown into Festung Breslau and they were removed from the division. Both units fought to the end in Festung Breslau, those few survivors ending the war in Soviet hands. The rest of the 9.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division saw combat in the Stargard-Dramburg area along the Eastern Front, and it was later refreshed in the Prenzlau area in March of 1945. It was to have absorbed elements of the 2.Fallschirm-Jäger-Division by 3.23.45, but this was apparently cancelled. On 4.08.45 the division still had 11,600 men while in the Berlin area.
The division was thrown into brutal and fierce combat in the region of the Order Front where it was pounded by the Soviets. What was left of it was finally pushed into Berlin where it fought to the last at the Humboldthain Flakturm. The division finally surrendered to the Russians when Berlin fell between April 30th and May 2nd, 1945.
GenLt. Gustav Wilke 9.24.44 - 3.02.45
Gen. Bruno Bräuer 3.02.45 - 4.18.45
Oberst Harry Herrmann 4.19.45 - 5.02.45
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