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23.Infanterie-Division

Unit Emblems


23.Infanterie-Division Emblem    23.Infanterie-Division Emblem  

Lineage


  • 23.Infanterie-Division

Mobilized


  • Part of standing Army in 1939, 1st mobilization wave

Campaigns


  • Poland 1939
  • Westen Campaing 1940
  • Eastern Front 1941-1942

Notable Points


  • The 23.Infanterie-Division was one of six Heer divisions that were directly linked to specific German officers by giving them an honorary regimental title known as "Chef". This honorary title was unrelated to actual unit command. In this case the honor was given to Generaloberst z.V. Hans von Seekt when he was linked to Infanterie-Regiment 67 on April 22nd, 1936. Seekt was the first officer to have this title bestowed upon him.

Fate


In June of 1942 the 23.Infanterie-Division was absorbed by the 26.Panzer-Division.

History


The 23.Infanterie-Division was formed on October 15th, 1935 in Potsdam.

In June of 1942 the 23.Infanterie-Division was transfered to France in the region of Amiens where it was absorbed by the 26.Panzer-Division.

Organization


General OoB
Infanterie-Regiment 9
Infanterie-Regiment 67
Infanterie-Regiment 68
Artillerie-Regiment 23
I./Artillerie-Regiment 59
Aufklärungs-Abteilung 23
Panzerjäger-Abteilung 23
Pionier-Bataillon 23
Nachrichten-Abteiliung 23
Sanitäts-Abteilung 23
Feldersatz-Bataillon 23

Knights Cross Holders



War Service


Dates Korps Armee Armeegrupp Area
9.39 Reserve 4. Armee Nord Pommern, Polen
10.39 III 6. Armee B Niederrhein
12.39 III 12. Armee A Eifel
1.40-6.40 III 12. Armee A Eifel, Luxemburg
7.40 XXV 12. Armee C Frankreich, Langres
8.40 XVIII 12. Armee C Frankreich
9.40-3.41 XII 4. Armee B Ostpreußen
4.41-5.41 XXXV 4. Armee B Ostpreußen
6.41-7.41 VII 4. Armee Mitte Bialystok, Minsk
8.41 VII 2. Pz. Gruppe Mitte Brest, Smolensk
9.41-10.41 VII 4. Armee Mitte Wjasma
11.41 Reserve Mitte Moskau
12.41 XXXXI 4. Pz. Gruppe Mitte Moskau
1.42 V 4. Pz. Armee Mitte Moshaisk
2.42 IX 4. Pz. Armee Mitte Gshatsk
3.42-4.42 V 4. Pz. Armee Mitte Gshatsk
5.42-6.42 XXXXVI 3. Pz. Armee Mitte Gshatsk
7.42 Reserve D Frankreich
8.42-9.42 LXXXII 15. Armee D Nordfrankreich
10.42 Original Division reformed as 23.Pz.Div
11.42-1.43 Forming anew Befh. d. dt. Truppen Dänemark
2.43 Reserve 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
3.43-4.43 XXXVIII 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
5.43 L 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
6.43 Reserve 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
7.43 XXVI 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
8.43 Reserve 18. Armee Nord Leningrad
9.43 XXXVIII 16. Armee Nord Newel
10.43-11.43 XXXVIII 18. Armee Nord Newel
12.43-1.44 I 16. Armee Nord Newel
2.44-3.44 XXXXIII 16. Armee Nord Sebesh, Opotschka
4.44 L 16. Armee Nord Sebesh, Opotschka
5.44-6.44 II 16. Armee Nord Sebesh, Opotschka
7.44 Reserve 16. Armee Nord Sebesh, Opotschka
8.44 (Kgr.) VI. SS 18. Armee Nord Livland
9.44 Reserve 18. Armee Nord Livland
10.44 XXXXIII 16. Armee Nord Baltic Inseln
11.44 (Kgr.) XXXXIII 16. Armee Nord Baltic Inseln
12.44 (Remnants) XXXXIII 16. Armee Nord Baltic Inseln
1.45 Reforming in WK I BdE Lötzen
2.45-3.45 XXIII 2. Armee Weichsel Westpreußen
4.45 Ostpreußen OKH Westpreußen

Bibliography


  • Die deutschen Infanterie-Divisonen, Band 1-3, by Werner Haupt
  • Die deutsche Feldpostübersicht 1939-1945, Band 1-3, by Nobert Kannapin
  • Die Pflege der Tradition der alten Armee in Reichsheer und im der Wehrmacht, by Schirmer/Wiener
  • Die Truppenkennzeichen... der deutchen Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Band 1-4, by Schmitz/Thies
  • Der Zweite Weltkrieg im Kartenbild, Band 1-3, by Klaus-Jurgen Thies
  • Deutsche Verbände und Truppen 1918-1939, by George Tessin
  • Verbände und Truppen der deutchen Wehrmacht und Waffen-SS..., Band 1-14, by Georg Tessin
  • Formationsgeschichte und Stellenbesetzung 1815-1939, Teil 1, der deutschen Heer, Band 1-3, by Günter Wegner
  • Die Deutsche Wehrmacht u. Waffen-SS, Ihre Kommando. u. Grossverbände... im Zweiten Weltkrieg, author unknown
  • Das Reichsheer und Seine Tradition, author unknown
  • Deutsche Rote Kreuz Suchdienst, Divisionsschicksale, author unknown
  • Reforging the Iron Cross, The Search for Tradition..., by Donald Abenheim
  • The German Infantry Handbook 1939-1945, by Alex Buchner
  • German Army Order of Battle: The Replacement Army 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
  • German Army Order of Battle: Field Army and Officer Corps 1939-1945, by Victor Madej
  • Hitler's Legions, by Samuel Mitcham
  • German Order of Battle World War II, Vol I, by George Nafziger
  • German Order of Battle 1944, author unknown