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23.Infanterie-Division

Unit Emblems


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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